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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

@BTB: Power Rankings Updated

FT. MYERS, FL - MARCH 05:  5: Pitcher Homer Ba...We need a hero! Image by Getty Images via Daylife

I've updated the power rankings at Beyond the Boxscore this evening. The Reds don't gain or lose any spots (thank goodness Washington sucks too!), though I gave special mention to that loss the other night in the commentary with respect to the Phillies:
The Phillies surged up the rankings this week, largely on the back of their record-breaking ass-kick of my Reds on July 6. Meanwhile, their principle threat for much of the year--the Mets--are in a freefall, losing 9 of their last 11 and falling to 22nd on our list. But wait--the Braves surged this week through the 0.500 teams, picking up seven spots and are now just 3 spots behind the Phillies. The NL East seems as though it's becoming a battle between the Phillies' offense and the Braves' least on paper. In reality, the Marlins are in the mix as well, but our rankings don't think that team has played quite as well as their record indicates: they've scored 20 more runs then their wRC would predict.
At least Homer had a nice outing tonight! The K/BB (6/0) is particularly encouraging! Maybe Homer can save us...