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Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Page updated at 05:00 p.m.

Larry Stone's MLB power rankings

Last week's rankings in parentheses

1 Cardinals (3) Much easier to deal with loss of Chris Carpenter when you have Shelby Miller
2 Rangers (2) Chris Hansen learned his negotiating tactics from Tom Hicks' pursuit of A-Rod
3 Braves (4) Tim Hudson at 201 wins, but I don't think he has 99 left in him
4 Yankees (6) No sarcasm: Joe Girardi has done best managing job in AL so far
5 Orioles (11) Manny Machado is pushing Trout and Harper for best player 21 or under title
6 Tigers (5) Miguel Cabrera having better year than Trout by every metric ... but check back
7 Red Sox (1) Sox pitchers accused of using sunscreen for better grip, pine tar to enhance tan
8 Giants (10) Belt is best player named for fashion accessory since Boots Day
9 Diamondbacks (13) Disregard March stats from Arizona, but savor Goldschmidt's in April and May
10 Royals (7) Royals have zero HRs from cleanup spot. Somewhere, John Mayberry Sr. weeps
11 Nationals (15) (Jordan) Zimmermann better than (Ryan) Zimmerman to the nth degree
12 Rockies (9) Where's Andres Galarraga when you really need him?
13 Indians (16) Scott Kazmir is pitching like a young Scott Kazmir
14 Reds (14) If only Mariners had another outfielder with speed and power, like Shin-Soo Choo
15 Pirates (8) Starlin Castro tells Starling Marte, it's nuthin' but a G thang
16 A's (12) Adam Rosales: The Sultan of Stolen Swat
17 Twins (19) Hicks is at 137, which is a great IQ or OPS-plus but regrettable batting average
18 Padres (27) Padres are 15-6 in 21 starts by Eric Stults since they claimed him off waivers last year
19 Rays (18) Cobb breaks team's streak of 34 straight starts of 5 innings, still K's 13 in 4-2/3
20 Mariners (21) Fans come out to see "Big 3" — video screen, Hydro races, dancing groundskeepers
21 Brewers (17) Carlos Gomez used to be Car-Go light; now it might be Carlos Gonzalez
22 Mets (23) Mets hope Matt Harvey is a young Doc Gooden — but not a middle-aged one
23 Phillies (22) Look for Dorothy Allison's new baseball novel, "Bastardo out of Carolina League"
24 White Sox (24) White Sox are lousy, but they're best team in Chicago by a long shot
25 Dodgers (20) Dodgers are the most underachieving SoCal baseball team since 2013 Angels
26 Blue Jays (26) If Jeffrey Loria owned Jays, they'd be prepping for the mother of all fire sales
27 Angels (25) Scioscia furious when umps buy Bo Porter's claim that "2 strikes means you're out"
28 Cubs (28) (Darwin) Barney's theme "I love you, you love me, too bad you hit just like Cliff Lee"
29 Astros (29) Bo Porter convinces umps that infield-fly rule means "our team gets an extra run"
30 Marlins (30) Steve Cishek has loneliest job in the world: Marlins closer

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