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superman emblemIt’s Friday.  There’s people on summer hours.  So, this is probably the last post we do before POI, The Skyline and then your UFC 100 preview.  But, it’s a long one.  So sit back and strap it down.  Your MLB Power Rankings heading into the All-Star Break.

1.) Los Angeles Dodgers (54-31): They’ve got Manny back.  They didn’t struggle without him.  The Giants are playing out of their minds and the Dodgers are still 7 games clear of them.  These guys are making the playoffs obviously, but mark it down.  They are not going to the World Series.  Peak too soon in baseball and you don’t finish strong.

2.) New York Yankees (51-34): Bring it on Red Sox fans.  You’re 5-5 in your last 10, and the Yankees are 8-2.  We told you not to sell on these guys at the start of the season and we’re being validated.  In that stadium, this offense is going to excel like no other offense in the league.  The bullpen issues are starting to clear up with Phil Hughes and Coke.  “And the New York Yankees are going to the World Series!” (circa 2003.  Suck it Red Sox)

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joel pineiroCardinals 5 – Brewers 1: Joel Piniero now has 4 CGs this year.  This was his 7th win and he’s only 7-9 on the season.  But the guy has been lights out for about a month now and it’s starting to worry us as Cubs fans.  The Cardinals are coming into Wrigley this weekend (we’re going to the double-header on Sunday!) and the Cubs need to win 2 out of 3.  Thankfully, we don’t have to face Piniero.  Now, there’s a sentence we thought we’d never write.

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wandy-rodriguezAstros 5 – Pirates 0: It was against the Pirates so it’s really not that impressive.  Nevertheless, Wandy (ugh) Rodriguez picked up his 8th win of the season while striking out 11 in this one.  Big Puma (anytime we can mention that nickname, we do) is only hitting .277 but that .402 OBP is very impressive.  Long shot from a season ago, but still a franchise 1B.  Do the Astros trade someone like Wandy since they in a slight rebuilding mode?  We suggested Roy Oswalt a while back.  We think it’s time to blow up that project and start over.  The NL Central is there for the taking in the next 3-5 years.  Side-note:  When you Google image Wandy – That card comes up like 900 times?  What the hell?

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Paul KonerkoWhite Sox 10 – Indians 6: Paul Konerko made the Indians pitchers wish the phone had never rang in the bullpen.  He hit 3 HRs and drove in 7 RBIs (on our fantasy bench!).  Mark Buerhle is 9-2 after this win and he didn’t exactly shine in this outing.  Alexei Ramirez appears primed for a huge second half with the Sox.  After hitting barely .200 for much of April and May, he’s at the .276 mark and now has 11 HRs.  The Indians should be selling anything and everything they can.  Including Victor Martinez.

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Mets Yankees BaseballYankees 15 – Mets 0: This weekend for the Mets was just like one giant kick to the collective groin.  The Friday loss was despicable.  Saturday K-Rod manages to open his mouth and incite the Yankees.  And Sunday, they get rolled and shutout.  Robinson Cano was big in this one driving in 3 runs.  Johan Santana went 3 IP and gave up 9 ERs.  It was the single worst start of his major league career.  Luis Castillo needs to be in the witness protection program for a few weeks in N.Y.  Or, they could just designate him for assignment already.

Dodgers 6 – Rangers 3: Chad Billingsley is arguably the NL Cy Young award winning right now.  He leads the NL in wins, picking up his ninth in this one.  And, he isn’t just a thrower.  He only struck out three in this one needing only 97 pitches to get through 7 full innings.  Casey Blake pretty much carried the offense as he drove in 4 runs, 3 of them coming on a homer.  The Rangers were one of the hottest teams to start the season.  They’re cooling off as they lost Josh Hamilton two weeks ago and Frank Francisco could be headed to the DL as well.

Angels 6 – Padres 0: Jered Weaver is starting a revolution.  This guy killed our fantasy stat lines for two seasons so we avoided him this year like LeBron at the end of the Eastern Conference Finals.  He went all nine innings in this one to earn his first shutout of the year and his seventh win.  The Angels are healthy, almost, and they’re starting to get rolling.  They need Vlad to start picking up his share of the runs soon or he could be moved down in the lineup.  The Padres won nine straight not too long ago.  They’re back to their old ways.  Don’t expect to see much from them, especially with Peavy out.

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Astros Diamondbacks BaseballDiamondbacks 8 – Astros 1: The first part of that headline is true most of the time; the second, is not.  Dan Haren should be getting high consideration as the All-Star starter for the National League.  This guy is lights out every time he takes the bump.  What we’ve been disappointed in (and All-Star voters, too) is his win total.  Haren is 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and an 8.79 K/9.  He should be 9-1.  Our fantasy team would appreciate that too.  Mark Reynolds has been white hot lately and picked up 5 RBIs in this game.  He might have a strikeout problem, but he doesn’t have a power problem.  His 3-run homer in the sixth put this one out of reach and Haren on cruise control.  This was the only non-interleague game of the day.

Yankees 9 – Mets 8: Ok, if you’re a little leaguer and you’re reading this, move on.  Haren’s game is the only game you should read about…The Mets had quiet possibly the worst error of the day as in the battle of the Rods, K-Rod got A-Rod to pop up in what should have been a game ending out.  Luis Castillo dropped the ball allowing Jeter and Teixeira to score.  What a nightmare start to the Subway series for the Mets.  Mariano Rivera got lucky in this one as he allowed a David Wright double to put the Mets on top in the eighth.  Instead, he ended up picking up the win due to the error.

Twins 7 – Cubs 4: Milton Bradley needs to pay attention.  He also needs to learn how to play the sun at Wrigley Field.  It’s getting out of hand and they’re paying him way too much money to play as poorly as he is right now.  There’s a real good chance this gets ugly if he doesn’t keep his mouth shut in the next few weeks and start hitting the ball.  We’re not going to go into too much detail on this because credit should be given to Kevin Slowey for pitching an excellent game…on my fantasy bench.  Ugh.

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Diamondbacks Dodgers BaseballDodgers 1 – Diamondbacks 0: Chad Billingsley mowed down the Diamondbacks as he struckout nine through six innings.  Casey Blake drove in James Loney for the only run of the game.  You have no idea how hard it was not to make a real bad pun about the Lone run.  There.  We did it anyway.  Oh, Jonathan Broxton got his 13th save by working a quick ninth.  Dodgers still have the best record in the league.
Indians 10 – Twins 1: The Indians tallied up some runs for Cliff Lee to get the reigning Cy Young award winner just his third win of the season.  Jhonny Peralta led the charge with a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning to blow it wide open at 5-1.  The Tribe tacked on five more to win convincingly and give the bullpen some rest.

Red Sox 10 – Tigers 5: Josh Beckett took a no-hitter into the seventh but lost it to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson.  After that, the teams combined to put up 11 total runs in the eighth inning.  J.D. Drew had a 2-run homer out of the two hole for the Red Sox as five batters drove in at least two runs.  One of them was David Ortiz! (more…)

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