Roberts: Tuesday’s Top Ten

1. Philadelphia Phillies (2) 34-20

Yes, it took me a while to finally put the Phils where they belong, but right after Memorial Day they have finally taken the #1 spot, a spot they may not give up this year. A 19-inning classic that was topped off by Wilson freakin’ Valdez pitching a scoreless inning and getting a win was certainly the big story of the week. Winning 2 of 3 from the Reds and Mets capped of a nice week. Things may get uglier for the rest of the NL East as the Phillies take on the Nationals and Pirates this week.

2. Boston Red Sox (3) 30-24

They have taken over first place in the AL East and, most importantly, the 142 million dollar man Carl Crawford has finally showed up. He went on a tear this week helping the Sox take 2 of 3 against my previous #1 team, the Indians. With Beckett, Lester and Buchholz, the Sox may be able to put some separation between Boston and everyone else in AL East.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (5) 32-23

It’s time to give the geniuses Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan even more props than they usually get. Yes, Matt Holliday, Colby Rasmus and Lance Berkman have proven to be arguably the most productive outfield in baseball but how about the pitching. Chris Carpenter and Jamie Garcia are quite good, BUT Kyle Lohse has an ERA of 2.13 and reliever turned starter Kyle McClellan is 6-1. These guys continue to do so much with so little.

4. Cleveland Indians (1) 31-20

The freight train known as the Indians is starting to slow down a tad. They lost a series to the Red Sox followed by a series to the Rays. Their pitching has come back down to earth and the coming back late trend will probably start to slow down as well. Luckily for them they reside in the AL Central where we are still waiting for a team other than Cleveland to show a pulse.

5. Florida Marlins (7) 30-22

The Marlins are trying to stay within striking distance of the first place Phillies even with Josh Johnson out. They did an excellent job of sweeping the Giants and after they are done with the red-hot D-Backs, they have an 11 game homestand which will help them stay in race without their ace.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks (9) 30-24

Talk about a surprise team. Where did this come from? The D’backs bullpen has proven the idea that you never know, because guys like Joe Paterson, Sam Demel and David Hernandez have done an incredible job setting up JJ Putz. After their 6 game winning streak was stopped, they put together another long winning streak. They enter this week as the hottest team in baseball.

7. Milwaukee Brewers (10) 29-25

After their 14-20 start, the Brewers are as hot as anyone this side of Arizona. Ryan Braun continues to do everything offensively and now the pitching is really coming together. It appears that the Brew Crew and the Cardinals will be battling it out all summer in the NL Central.

8. New York Yankees (4) 29-23

The comeback win against Toronto last week looked to be the game that got the Yankees on fire. Well, it was a false alarm as they lost 2 brutal games in Seattle in which they had leads, and questions remain about many of their aging bats. Two more games in Oakland and three in Anaheim remain on this long West Coast trip where .500 wouldn’t be so bad.

9. Tampa Bay Rays (6) 28-25

What makes Tampa Bay a factor is their young pitching and it was on full display the last few days as both David Price and Jeremy Hellickson were outstanding. But getting the bats going is really important to win the AL East and it appears Joe Maddon got his best one going in Evan Longoria by hitting him leadoff. This probably isn’t the long term answer but give Maddon credit for thinking way outside the box.

10. Atlanta Braves (NR) 30-25

It’s way too early for this but what the heck. As of right this second the NL Cy Young award leader is…Jair Jurrjens. The guy is healthy and has been awesome for the Braves. Atlanta has a chance to fatten up a bit as they play the Padres and Mets this week.

What’s your Top 10 look like? Fire away in the comments below…

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  • craig cartin

    this boy don’t know nothing about baseball.

  • tony

    Evan, how jaded are you. as a frustrated met fan, you putting the brewers, diamondbacks, marlins, and even the Indians(still need to prove themselves) ahead of the yanks just doesn’t make sense. at the end of the day, as long as they play to the back of their baseball card, the only team better than the yanks (and its arguable) is the redsox. colon and garcia are proving us all wrong. hughes and soriano will be back, and cashman will be looking to sure up the pitchingor add a bat if he has to.

  • Ryan

    So Florida is better than the Yanks? They have a +5 run diff in 50+ games, Yanks are 65+. We’ve given up less runs in the AL then they have in the NL.

  • supe duce

    why not just put yanks 1-10 they have the best team in decasdes great pitching huge offense they should put up about 110 wins. get a grip yanks fans

  • Mike

    evan, with all respect, maybe if you looked at the standings this morning you would have realized that the yanks are now in 1st place by percentage points over the red sox. you should have done a lil’ research before saying “They have taken over first place in the AL East” when talkin’ about the red sox. the fact that u put the yanks one spot ahead of the rays is an insult to all yankees fans. the rays are should be nowhere near the top 10 in power rankings considering how they are playin’ right now.
    my top 10 is:
    1. phillies
    2. d’backs
    3. brewers
    4. cardinals
    5. indians
    6. mariners
    7. marlins
    8. yankees
    9. red sox
    10. rangers

  • phil

    me thinks your resentment over the Mets having to share New York bragging rights
    with the neighbors from the Bronx has vast compromised your objectivity. Either that, or you don’t know nearly as much about baseball as I thought you did. That can’t be true, can it?

  • Mkc

    I actually listen to you guys because mostly you guys make sense except when it comes to jets but this makes no sense yankees at number eight you can stretch it however you can you can’t ignore yankees power numbers and how burnett had been better than last year plus as long as colon can hold up until hughes gets back to 1st half og last years form than we can throw cc burnett and hughs at any team with good shot at winning series so please chang your rankings and put them at number 2 behind philies

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