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Originally published July 23, 2011 at 3:40 PM | Page modified July 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Larry Stone's MLB power rankings

Last weeks rankings in parentheses Team 1 Phillies (1) Phillies photo-shopping Vance Worley into all those preseason "Four Aces" posters...

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Last weeks rankings in parentheses

Team
1 Phillies (1) Phillies photo-shopping Vance Worley into all those preseason "Four Aces" posters
2 Red Sox (3) Andrew Miller went to Buchholz HS; too bad Clay Buchholz didn't go to Miller HS
3 Braves (2) Freddie Freeman following fine tradition of alliterative Braves like Bruce Benedict
4 Yankees (5) Yanks hoping Pirates will dump Andrew McCutchen at deadline out of pure habit
5 Rangers (6) Beltre grateful to be on Rangers; his cup runneth over
6 Giants (4) Brian Wilson wears spandex tux to ESPYs, named "Worst Prom Date Ever"
7 Angels (8) Best race down stretch will be Weaver vs. Verlander for Cy Young
8 Rays (7) Rays only team that looks longingly at a baseball palace like the Oakland Coliseum
9 Tigers (11) Former Tigers 3B Don Wert only player whose name is spelled out on keyboard
10 Brewers (14) Francisco Rodriguez losing his strikeout pitch, now known as 6-3-Rod
11 Pirates (9) Alex: Best performance by a Presley since Priscilla in Naked Gun 33-1/3
12 Diamondbacks (13) Will go as far as Willie Bloomquist takes them
13 Cardinals (10) Cards go 33 games without stolen base. Lou Brock: "I don't know you anymore"
14 Indians (12) They call up blue-chip prospect Jason Kipnis to play second base
15 Blue Jays (15) Not many trade rumors involving Jays, but lots of trade rumours involving Jays
16 Mets (16) NFL owners just held news conference to announce Carlos Beltran trade
17 Reds (17) Aroldis Chapman leading contender to win coveted Claret JUGS Gun
18 Rockies (19) Where's Andres Galarraga when you really need him?
19 White Sox (21) NFL owners just held news conference to announce Guillen's firing
20 Twins (20) Blyleven should give great HOF speech — he's had 14 years to work on it
21 Nationals (18) Don't know what Jayson's Werth, but at .218, it ain't $126 million
22 Marlins (22) NFL owners just held news conference to announce Marlins are being contracted
23 Padres (26) Cameron Maybin starting to look like player Tigers, Marlins thought he'd be
24 Dodgers (23) Dodgers' magic number: 7 days until they have to meet payroll again
25 A's (25) Matsui hits 500th HR between MLB & Japan; Aaron had 755 between MLB & Belgium
26 Mariners (24) M's fans have very high shrugging and long-face percentage
27 Royals (28) Jeff Francoeur embraces perennial status as The Human Trade Rumor
28 Cubs (27) Four words that could save the Cubs: Pat Gillick, team president
29 Orioles (29) Jeremy Guthrie on pace to be first 20-game loser since ... don't peek ... Mike Maroth
30 Astros (30) Just think how bad they'd be if they traded Hunter Pence (and they might)

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