Power Rankings: Is pitching overrated?

Tim Brown
Yahoo! SportsJuly 10, 2009

While mulling the Toronto Blue Jays' slide to ordinary, Roy Halladay's(notes) value and how general manager J.P. Ricciardi could rebuild his franchise in the next three weeks, consider where these clubs rank in baseball in terms of starters' ERA:
20. Boston Red Sox
21. New York Yankees
22. Los Angeles Angels
23. New York Mets
26. Philadelphia Phillies
27. Milwaukee Brewers

Week 15:

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (53-31; Previous: 1) – Manny skips out on postgame spreads in minor leagues, later explains he's not here to talk about medical, criminal or culinary records.


Boston
Boston

2. Boston Red Sox (51-33; Previous: 2) – Nomar gets back to Fenway, says he dreams of ending career in Red Sox uni. Checking his stats over last few years, seems he got his wish.


New York
New York

3. New York Yankees (51-34; Previous: 3) – Teixeira edges Youkilis in All-Star voting; awaiting John Henry's tweet on matter.


San Francisco
San Francisco

4. San Francisco Giants (46-38; Previous: 9) – Giants invoke mandatory text voting on bus and between at-bats, so sure they'd get Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval into All-Star game they'd sent a box of bamboo shoots ahead to Busch Stadium. Maybe the Flyin' Hawaiian has a taste for them.


Texas
Texas

5. Texas Rangers (47-36; Previous: 7) – Hamilton announces he's rarin' to go, might explain flames running up forearms.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

6. Los Angeles Angels (46-37; Previous: 5) – Figgins promised to backflip like Ozzie Smith if voted into All-Star game. In blatant kiss-up to Cardinals fans, he also offered to wall-slam like Ankiel, grow beard like Franklin, tweet like La Russa.


Detroit
Detroit

7. Detroit Tigers (46-38; Previous: 4) – Fans afraid Tigers beginning to get wobbly, relieved to discover players just practicing for first-ever Elvis Night at Comerica Park.


St. Louis
St. Louis

8. St. Louis Cardinals (46-40; Previous: 10) – Pujols sets NL record for All-Star votes, is NL player of month for second time already, Cards petition Congress to just name July after him, for heaven's sake.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

9. Tampa Bay Rays (47-39; Previous: 8) – Maddon notes Edwin Jackson's(notes) presence on AL All-Star squad, caught slipping Matt Joyce(notes) into St. Louis-bound luggage.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

10. Milwaukee Brewers (44-41; Previous: 6) – Braun has an idea: Brewers should go get pitching to stay with Cardinals. Melvin has better idea: Braun should hit better than .222 against Cardinals.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

11. Philadelphia Phillies (44-38; Previous: 12) – Phils join Yankees, Angels, Red Sox as favorites to get Halladay. Amaro trying to remember where he left all those high-end prospects, must be around here somewhere …


Colorado
Colorado

12. Colorado Rockies (45-39; Previous: 13) – Embree beats Nats without throwing a pitch, so all that work on intimidating glare pays off.


Florida
Florida

13. Florida Marlins (44-42; Previous: 14) – Marlins break ground on downtown ballpark, can't believe cost of a shovel these days, so happy Yankees pay for most of it.


Chicago
Chicago

14. Chicago White Sox (44-41; Previous: 17) – Sox momentarily misplace Bartolo Colon(notes), later find him behind bookshelf with two keys, 37 cents, one blue sock and Josh Fields(notes).


Minnesota
Minnesota

15. Minnesota Twins (43-43; Previous: 16) – Gardenhire says Mauer would win Home Run Derby, also thinks Mauer could quarterback the Vikings, turn Astroturf into clean-burning fuel, circumnavigate globe on seven milk cartons lashed together with athletic tape.


Toronto
Toronto

16. Toronto Blue Jays (43-44; Previous: 11) – Ricciardi announces Halladay available. GMs who have been talking to him about Halladay for weeks wonder if he might also confirm slight downturn in U.S. economy, roundness of earth, all-knowingness of Buddha.


Chicago
Chicago

17. Chicago Cubs (41-41; Previous: 19) – Dempster doesn't quite clear fence, breaks toe. Fence moves ahead of Gatorade machine, Soriano on-base percentage as inanimate object most likely to ruin Cubs' season.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

18. Cincinnati Reds (41-42; Previous: 18) – Reds go into series in Philadelphia saying small ballpark is not intimidating, give up 22 in first game, still not intimidated but frankly bleeding a lot and vomiting some.


Seattle
Seattle

19. Seattle Mariners (43-41; Previous: 20) – Ichiro(notes) declines offer to participate in Home Run Derby. Pujols promises that in first round he'll use Ichiro as bat.


New York
New York

20. New York Mets (40-43; Previous: 15) – Recognizing anguish they've caused in recent Septembers, kinder Mets soften blow to fans, collapse three months earlier.


Houston
Houston

21. Houston Astros (41-42; Previous: 22) – Roberto Duran visits Astros, misplaces nickname, later found in duffel bag belonging to Tejada.


Atlanta
Atlanta

22. Atlanta Braves (41-43; Previous: 21) – Braves win series in Chicago, try to recall days when that would mean something.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

23. Pittsburgh Pirates (38-47; Previous: 24) – Indian cricketers Rinku and Dinesh debut in Gulf Coast League. Dinesh most impressive; allows only 206 hits over five days.


Baltimore
Baltimore

24. Baltimore Orioles (38-47; Previous: 23) – O's ponder reunion with B.J. Ryan(notes), hope he's still as dreamy as he was back in the day, wonder if they look fat in orange.


Oakland
Oakland

25. Oakland Athletics (35-48; Previous: 26) – Holliday hasn't hit a home run in a month. All things considered, I'm not sure that's helping.


San Diego
San Diego

26. San Diego Padres (35-49; Previous: 25) – Chris Young says Manny is a cheater. See, this is why every team needs a Princeton guy around.


Kansas City
Kansas City

27. Kansas City Royals (36-48; Previous: 27) – Royals acquire Freel, request a little extra in clubhouse dues for Farney.


Arizona
Arizona

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (36-49; Previous: 28) – Reynolds slams unnamed teammates for lack of effort, D-backs win five in a row, rise out of last place. Seventeen more rants and they'll be right back in it.


Cleveland
Cleveland

29. Cleveland Indians (34-52; Previous: 29) – Shapiro announces Wedge will not be fired. Wedge, of course, totally disappointed.


Washington
Washington

30. Washington Nationals (24-58; Previous: 30) – Another utterly miserable week for Nats, though perhaps slightly better than the one had by woman being stalked by former D.C. mayor Marion Barry. Call it a toss-up.