May 04, 2007

Mets Top Power Ranking Again

At Baseball Prospectus, they give the Power Ranking of all the MLB teams and the Mets came in first again:

1. Mets:

A Little Bit of Wright and a Big Bowl of Wrong: David Wright homers for the first time this year, but the rest of the news out of Queens isn't so good. Injuries sideline Orlando Hernandez and Jose Valentin, and neither Mike Pelfrey (6.75 ERA and 19/10 K/BB through four starts) nor Chan Ho Park can stop the bleeding. Worse, the game's latest steroid scandal centers around a former Mets clubby. Throw in Lastings Milledge's foot injury and some tampering allegations and you've got a week suitable for Flushing.
The rest of the National League East:

6. Braves:

Call Him "Salty": Brian McCann's sore finger and Brayan Pena's concussion prefigure the arrival of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, #31 on our Hybrid Top 60 Prospect List. With his debut, Salty sets a record for the longest surname in major league history. Injuries also fell Bob Wickman (back? shoulder?) and Mark Redman (ingrown toenail, yuck), though the payoffs are somewhat less exciting unless you're a fan of tandem closers or podiatrists. Not injured at all is Chipper Jones, whose three homers on the week give him the NL lead with 10 and help the Braves move into a tie for first in the NL East.
14. Phillies:

News Flash: remember that mysterious trip to the doctor Tom Gordon took during spring training for a "routine checkup"? Funny thing about that, see. It turns out Gordon was experiencing shoulder soreness, and--ta-da!--it's back, which helps explain why Flash has blown three out of eight save opportunities and why his sub-replacement level performance has the Phils 14th in WXRL (0.206). Brett Myers notches his first save, but Joe Sheehan has already changed his mind about the wisdom of moving Myers to the pen, based on Charlie Manuel's usage patterns.

19. Marlins:

Miggy Getting' Jiggy: Miguel Cabrera's oblique strain is a thing of the past. He's hitting .455/.486/.667 since April 24 and attracting the envy of opposing GMs. Also swinging a hot bat is Josh Willingham, who hits .391/.481/.870 for the week while driving in 11 runs over a four-game span. While the Fish continue to lead the NL in scoring (5.59 runs per game), they're having a hard time outhitting their own pitching, which is allowing a league-worst 5.52 runs per game.

30. Nationals:

John Patterson notches his first win in over a year, but the real story is Jim Bowden dismantling this juggernaut. Bowden undoes his best deal of the winter by trading Chris Snelling to Oakland for Ryan Langerhans, a player two years older with half the upside, not to mention the majors' second-lowest VORP (-9.1). Worse, Bowden's pondering the Nooklear option; come Monday, both Nook Logan and Cristian Guzman will return to the lineup, relegating Langerhans, Kory Casto, and Ronnie Belliard to the bench.

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