Friday, August 5, 2016

USA Today’s Post-Trade Deadline Power Rankings


The USA Today released their weekly power rankings after the trade deadline a couple days back but the content on the site has been so jammed packed we are just now getting to it. Don’t get me wrong that’s a great problem to have as a blogger and a writer, plenty of things to talk about and plenty of prospects to introduce you to, but I know some people enjoy these posts so I do apologize for the delay. New York started the week on a streak but a sweep at the hands of the last place Tampa Bay Rays kind of cemented their season, cemented their decision to sell and may have ultimately cemented a drop in these standings and a Top 10 protected draft pick in the 2017 MLB Draft.

The Yankees fell a bit in the AL East and fell in the rankings as well after the Tampa Bay sweep falling one spot back to the #18 position. I can see this team falling a few more before everything is said and done but you never know when it comes to (presumably) the youth that is on the way to the Bronx. Speaking of the AL East the Baltimore Orioles finished the week ranked 7th overall while the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays were 8th and 6th respectively. What did sweeping the Yankees get for the Tampa Bay Rays who moved Matt Moore, but not Chris Archer, before the deadline? The Rays finished the week 26th overall not making any movement in the standings. So much for that.

The Top 5 teams according to the rankings were the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants. The five teams that nobody really wants to be or envies right now according to the rankings are the #26 Tampa Bay Rays, the #27 Arizona Diamondbacks, the #28 Cincinnati Reds, the #29 Minnesota Twins and the #30 Atlanta Braves.

The biggest rise of the week went to the Detroit Tigers who rose five spots to the #11 position while the biggest fall went to the Houston Astros who fell four spots to the #12 position. Congratulations are in order for the Tigers while the Astros will look to do better this week.

The non-waiver trade deadline is over and now we are beginning to see the truth behind these rankings. Now more than ever these rankings are what they say they are. You will start to see the biggest “rise” be not so big and the biggest fall not really be all that much of a fall. It’s called sample size and we have a large one now ladies and gentleman.


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