MLB Power Rankings Biggest Surprises

by Dirty on July 25, 2012

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With the MLB trade deadline a week away, teams all over the power rankings are looking to make one last move to secure their playoff position. Several teams are where we expected them this far into the season, while others still appear to be overachieving. As online sportsbooks begin to adjust the odds on playoff hopeful teams, we began to notice a ton of surprises. Here is a look at some of the biggest surprises as the week gets underway.


Washington Nationals – Before the season began, everyone from fans to certified analysts wondered if this would be the year the Nationals left the NL East basement and either made the wild card or more surprisingly would win the division. As luck would have it, the Nationals got off to a brilliant start, taking an early lead with the division, and haven’t looked back since. The Nationals are led by their pitching, but recently the offense has really stepped up. Entering the month of July, the Nationals were wondering what to do with struggling third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. However, as of this writing, Zimmerman is one of the hottest hitters in the league posting a splits line of 414/481/886, which is a huge improvement from the first three months where he only hit 234/297/345. With Zimmerman’s offense returning, the Nationals could become World Series contenders.


Detroit Tigers – Similar to Zimmerman’s offensive numbers, the Detroit Tigers as a team were absolutely dreadful in the first half of the 2012 season. Yet, due in large part to a strong pitching staff, the Tigers were able to hang around the top of the division for the last couple of weeks. As a result, the Tigers have been one of the hottest teams in the MLB, going eight and two in their last 10 games and jumping into first place in the AL Central. The rest of the division meanwhile is falling apart, as every other team has a record of three and seven in their past 10. As the Tigers offense finally comes to life and the rest of the division crumbles, Detroit appears destined for another playoff run.


Oakland Athletics – Despite having a roster full of other teams castoffs to basically live up to their Moneyball reputation, Oakland has been one of the hottest teams in the MLB since the middle of June. With a never say die attitude and no fear of any of the big boys ahead of them, the Athletics find themselves in a sports betting online tie for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The Oakland pitching staff continues to be its usual dominant self, as they lead the AL with a 3.38 team ERA. What’s perhaps most impressive, is that the starting rotation only has one veteran, in Bartolo Colon. Nevertheless, the A’s are led by Washington Nationals throw in piece in the Gio Gonzalez deal Tommy Milone. Milone has a 1.38 ERA and is striking out two batters an inning over his past two starts.


St. Louis Cardinals – The defending World Series Champions have had the fortitude of staying atop most blogs power rankings due to the fact that outfielder Matt Holliday is having the best offensive output of his career. After losing Albert Pujols to free agency and Chris Carpenter to season ending shoulder surgery, the Cardinals should have become the latest of champions to miss the playoffs the following season. While that still may happen, Holliday is doing everything in his power to assure the Cardinals at least miss out on the final day of the season. Holliday’s 390/402/937 is amongst the league’s best splits.

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