note: i asked donaldkey to rank my team so that it was fair…also…the top 3 teams were very close and the rankings boiled down to this…philly has the worst pitching of the 3 teams and pitching plays a large role in my rankings…then sacramento and los angeles played in interleague play last week and sacramento swept the series placing sac 1 and la 2 followed by philly 3…i put a lot of thought and effort into these rankings so i hope you all enjoy the read…sorry to anyone i offended…as always…it is meant to be fun and i mean no harm…except to the AL East…; )…
1. Sacramento Terrible Two’s (NL/49-31/Last Ranking #6)
It has been a tale of two seasons in Sacramento. A miserable start led to a 9-game deficit in the ultra-competitive NL West. Their surge (16-5 in their last 21 games) has been led by staff ace Albert Boone. After starting the year 0-4, he has run off 11 straight wins. The offense has also picked it up which has led to a +90 run differential.
2. Los Angeles Robin’s (AL/49-32/Last Ranking #1)
This is one of the top 5 teams in baseball. They are only 2nd instead of 3rd due to being swept in a big series by Sacramento recently. Their pitching continues to be the envy of the league as shown by the fact they have only given up 306 runs on the season (+83 run differential). They are in the middle of a mid-season slump currently (7-15 last 22 games) but don’t let that fool you; this is a team to contend with (as always).
3. Philadelphia Dead Milkmen (AL/50-31/Last Ranking #7)
Philly has shot up the rankings going 15-6 in their last 21 games and lead the majors with 50 wins. Their +96 run differential is 2nd in the majors and they have the largest lead (6 games) of any 1st place team in the AL. They are 2nd in the AL in team average and OPS but rank in the middle in most pitching categories. Fargo is in the middle of a 4-6 stretch but this will be a division race that comes down to the wire.
4. Portland Jacks (NL/48-33/Last Ranking #4)
Arguably the most consistent team in history of the NABCL. They dont score a ton of runs but they dont give up many either. Currently only 1 1/2 games out of 1st in the NL West and they dont look like they are going away anytime soon. In a division that looks to get 3 teams into the postseason, look for the Jacks to make a run late in the year.
5. El Paso Ultraviolence (AL/49-32/Last Ranking#3)
They have been just barely keeping their collective heads above water lately (12-10 in last 22 games) as they try to fend off Richmond and Iowa City in the AL South. They dont awe you in any one category so they can be overlooked at times, but a +.600 winning percentage and +50 run differential say otherwise.
6. Honolulu Anteaters (NL/45-36/ Last Ranking #5)
Another team playing .500 ball (11-11) the last 3 weeks and in the NL West that wont cut it. On the other side, with all-everything staff ace Lenny Singleton taking the pill every 5 days the ‘eaters are bound to stay in the race. They dont score a ton of runs, but thanks to Lenny they dont give up many. It’s the rest of the staff that could be trouble. In the end, with Mr. Cy Young and some young bats, they have a great chance to sneak into the playoffs.
7. Richmond Poor Men (AL/45-35/Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
The Poor Men are 8-2 in their last 10 and have moved to within 3 1/2 games of 1st place in the AL South. Richmond looks like the class of the division and is a darkhorse to win the AL Pennant. Their +76 run differential is 4th best in the league and this is a team that can score (top 4 in team average and OBP). They also possess the 3rd lowest team ERA in the AL. They should continue to climb and make the division race come down to the final weekend of the season.
8. Trenton Thrashers (NL/46-34/Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
Lucky for the Thrashers they are in the NL East, with the Kansas City empire being rebuilt, and the future of the Wichita ‘weed in the minor leagues. Their +68 run differential is due to a formidable offense, and in spite of an average pitching staff. With former MVP’s littered throughout their lineup, they look to cruise into the playoffs.
9. Colorado Springs Coyotes (NL/44-36/Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
The 4th team from the NL West in the Top 10, they have almost half their losses of the 1-run variety (10-15), and are still only 5 games out. If they can start to win the close games this entire division could come down to the end. The Coyotes +33 run differential is led by their pitching staff, which ranks in the top 1/3 in the league. It’s the offense (or lack thereof) that is troublesome. Ultimately, the pitching rich teams they face the rest of the way are going to keep them from contending, and they will most likely give this spot in the Top 10 back to San Antonio; but right now, competing they way they have in the NL West gives them the nod.
10. Fargo Roughriders (AL/44-37/Last Ranking #2)
What happened to Fargo in the last 3 weeks? They are 4-6 in their last 10 and 9-12 in their last 21 games. Well, in their last 34 games, they have lost 11 by 3 runs or less, and are 6-12 in 1-run games. They lead the majors with 509 runs scored and a +98 run differential. They lead the AL in average, obp, slg, and OPS. On the flip side, they do give up runs in bunches and are a below average pitching team. They have to play at home to win (21-14) as the road hasnt been as friendly (23-23).
Dropped out of the Top 10:
Chicago Beast, Anaheim Natural Disasters, San Antonio Missions (Viva The Puffy Taco)
Just Missed (but should be in the Top 10 soon):
San Antonio Missions (Viva The Puffy Taco), Iowa City Shuckers, Anaheim Natural Disasters
28.Wichita ‘weed (NL/33-48/Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
It’s only a matter of time before Oldave has this team in the Top 10. He is absolutely LOADED with prospects and I wouldnt be surprised if he wins at least one pennant in the next 5 seasons. His -35 run differential isnt all that bad considering the youth he has on his team.
29. New Orleans Crawdads (NL/35-46/Last Ranking: Not Ranked)
The Crawdads need to rebuild the team in a hurry. Why they havent traded Livan Flores and Felipe Tarasco for 6 major league prospects I have no idea? Those two studs could net you the pieces to rebuild the franchise in a minute.
30. Louisville Legionnaires (NL/29-51/Last Ranking #30)
They are 9-12 in their last 21 which is at least near the .500 mark, but their -102 run differential is the worst in the NL. If not for their 13-12 record in 1-run games the record could be much worse.
31-32. The AL East
Boston was going to be #31 and Pawtucket #32 but then how do you leave out Norfolk and Washington D.C. (who is leading the division with a 35-45 record)? The combined run differential for the division is -399 and Boston, with 32 wins (2nd worst in the league) is only 3 1/2 games out of 1st place. Someone has to win the division, so maybe one of these guys will get hot and make a run.
Moved out of the Bottom 5: