I had the San Diego Padres ranked eighth again this week. I think that is as high as I am willing to go with this team. Its not that the team is bad–it isn’t–its just that it does not have the same amount of talent that a number of other teams do.
Here’s how I had the N.L. West ranked this week, along with my comments (Yardbarker rank in parentheses)…
7. Colorado Rockies (14): Perhaps the Rockies won’t miss Jorge De La Rosa so much after all. His replacement, Jhoulys Chacin, has now thrown 15 innings of shutout ball.
8. San Diego Padres (7): Tim Stauffer has only allowed one run in 23 innings. He’s the team’s 7th starter.
9. San Francisco Giants (6): Mark DeRosa (0.279 OBP, 0.258 SLG) is having a nightmare of a season.
16. Los Angeles Dodgers (19): The concept of having a knuckle-baller in the rotation is neat, but Charlie Haeger (20 BB in 23 IP) needs to go.
22. Arizona Diamondbacks (23): Ian Kennedy is having a lot more success in the NL West than he did in the AL East.
- I like the Rockies a lot more than the other voters. I truly believe they are the most talented and well balanced team in the division.
- The Atlanta Braves are too talented to continue losing games at this rate. I had them ranked 15th this week, but 5th in my pre-season ranking. Eventually they will string together some wins.
- In week 3, I had the Seattle Mariners ranked 10th. This week, I have them at 25. That team is an absolute wreck right now.
- I am still not buying into the Washington Nationals. Their pitching is terrible, and outside of Ryan Zimmerman, their position players are pretty junky as well. Despite a winning record, I have the Nationals ranked 27th, well below the Yardbarker rank of 16.
- One team that has not moved much in my rankings has been the Diamondbacks, a team that is certainly below average, but not laughably terrible. Over the course of the rankings I have had them: 19, 19, 22, 21, 22, 22.
- But the Diamondback’s consistency in my rankings cannot even compare to that of the New York Yankees. I have ranked the Yankees first every week, and am likely to continue ranking them first for the foreseeable future.