Griff's Power Rankings, Week 4
(Last week’s power rankings in parentheses)
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Dodgers dominate at home under Joe Torre.
2-Blue Jays (4)
In the words of Evil Roy Slade: “Makes you want to spit, don’t it?
3-Red Sox (1)
Sox sorting out starting pitching. Smoltz, Dice-K on horizon.
Top four managers, Torre, Cito, Francona, LaRussa own 10 WS rings.
Denise Richards performs worst Take Me Out since Jeff Gordon.
M’s bullpen still surprisingly deep.
Difference-makers may be last year’s phenoms Hughes and Joba.
Jays’ only series loss of year was in rain at Kauffman.
Getting over World Series hangover and loss of Harry Kalas.
Young team will have many ups and downs. The arms rule.
Not quite Big Red Machine, but interesting to watch.
Return of hard-throwing Zumaya as setup man helps.
Have played rugged schedule that Jays have avoided thus far.
Bucs have not finished at .500 since Jays’ first World Series in ‘92.
Surging Brew Crew sorting out starting pitching.
16-White Sox (10)
Chisox still looking for offensive consistency after stormy April.
You look at this roster and go “what the heck’s wrong with these guys?”
Young starting pitching will determine if they’re good Twins or bad Twins.
Slings and arrows of outrageous fortune – minus the arrows.
Bullpen needs to step up otherwise division is wide open.
Even without Josh Hamilton Rangers can still tattoo you.
Giants starting to stand tall Zito shows Cy form.
Snakes need talented young hitters to step up to plate.
A’s not moving up as much as others are moving down.
If 25 Pads are in freefall, Peavy made sure he has a chute.
Lee wins ’08 Cy out of nowhere. If he’s not careful oblivion awaits.
May be cursed by playing in stadium built by Cheney’s Halliburton Industries.
Rate O’s pitching? In the words of Bobby Mattick, “Somebody hand me a bat.”
Only reliable closer in Denver is Carmelo.
Solutions? Sens of ‘60s imported Ted Williams to manage. Cooler heads prevail.