Saturday, May 17, 2014

Season 23 Power Rankings # 3

As we head down the home stretch of Season 23, it's time to check in with another edition of the power rankings.  There's a change at the top, as Atlanta and Dover continue their game of flip-flop, with Atlanta, inspired by being knocked off of the top spot in the last rankings, reclaimed its spot on the top of the rankings with the world's best record over the last 40 games, while a still very solid Dover team drops to #2.  Boston comes in at #3, an offensive powerhouse, but seemingly has struggled of late against the league's better teams.  Not a good sign for the playoffs.  Resurgent Pittsburgh has climbed 10 spots to #4 with another strong 3rd quarter run, while a scrappy San Juan team rounds out the top 5.  Several other good teams are in the mix as well, so it should be an interesting finish.  Some bad teams are in the mix too, such as AL West leader Colorado Springs (54-67).  Good luck down the stretch, here are the complete rankings!


Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Atlanta  80 41 2 Takes back #1 with a great third quarter
2 Dover 77 44 1 Still solid, but Atlanta has been a little bit better
3 Boston  77 44 4 Great offense, but struggling against best teams 
4 Pittsburgh  69 52 14 Another second half surge is under way, playing great
5 San Juan 68 53 9 Better pitching vaults them into the top 5
6 Louisville 69 52 7 Pitching is getting better, but offense dropped some
7 Charlotte  72 49 3 Mediocre since half way point, offense is down 
8 Los Angeles 68 53 10 Improving with better offense, pitching still lights out
9 Houston 67 54 8 Pretty steady since the last rankings, solid club
10 Tampa Bay  66 55 12 Coming on a bit, but division is incredibly tough 
11 Florida 66 55 15 Still playing well, thanks to fantastic pitching 
12 Pawtucket 65 56 6 Dropped off a bit, as the pitching fell off significantly
13 Ottawa 63 58 11 Very strong pitching has them hanging in there
14 Helena 66 55 5 Numbers down overall since last ranking, but still in it
15 Buffalo  61 60 13 Pretty mediocre as of late, offense is down some 
16 St. Louis 60 61 17 Pitching has improved significantly as of late 
17 Texas 61 60 19 Offense has slowed down, but pitching has been better
18 Little Rock 58 63 20 Fantastic offense, but pitching not getting it done 
19 Trenton 57 64 23 Winning record the last 40, pitching has improved
20 Austin  56 65 26 Over .500 the last 40 as well, so making strides 
21 Rochester 57 64 16 Did not play well since last rankings, numbers are down
22 Salt Lake City 60 61 18 Their ERA ballooned, but offense is up, and doing ok
23 New York  56 65 25 The bats have been struggling a bit as of late 
24 Colorado Springs 54 67 27 Not many positives other than they lead the AL West
25 Durham  50 71 29 Improving some, but pitching has still been an issue
26 Las Vegas 51 70 21 Seems like they would have more W's, but not there yet
27 San Francisco 49 72 28 Offensive juggernaut is also a pitching disaster 
28 Seattle  53 68 24 Pitching down the last 40, and getting little from the bats
29 Syracuse  53 68 22 Rough last 40 record wise, but numbers about the same
30 Albuquerque 44 77 30 Decent offense, but the pitching continues to get rocked
31 Philadelphia 42 79 31 Very little offense, and pitching has dropped off some
32 Salem 41 80 32 As mentioned previously, it's just not their season

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