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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

MLB Power Rankings - September 4th

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MLB Power Rankings
September 4, 2013

The revolving door at the top continues to swing as the LA Dodgers reclaim the top spot in this week's MLB Power Rankings. The Dodgers are winners of six in a row and seem to show little signs of slowing down from their torrid post All-Star break run. The Detroit Tigers slide out of last week's top spot, down one to #2 overall. The Boston Red Sox, owners of the best record in the American League are nipping at their heals coming in at #3 with a series between the two coming this week. The Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves round out the top 5.

Where does your team rank this week?

Rank/Team/Last Week
1. LA Dodgers (2)
2. Detroit Tigers (1)
3. Boston Red Sox (3)
4. Texas Rangers (4)
5. Atlanta Braves (7)
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (5)
7. Oakland A's (14)
8. St. Louis Cardinals (6)
9. Cincinnati Reds (9)
10. Tampa Bay Rays (8)
11. New York Yankees (12)
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (15)
13. Baltimore Orioles (11)
14. Washington Nationals (13)
15. LA Angels (18)
16. Cleveland Indians (10)
17. KC Royals (17)
18. New York Mets (19)
19. San Francisco Giants (16)
20. Milwaukee Brewers (20)
21. Colorado Rockies (21)
22. Toronto Blue Jays (25)
23. Seattle Mariners (24)
24. Philadelphia Phillies (23)
25. Minnesota Twins (26)
26. Chicago White Sox (22)
27. Chicago Cubs (29)
28. San Diego Padres (27)
29. Florida Marlins (28)
30. Houston Astros (30)

MLB Weekly Walk-Off -- September 4th

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MLB Weekly Walk-Off
September 4, 2013
By Wild on Sports Analyst Kyle Kargel

We’ve hit the home stretch in the 2013 MLB season. The Pirates are proving to the MLB game by game that they are still for real and will not fall off the wagon. By picking up Justin Morneau off waivers from the Twins, they have a solidified healthy lineup, and they have Jason Grilli back off the DL, and with that they may be considered the favorites in the NL to make it to the World Series. With one more win they will have their first .500 season in over 20 years. A back to back Triple Crown for Miguel Cabrera is getting slimmer with each game he sits out due to a bad hip. If he goes into the post season banged up, it could be a short outing for the Tigers in October. A DL trip is more than likely not out of the question for the best hitter in today’s game. The Rays have let their own division rivals of the Orioles and Yankees back into the wildcard picture. The Yankees are not necessarily better than the Rays or Orioles, but they have the most confidence of any AL team heading into September.

Studs of the Past Week

1. James Shields SP KC- The Royals are doing their best to stay in the division hunt and wildcard in the AL. In his past two starts Shields has hurled 14.1 innings and allowed only one run. Many thought Shields would turn out to be a bust for the Royals, but he has been anything but this year posting a slim 3.03 ERA. Shields probably has four more starts this season, and if the Royals want to make a run he has to win all four.

2. Brandon Moss 1B/OF Oak
- Earlier this year Moss was on the list of players to pick-up. If you didn’t take my advice then you probably miss the four homeruns and 11 RBIs he has in the past seven days through Monday. Oakland is flying high literally with their homeruns including Moss’s 25 total this season. On an even better note for Moss, those four homeruns last week all came at Detroit where the A’s took three out of four in their series with them.

3. Wilin Rosario C Col- Riding a six game hitting streak through Monday, Rosario was projected as one of the game’s best long ball catchers at the beginning of the season and hasn’t disappointed fantasy owners by belting 21 up to this point and hitting .295. He has 12 hits in the past seven days, but the Rockies are out of play-off contention so it’s gone unnoticed.

Duds of the Past Week

1. Felix Hernandex SP Sea
- This time of year has been hard on Hernandez the past few years with the Mariners not really contending for anything. He’s lost four straight starts through Monday including a horrific start against Texas in which he lasted only three innings allowing eight earned runs. It’s hard to pitch when there’s nothing to pitch for so don’t be surprised if this trend continues through the end of the season.

2. Evan Longoria 3B TB- As I said earlier, the Rays have been struggling as of late and more than one person is to blame. The Rays have looked to Longoria to be their most consistent hitter come September, but he has done everything to not look like that entering the month. His average has Lowered almost 15 points since Aug. 26 and has only two hits since then as well.

3. Mark Trumbo 1B/ 3B LAA
- Trumbo’s average has stumbled to .237 this season and his three hits in the past six games through Monday haven’t been a help. You wouldn’t know it with Trumbo’s numbers, but the Angels have gone 8-2 their past ten games. The Angels have been a disappointment all season and like Hernandez it’s easy to see another fantasy stud on a bad team to disappoint the last month of the season.

Pickups for Next Week

1. Avisail Garcia OF CWS- One of the top prospects in the Tigers minor league system, Garcia was traded to the White Sox as part of the deal when the Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy. The White Sox are looking to build off him in the future, but will benefit from him being in the lineup for the rest of this season. He’s on a seven game hitting streak and has a couple homeruns in the past week.

2. Jordan Schafer OF Atl- Schafer already has previous experience playing for the Braves, but this time around he’s their leadoff hitter and has been a tear around the base paths in the past six games with seven steals he’s hitting .275 this season which is far better than his .232 lifetime average.

3. Kevin Correia SP Minn- As bad as it is to see fantasy studs on bad teams, it’s equally as exciting to see players of small fantasy value succeed on any MLB team, and that’s the case for Correia. He’s a seasoned veteran and has pitched 14 innings of one run ball in his past two starts. Correia’s ERA is at 4.18 which is better than his career average. With three or four more starts for Correia, he’s good for a spot start in any fantasy lineup.

Top Match-ups Next Week

Rangers at A’s- These two are still locked atop the AL West and the runner up will likely play in the one game playoff between the wildcard teams. That’s a spot neither of these teams wants to be in so expect an intense series that will determine the division leader at the end of the series.

Tigers at Royals- This matchup was featured recently and the Royals have failed to make up ground since that series. Friday’s game features Anibal Sanchez against James Shields which should make for a great pitching duel. The Royals are at home this time and could trim the Tigers series lead to five or so depending on how everything plays out.

Dodgers at Reds- This could be a future playoff matchup this season and it could be a good indication on how the Dodgers play in the playoffs this year in a playoff atmosphere. Reds fans will try and startle Dodgers pitchers and hitters as the Dodgers have pretty much wrapped up the NL West title.

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