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Madam I'm Adam June 8 Rankings
Adam Agata
| June 8, 2008
What happened? All of a sudden, its nice and cool...and then BAM...we have entered summer? Well, the baseball season is just beginning to hear up, so here are my updated rankings: 1. Chicago (NL) 39-24: Despite losing three of their last four, the Cubbies had won 9 in a row. Have only allowed more than 6 runs in a game 3 times in the lasts month. Add that to one of the best offensive squads and you have the best teams in the baseball. (5/17 Ranking: 1) 2. Boston 39-26: Bostonís three game sweep against the Rays have cemented the best team in the AL. (5/17: 4) 3. Philadelphia 38-26: Look to be the class of the NL East. (5/17: 5) 4. Los Angeles (AL) 39-24: Winners of seven straight. (5/17: 7) 5. St. Louis 37-27: The Cards do not have the talent, but when a team wins, how can you not deny them this spot. (5/17: 12) 6. Tampa Bay 37-25: Tampa Bay keeps on chugging along. Carlos Pena going down hurts offense. (5/17: 3) 7. Chicago (AL) 35-26: The only tough teams the ChiSox have had to play in the last month were the Rays and Angels (3-4). (5/17: 16) 8. Oakland 33-29: Oakland has the pitching, but does the team have the stamina to keep it going. (5/17: 11) 9. Atlanta 32-31: Atlanta should be one of the best teams statistically. Their bad record in one-run games, especially on the road, is a matter of luck and it should start going in the Braves favor. (5/17: 8) 10. Florida 34-28: The Marlins have held their own, but as the rest of the country warms up, it should be interesting to see if the Marlins do better on the road (13-14). (5/17: 14) 11. Arizona 34-29 (5/17: 2) 12. Toronto 33-32 (5/17: 18) 13. New York (AL) 31-31 (5/17: 19) 14. Milwaukee 32-30 (5/17: 22) 15. New York (NL) 30-31 (5/17: 13) 16. Houston 32-31 (5/17: 9) 17. Los Angeles 30-32 (5/17: 6) 18. Baltimore 31-31 (5/17: 17) 19. Minnesota 31-31 (5/17: 15) 20. Texas 31-33 (5/17: 21) 21. Cincinnati 30-34 (5/17: 20) 22. Cleveland 28-34 (5/17: 10) 23. Pittsburgh 29-33 (5/17: 24) 24. San Diego 27-37 (5/17: 25) 25. San Francisco 27-35 (5/17: 27) 26. Detroit 25-36 (5/17: 29) 27. Washington 25-38 (5/17: 26) 28. Kansas City 24-38 (5/17: 23) 29. Colorado 24-38 (5/17: 30) 30. Seattle 22-40 (5/17: 28) AL MVP 1. Josh Hamilton: .315, 17 homeruns (first in AL), 69 rbis (first) (5/17: 1) 2. Carlos Quinton: 16 homeruns, 53 RBIs, .283 BA (5/17: 3) 3. Manny Ramires: 14 hr, 47 RBI, .313 BA (5/17: NR) AL Cy Young 1. Cliff Lee: 9-1, 2.45 ERA, 65:12 K/BB (5/17: 1) 2. Joe Saunders: 2.63 ERA, 9-2, 68 hits in 82.0 innings(5/17: NR) 3. Francisco Rodriguez: 2.17 ERA, 26 saves (5/17: NR) AL ROY 1. David Murphey: 7 HR, 39 RBI, .289 BA (5/17: 1) 2. Jacoby Ellsbury: .284 BA, 28 SB, 4 HR (5/17: 2) 3. Evan Longoria: 8 HR, 29 RBI, .450 SLG (5/17: NR) AL MOY 1. Joe Madden TAM (5/17: 1) 2. Ozzie Guillen CHI (5/17: NR) 3. Bob Geren OAK (5/17: 2) NL MVP 1. Chase Utley: 21 HR, 56 RBI, .317 (5/17: NR) 2. Chipper Jones: .420, 15 HR, 41 RBI (5/17: 2) 3. Lance Berkman: .374, 17 HR, 48 RBI (5/17: 1) NL Cy Young 1. Edison Volquez: 1.32 ERA, 8-2, 91K, 49 hits in 75 IP (5/17: 2) 2. Brandon Webb: 2.58 ERA, 11-2, 75 K (5/17: 1) 3. Tim Lincecum: 2.15 ERA, 8-1, 83 K (5/17: 3) NL ROY 1. Geovany Soto: 10 HR, 39 RBI, .284/.377/.537 (5/17: 1) 2. Joe Votto: 10 HR, 32 RBI, .282 BA (5/17: NR) 3. Jair Jurrjens: 6-3, 3.77 ERA, 55K (second among rookies) (5/17: 2) NL MOY 1. Tony Larusa (5/17: NR) 2. Charlie Manuel (5/17: NR) 3. Fredi Gonzalez (5/17: 3) Remember, if you have any comments/complaints/ or rankings of your own, feel free to use the comment function at the end of this post. The toughest races to choose were the NL MVP and the NL Cy Young, because there were several other candidates who could have won that did not make the top-3. Who do you think deserves these awards at this point in the season?
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Jay Sage from WVBR | June 12, 2008, 7:48am
Adam, you've compiled some really good lists here, and I really don't have any arguments besides one. As a Yankees fan who well remembers the disrespect the Yankees got after losing the first two games of the 1996 World Series, you won't often hear me arguing in favor of Lawrence Chipper Jones, but no matter how well Chase Utley plays this season, it is 100% impossible for a player to bat .400 for a season and not win the MVP. Absolutely impossible. Now, I know we can't just go right ahead and say Jones will hit .400 for the season, but the point of these rankings is to extrapolate toward the end of the season, so in a way we DO have to assume he'll hit .400 and, by extension, call him the NL MVP. By the way, good work including Lincecum on the NL Cy Young list, the guy deserves a lot more than just "yeah, the kid is pretty good." He might win more Cy Youngs than Clemens at this pace.
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