September 5, 2007

BTW Power Rankings - Week 22

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the weekend. 

Considering how poorly the team played last week, the Pirates(193) are still second to only the Yankees(205) in runs scored since week 17.  That says a little about how outstanding the month of August was for the Pirates, considering the Rangers scored 30 in a game but have only scored 165 runs since week 17.

August was a fun month, but bad for the fans.  Why was it bad?  Now ownership will believe this team can play at that level long term, hesitating from spending money in the off season because there are now "no holes on the team".

Cough!  Cough! 

Now management can justify keeping both offensively challenged short stops and an offensively challenged center fielder in Duffy.  August was fun to watch, but might set the team back a couple more years.

Don't believe me?  Pirates management has made statements that they are still in the race.  It is as if they really believe it, that is what scares me.

One bit of credit that deserves to be said by someone.  Morris may not be the reason the team has improved, but the team has played much better since his arrival.  Maybe the whole "veteran leadership" catchphrase actually means something when it is the right player involved?

After a long weekend, here is the latest Power Rankings:

 

Rank LW Team W L
1 1 Boston 82 55
2 2 LA Angels 80 56
3 5 Cleveland 78 58
4 4 NY Yankees 76 61
5 3 NY Mets 76 60
6 7 San Diego 75 61
7 8 Detroit 73 64
8 10 Philadelphia 72 64
9 11 Chicago Cubs 70 65
10 6 Seattle 73 62
11 15 LA Dodgers 71 65
12 16 Toronto 70 66
13 9 Colorado 70 66
14 12 Arizona 76 62
15 13 Atlanta 69 68
16 14 Minnesota 69 68
17 18 Milwaukee 69 67
18 17 Oakland 68 70
19 23 Texas 63 73
20 19 San Francisco 62 75
21 22 St. Louis 67 66
22 24 Kansas City 61 75
23 20 Cincinnati 62 75
24 21 Baltimore 59 76
25 26 Florida 60 77
26 27 Houston 61 76
27 28 Washington 60 77
28 25 Pittsburgh 59 77
29 29 Tampa Bay 56 81
30 30 Chicago Sox 58 79

 

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