I assume you guys figured out by now that I’m going to be doing these things pretty sporadically. However, I promise to try to update at least once every two weeks. They say the standings start to become significant after Memorial Day… so those teams that find themselves several games back should start to get worried.
1. NY Mets: Just barely over Boston. That sweep of the streaking Marlins really showed the rest of the NL East who is boss. They get the nod over the Saahks because their division is far more talented.
2. Boston: Winners of two straight over the second toughest team in the AL and owners of the best record in baseball. Josh Beckett is back from the DL and still undefeated. Still, I just can’t see them beating the Mets in a best of 7 series.
3. Cleveland: I don’t care who you are, it’s darn near impossible to win a series right now against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. That sweep of the Tigers in Detroit was huge. Casey Blake won the AL player of the week for his efforts.
4. LA Angels: Personally, I think this team has only just begun.
5. Arizona: Led by rookie 3b Mark Reynolds, this team has won 6 straight to propel themselves to the top of the NL West. If they consistently play like they have this team may actually make the playoffs despite being in a very tough division.
6. San Diego: Kevin Kouzmanoff has been just what the doctor ordered for this team. Right now, this is my pick to win the NL West.
7. Detroit: That sweep by the Indians had to sting.
8. LA Dodgers: Once Jason Schmidt returns their rotation will be complete. Maybe he will be back in time for the Padres series.
9. Milwaukee: Very lucky to be playing in the NL Central. If they don’t wake up the Marlins will slap them silly this weekend.
10. Atlanta: This team is on life support.
11. Minnesota: Well look who’s back… Maurer isn’t ready to come off the DL yet, but right now they don’t really need him.
12. Seattle: Still finding ways to win. Adrian Beltre has become relevant again.
13. Florida: Looked exhausted and out classed this weekend by the Mets. However, that series against the Phillies was very entertaining. Forget the division, but if absolutely everything goes right and they catch on fire for an extended period of time the fish might be able to swipe the wild card.
14. Chicago White Sox: Probably would be in first place if they played in the NL Central. Ken Williams would be out of his mind to trade Mark Buehrle.
15. Oakland: Dan Johnson is for real.
16. The team that everyone hates: Swept the Braves, but lost two out of three against the Marlins and two straight against the DBacks. Scotty O would kick the snot out of Chase Ugly.
17. Colorado: Unlikely to sneak away with the Wild Card, but right now they are playing better than any Rockies team has in about a decade.
18. San Francisco: Best last place team in the majors.
19. Pittsburgh: Why is Milwaukee safe no matter how poorly they play? Pittsburgh is the second best team in this division.
20. Baltimore: Their offense has the capability to be halfway decent. I think this team is only a couple of elite starters away from competing.
21. Chicago Cubs: Sloppiest team in baseball.
22. Toronto: It’s obvious they aren’t going to compete this year. They should shop A.J. Burnett and Troy Glaus at the deadline for some young talent. Glaus would look good in a Dodger uniform while A.J. could help the Mets.
23. NY Yankees: It’s official, the Yankees genuinely suck. I doubt Brian Cashman gets another GM job after Steinbrenner finally cans him… then again, there are some stupid teams out there.
24. Tampa Bay: Elijah Dukes needs a change of scenery. Maybe the Marlins should make a move, they need a lead off hitter and a center fielder.
25. Washington: They have been playing above their heads lately, now they appear that they will finish with less than 100 losses. Good for Manny Acta, he has done a pretty good job over there despite the glaring need for more talent.
26. St. Louis: I have a feeling that Rick Ankiel is about to get called up. That should be fun to watch…
27. Kansas City: Finally Alex Gordon decides to hit.
28. Cincinnati: That bad luck excuse only goes so far. Whatever, nothing left to do this year except trade Griffey for prospects.
29. Houston: This bunch of curmudgeons have lost 10 games in a row now.
30. Texas: Say bye bye to Texiera… The state of Texas is home to the two worst teams in baseball.