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Originally published Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

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Larry Stone's MLB power rankings

Last week's rankings in parentheses Team 1 Phillies (1) Blanton says elbow "still a little cranky. " Shoulder & wrist in great spirits...

quotes Larry, can we have a Mariners ranking with Brandon League and one without? Read more

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Last week's rankings in parentheses

Team
1 Phillies (1) Blanton says elbow "still a little cranky." Shoulder & wrist in great spirits, however
2 Indians (3) 2011 slogan "What if?"shortened from "What if we got to face League every day?"
3 Rays (7) Not a typo (Part II): Casey Kotchman, .360
4 Marlins (5) Hanley's supposed to be trying to keep batting average above .300, not slugging %
5 Yankees (2) Yankees lose 2 of 3 to Royals; Steinbrenner's ghost fires manager
6 Giants (14) Streaking Giants decide to stop basking and start playing
7 Cardinals (6) Just to impress ailing La Russa, interim skipper Joe Pettini bats pitcher cleanup
8 Reds (10) Reds-Cardinals has surpassed Yankees-Red Sox as MLB's most heated rivalry
9 Angels (9) If Morales ever hits another walkoff HR, teammates will send kudos by telegram
10 Rockies (4) Ubaldo has gone from bona fide ace to borderline No. 5 starter
11 Royals (12) Royals win 2 of 3 at Yankee Stadium and say, "Take that, Chris Chambliss!"
12 Braves (8) Ryan Klesko threw BP for Braves on Wednesday; Mark Lemke can't be far behind
13 Tigers (21) Justin takes good run at a Verlander-meer feat: a double no-no
14 Rangers (11) Rainout negates Moreland grand slam, causing him and his fantasy owners to weep
15 A's (13) Two A's movies due this year: "Moneyball," and the comedy "When Billy Met Coco"
16 Red Sox (19) An 8.01 ERA for Lackey, who still has 3 more years, and $45 million, to be paid
17 Blue Jays (16) Manager John Farrell introduces "bloody sock" technique to Jays pitchers
18 Dodgers (20) In MLB ownership hierarchy, Dodgers provide the McCourt jester
19 Orioles (18) Mark Reynolds trying to get average up to .200 before his strikeouts get there
20 Mets (23) Mets owners much prefer a walkoff win to a Madoff loss
21 Pirates (22) If Susan Lucci can win an Emmy, Pirates can have a winning season
22 Nationals (17) Best hitter in the organization is 18 years old and playing A ball (Bryce Harper)
23 Cubs (25) GM Jim Hendry hugs Pujols; who says inter-divisional bromance is dead?
24 Brewers (28) Brewers sign Ryan Braun to extension, exploring ways to give Yuni a reduction
25 White Sox (30) White Sox go to 6-man rotation; meanwhile, Ozzie trying 6-expletive rotation
26 Mariners (15) Do flailing Mariners need another infusion of young blood? Ex-Ackley!
27 Diamondbacks (24) Where's Junior Spivey when you really need him?
28 Padres (29) Slumping Padres infected with Peoria Sports Complex offense-sucking virus
29 Astros (27) Drayton McLane agrees to sell Astros to man who's obviously never seen them play
30 Twins (26) Wishing peace and comfort for the great Harmon Killebrew

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