Ok, so I skipped a couple of weeks… sue me.
1. Boston Red Sox: By a nose, yet again. Yeah, Big Poopy is out, but obviously nobody told them, They are a proven team, and the Cubs are not. That, and their pitching rotation is better. All these guys have to do is stay healthy.
2. Chicago Cubs: I never would have thought it, but Sweet Lou really did turn things around at Wrigley. This is argueably the best Cub team in 60 years. However, they may be due for a little stumble due to Alfonso Soriano’s trip to the DL. Should only be temporary, the NL Central is a pretty mediocre division.
3. Philadelphia Phillies: Gross, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. But this is a really good team. Is there anyone playing better baseball right now than Chase Utley? He is on pace to be Philly’s third different NL MVP in as many years. Rumor has it that the female horses are interested in trading for Seattle’s Erik Bedard. If that happens, we might have some serious problems here in South Florida.
4. Los Angeles Angels: Thank G-d Krod plays in the AL West.
5. Tampa Bay Rays: Still goin’ strong… and made a pretty big statement by taking two out of three from the Marlins. Now they must prepare for a strong challenge for that Wild Card lead from the Yankees. Maybe the Rays can get in a brawl with them, too.
6. St. Louis Cardinals: They have had a good year so far, but I do believe that it is only a matter of time before this team succumbs to all these injuries. That bodes well for the Marlins if we find ourselves in contention for the Wild Card.
7. Chicago White Sox: This team is starting to look like a September collapse in the making. Who will fill the vacuum at the top of the AL Central after said collapse occurs? I’m not sure about that yet.
8. Oakland Athletics: I wonder if they actually do stick to their word and sell even if they are in contention at the deadline. I wouldn’t blame them, they probably aren’t going to make the postseason no matter what.
9. Florida Marlins: That big road trip? I guess it could have been way worse. Nice bounce-back against the Phillies taking two out of three at home. Some semblance of a rotation is beginning to form; Nolasco, Miller, Olsen and Tucker all have had recent quality starts.
10. New York Yankees: They should change their names to the Zombies… back from the dead every year. But this current resurrection might be short lived, Chien Ming Wang is now injured. Thats the last guy they could afford to lose. I actually think they would be wise this year if they did the typical Yankee thing and trade for a pitcher… I’d be talking to the A’s if I was Cashman.
11. Milwaukee Brewers: Something tells me that this will be an up and down year for all NL Central teams who do not play their home games in Wrigley. The Brewers might have some staying power, if Prince stays hot he could keep them competitive deep into September… and maybe beyond.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks: I tend to think this team is more a product of a weak division than a legit World Series contender. I know I gave them lots of props before, but they clearly lost a step after the Cubs and Marlins sweeps.
13. Toronto Blue Jays: Roy Halladay has become MLB’s pre-Celtics version of Kevin Garnett: everyone wonders what he could do on a team with a real shot at the postseason. I’m not exactly saying that the BJ’s are a bad team, but they haven’t even sniffed October since the early ’90s.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates: How pathetic is it that this may be the best Pirates team since Barry Bonds played at Three Rivers? Wow, even Three Rivers Stadium seems like forever ago…
15. Texas Rangers: Hopefully Ron Washington is off the hot seat. He’s doing the best he can over there… like I have said 1,000 times, this team might actually do something with some pitching.
16. Baltimore Orioles: Looks like the O’s will finally be dropping below .500 for good this week.
17. Detroit Tigers: Is it too little, too late? Maybe, maybe not. The pitching seems to have finally awakened, and that three game sweep of the South Siders was huge. I tend to think that this season depends on Cabs. If he busts out, us Marlin fans know firsthand he could easily put this team on his back and carry them in this surprisingly weak division.
18. Atlanta Braves: I may go to hell for this but I must admit that I could not stop laughing after watching that clip of Chipper getting plugged in the eye in the batting cage.
19. Cleveland Indians: If I was an Indians fan I would be tearing my hair out over this team. This is NOT a mediocre team. Nothing is more annoying to me than an underachiever. Remember how the 2005 Marlins made you feel?
20. Minnesota Twins: They may get a little bit of a boost soon when Liriano returns.
21. Houston Astros
22. New York Mets
23. Cincinnati Reds
24. Los Angeles Dodgers
25. San Francisco Giants
26. San Diego Padres
27. Colorado Rockies
28. Washington Nationals
29. Kansas City Royals
30. Seattle Mariners