Because of the long weekend and a lot of personal hubbub on my end in the past 24 hours, the stars just didn’t properly align for a full-blown Power Rankings this week. But, considering that all you people like to do is moan and/or cheer the rankings themselves rather than comment about the little blurbs, I figure this will get us through the week.
As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.
THE BATMAN TEAMS (Awesome, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise)
1. Phillies (1)
2. Yankees (3)
3. Red Sox (2)
4. Brewers (4)
5. Braves (5)
THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAMS (Cool, dangerous, yet not without their vulnerabilities)
6. Tigers (7)
7. Rangers (6)
8. Diamondbacks (10)
9. Angels (9)
9. Rays (8)
THE SUPERMAN TEAMS (Big, popular and treated like they’re something special, but they really kind of suck and are boring)
11. Cardinals (12)
12. Giants (11)
THE GREEN LANTERN TEAMS (At various times impressive but ultimately quite forgettable and, frankly, interchangeable)
13. Indians (16)
14. White Sox (15)
15. Blue Jays (14)
16. Reds (13)
THE JOKER TEAMS (So much in wasted resources and talents. And for what? Evil ends.)
17. Dodgers (17)
18. Mets (19)
THE FLASH TEAMS (interesting at times, but really, what’s the point?)
19. Rockies (18)
20. Nationals (20)
21. Athletics (23)
22. Pirates (21)
THE CYPHER TEAMS (basically powerless, poorly conceived)
23. Marlins (24)
24. Cubs (27)
25. Padres (22)
THE AQUAMAN TEAMS (utterly useless)
26. Royals (26)
27. Mariners (25)
28. Twins (28)
29. Orioles (29)
30. Astros (30)
Indians reliever Andrew Miller lasted only six pitches in Monday night’s appearance against the Red Sox. He walked Mookie Betts on six pitches before being relieved by Dan Otero. Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Miller reaggravated the patella tendinitis in his right knee.
Miller, 32, missed a couple of weeks earlier this month with patella tendinitis. He was activated last Friday and got two outs in a scoreless appearance against the Royals that night.
Bastian pointed out that Miller’s velocity has been lower than usual. He averaged 92.1 MPH on his fastball on Friday and 90.1 MPH on Monday, well below his normal average around 94 MPH.
The Indians should have more on Miller’s status after Monday’s game or on Tuesday. The lefty is carrying a 1.65 ERA with a 79/16 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings on the season.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush collided attempting to catch an infield pop-up during Sunday afternoon’s game against the White Sox. Bush was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with an MCL sprain in his right knee. Both he and Gallo are experiencing concussion symptoms, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports, and Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture. Gallo has not yet been put on the disabled list.
Losing both players is a big loss for the Rangers, who entered Monday’s action just 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot.
Gallo, 23, has had a breakout season, batting .205/.329/.561 with 35 home runs, 65 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 410 plate appearances.
Bush, 31, has been solid out of the bullpen, putting up a 3.04 ERA with a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.