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MLB Power Rankings, 4/11

04.12.10 at 2:15 am ET
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Tampa Bay Rays1. Rays (14-5). DRaysBay: “Coming off his worst start of the young season, Price delivered arguably his best start ever.”

New York Yankees2. Yankees (12-6). River Ave. Blues: “I doubt [Vazquez] will miraculously round into form between starts, but he has to be better than yesterday, right?”

Philadelphia Phillies3. Phillies (11-7). The Good Phight: “While Rollins can’t be expected to break his career-long trend and keep walking at such a high rate when he returns, a bit more patience from Victorino, Polanco and especially Howard will be needed if the Phils plan to continue scoring at a league-best pace.”

Saint Louis Cardinals4. Cardinals (11-7). Redbird Rants: “Forget about the score and the month and the stakes. These opportunities don’t come knocking often. The best of the era face off – mano y mano. Lincecum’s arm vs. Pujols’ bat. Think about it.”

Minnesota Twins5. Twins (13-6). Nicks Twins Blog: “Slowey and Liriano have both given plenty of reason to believe they can develop into top-end starters.”

San Francisco Giants6. Giants (10-8). Frisco Fastball: “Ugh. That’s the only word I can find in my small vocabulary to describe last nights gem of a game. Well, I can find a few more, but, they’re not even appropriate on the raunchiest of porn sets.”

Detroit Tigers7. Tigers (10-9). Motor City Bengals: “Damon had three hits including two doubles. What’s more, he finally got rid of those horrid white shoes.”

Los Angeles Angels8. Angels (10-10). Halos Heaven: “Hard to believe it sometimes, but Torii Hunter is 34 years old.”

Oakland Athletics9. Athletics (12-8). Athletics Nation: “Given the injuries that have already beset the A’s, and given the lineup on paper even on a good day, you have to be pleased with the first 20 games.”

Colorado Rockies10. Rockies (10-9). Rox Pile: “Jimenez is, obviously, the best pitcher in MLB right now, and I don’t expect him to slow down. Like the Babe, I’m going to call my shot: Jimenez WILL have another no-hitter this season.”

San Diego Padres11. Padres (11-7). Friar Forecast: “As of this writing, the San Diego Padres are tied for the best record in the National League.”
Florida Marlins12. Marlins (10-9). Fish Stripes: “Ichthyomancy is ready for Midnight Baseball.”
Toronto Bluejays13. Blue Jays (10-9). Bluebird Banter: “I do consider Cito a good batting coach but it isn’t working with this group. But then I think that many of these guys couldn’t learn to hit no matter who worked with them.”

Chicago White Sox14. White Sox (8-11). Sox Machine: The first step in the Rios Acceptance Plan was all his responsibility.  He pretty much had to prove immediately that he wasn’t the absolute zero that bummed everybody out over the last two months of 2009.”

Chicago Cubs15. Cubs (9-10). Goat Riders of the Apocalypse:Right now, whether they are a good team or not, the Cubs are trending upwards.  The offense is getting hits, the pitching is holding back Chicago’s opponents, and the Cubs are playing well.”

Boston Red Sox16. Red Sox (8-11). Over the Monster: “If this was Tim Wakefield’s last regularly scheduled start, it’ll be a shame.”

New York Mets17. Mets (9-9). Kranepool Society: “The Mets right now are playing the way Epstein had hoped his Red Sox would when he ran all his statistical analysis that told him pitching and defense is the way to go. Right now the Mets are fueled on that formula.”
Los Angeles Dodgers18. Dodgers (8-10). True Blue LA: “Counting the playoffs, the Dodgers have won just six of their last 22 road games, and they have lost six consecutive series on the road.”

Texas Rangers19. Rangers (8-10). Lone Star Ball: “16 games into the season, and we are already having folks suggest that theRangers need to drop Rich Harden from the rotation to make room for Derek Holland, who is pitching on the same schedule as Harden at AAA and who is tearing it up in the early going.”
Atlanta Braves20. Braves (8-9). Tomahawk Take: “There is not any one particular thing that is not working; it is a number of problems that has this team reeling.”

Houston Astros21. Astros (8-10). Crawfish Boxes: “Don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but what a difference a week makes.”

Washington Nationals22. Nationals (10-9). Capitol Punishment: “Really, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but it’s fun to dream sometimes. And if nothing else, these last few games have let me dream back to ’05 — back when rooting for this team was all kinds of crazy fun.”

Seattle Mariners23. Mariners (9-10). U.S.S. Mariner: “These one run losses suck, but as long as the M’s continue to run out a JV line-up to accommodate the hugging DH tandem, it’s hard to argue that they deserve to win.”

Milwaukee Brewers24. Brewers (8-10). Brew Crew Ball: “Hopefully the Brewers are good and rested after their off day today.  Don’t get me wrong–there was a game today.  The Brewers just chose not to play.”

Arizona Diamondbacks 25. Diamondbacks (8-10). Venom Strikes: “It has been hard to watch the Dbacks bullpen blow save after save.”

Cleveland Indians26. Indians (8-10)Indians Confidential: “Sunday was like a fight where the Indians were hit with jab after jab after jab until they simply couldn’t answer the bell.”

Cincinnati Reds27. Reds (8-11). Redleg Nation: “The Reds are great now, right? This win changes things, doesn’t it?”

Pittsburgh Pirates28. Pirates (7-11). Raise The Jolly Roger: “It really has been an unbelievably miserable six days for the Bucs.”

Kansas City Royals 29. Royals (7-11). Royals Review: Do you wanna talk about the details or the big picture? Four years into the Moore regime, and they’re still the bumbling Royals.”

Baltimore Orioles 30. Orioles (3-16). Camden Chat: “For a team that’s found so many ways to lose over the course of the season, to see them finally find a way to scratch out a win was heartening.”

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