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Ryan Nakada

Yankees fan for most of my life. Has always had a love for baseball, whether it be playing it, watching it, reading about it, or writing about it. Tweet me: @adakannayr



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  • MLB Power Rankings Week 15 (7/6-7/13)

    Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) and Albert Pujols celebrate the Angels' 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox after a baseball game Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    This week, to no surprise, many of the teams featured on the Power Rankings also have a number of representatives at the Midsummer Classic. A number of teams in the West continue to be the powerhouse of the major leagues. The “second half” of the season will be underway at the end of the week and the postseason picture will get clearer with each passing week.

     

    1. Oakland Athletics

    The Athletics continue to be the best team in the league. The Los Angeles Angels have the second best record …


  • 2014 MLB All-Star Festivities

    American League's Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, hits during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    2014 MLB Home Run Derby

    The champion would defend his throne in the 2014 Home Run Derby.

    Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes would advance in the first round of the new bracket-style tournament over his teammate Josh Donaldson in a tiebreaker after they each hit three home runs. Cespedes hit two home runs in the tiebreaker, Donaldson and his single home run.

    In a surprise disappointment, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig would be shutout, hitting no home runs in his first Home Run Derby appearance.

    Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would advance to the third round automatically because they hit the most home runs in their respective leagues. Yoenis Cespedes and Cincinnati …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 14 (6/29-7/5)

    Clayton Kershaw

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    This week, the West continues to have a strong presence in the Power Rankings as nearly half of the teams that appear are from the division. Once a very strong team in the Power Rankings, the San Francisco Giants have continued to drop down the Rankings as they lose their hold on the division. How far they fall will depend on if the offense can discover what made them so consistent early in the season.

     

    1. Oakland Athletics

    The Oakland Athletics did win four out of seven this week …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 13 (6/22-6/28)

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, from left, celebrate after they scored on a triple hit Andre Ethier during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, one team continues to maintain their place in the rankings while the shuffle goes on. Some teams that once had a secure hold on their spot have begun to dip down the rankings. Other teams continue to stay within a range of the rankings still intent to move up.

     

    1. Oakland Athletics

    The first 50-game winning team gets the top rank on the Power Rankings. The Oakland Athletics would win three out of their five games this week. The A’s have a habit of losing by …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 12 (6/15-6/21)

    Oakland Athletics' Josh Donaldson, left, congratulates Derek Norris, right, after Norris hit a three-run home run off off Texas Rangers' Shawn Tolleson in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    This week saw a change at the top. The Bay Area teams still remain in the lead but they swapped spots. The National League saw a change in the East that knocked a frequent member of the top 10 off while a team of high expectations made their debut.

     

    1. Oakland Athletics

    The battle of the Bay area for who is number one finally saw a change. After a week that saw some weakness in the A’s, the new king of the Power Rankings won six out of seven …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 11 (6/8-6/14)

    San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the top teams showed that baseball is a long season and even the best go through cold spells. Oddly, the best teams all went cold at the same time. Despite the struggles, few teams lost their high places atop the Power Rankings. This is quite telling of just how strong the select few teams have been up to this point in the season.

     

    1. San Francisco Giants

    A bad week is just an odd blip on the radar that is the San Francisco Giants 2014 season. …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 10 (6/1-6/7)

    San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the Power Rankings feature the two teams of the Bay Area on top. The powerhouse Toronto Blue Jays have pulled away in the American League East and are making progress up the rankings. The American League West is emerging as a tough trip to go on as three teams have taken a place on the Power Rankings. The American League East and National League East feature some tight fights whether it be for first place or second.

     

    1.San Francisco Giants
    It’s hard to find a flaw …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 9 (5/25-5/31)

    San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence scores on single by Buster Posey during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angles Dodgers on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the Power Rankings feature the two teams of the Bay Area on top. The powerhouse Toronto Blue Jays have pulled away in the American League East and are making progress up the rankings. A couple teams from the West and a couple teams from the East carry the back end of the Power Rankings as they continue to make a push for three of the dominant teams of the 2014 season up to now.

     

    1. San Francisco Giants

    The San Francisco Giants continue to have a …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 7 (5/11-5/17)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the Power Rankings continue to have a West feel. The top team features the best bat in the league. The strength of overcoming adversity in the rotation has made them a very strong team. Meanwhile, a pair of East teams are scraping to stand out among an average division.

     

    1. Detroit Tigers

    This week, you could call the Detroit Tigers the road warriors. After losing the series at home against the Minnesota Twins, the Tigers went on the road through the American League East, who is …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 6 (5/4-5/10)

    (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the Power Rankings continue to have a West feel. The top team features the best bat in the league. The strength of a deep rotation has brought an unexpected team to the front of the line to help their once lone slugger. Meanwhile, another team looks to power through their opponents. The reviving bats of a pair of teams continue their strong start.

     

    1. Detroit Tigers

    The Tigers finished off a sweep of the Royals and took three out of four against the Houston Astros to …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 5 (4/27 – 5/3)

    (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the Power Rankings have a West feel. Some teams continue to overcome adversity while some are returning to some projected reality. Meanwhile, another team looks to power through their opponents. The reviving bats of a pair of teams continue their strong start.

     

    1. Oakland Athletics

    On the arms of Sonny Gray and Jesse Chavez, the Athletics swept one of the division favorites, the Texas Rangers. Josh Reddick is having a more consistent season with the bat and part-time catcher Derek Norris is contributing when called upon. …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 4 (4/20 – 4/26)

    (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the team with the best record moved back up but the chances they maintain their spot on the top of the mountain may have hit some unlucky circumstances. Some teams that dealt with offseason injuries remain relevant and many projected contenders are still putting together a strong showing towards the end of the first month of the season.

    1. Milwaukee Brewers (Last week: 9) This week: 5-1 record

    The Brewers received some major power from Ryan Braun throughout the season but the biggest swing of the week …


  • MLB Power Rankings Week 3 (4/13 – 4/19)

    (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.
    In this week, some stellar pitching from a team thought to be struggling with injuries in the pitching staff moved them to the top of the mountain. A team with high expectations from a heavy-hitting first baseman and a rookie put in a big role quick helped them live up to the lofty expectations.

    1. Atlanta Braves: This week: 5-1 record.

    The Atlanta Braves bring the second best record in the league. The Braves found themselves in a week of division matchups. Carrying over from last week, the Braves would …


  • MLB Power Rankings – Week 2 (4/6 – 4/12)

    (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, it is already evident that the baseball season will have its share of hot and cold streaks. Only two of last week’s Top 10 Power Rankings make their mark on the top 10 a second consecutive week.

    1. Milwaukee Brewers (6-0) (Last week: –)

    Ending last week, the Milwaukee Brewers were on a two-game winning streak against the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The Brewers would keep up these winning ways with a sweep of the Red Sox in Boston. They would continue to Philadelphia …


  • 2014 MLB Power Rankings – Week 1 (3/22-3/23, 3/31-4/5)

    (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, some teams will shine and some will falter. Power Rankings will identify who has been moving upwards and who may be hitting a cold spell.

    In this week, the first of the regular season, one team stands atop the league as the lone undefeated team and more importantly, they did it against a contending American League East team and a contender to their grasp over their own division.

    1. Detroit Tigers (4-0)

    The American League Central champion Detroit Tigers stand a step above the rest of the league as the lone undefeated team. They had one game against the Kansas City Royals postponed due to poor weather but they had two walk-off wins against their …


  • 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Candidates

    Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig was an electrifying spark plug in the Dodgers run towards the NL West division title. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best rookie in the National League. This award has been given to position players and given to pitchers. This is just for the rookie that had the best season among others getting their first taste of the majors.

    These are the rookies I think are candidates from the National League:

    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers (.319 batting average, 19 home runs, 42 runs batted in, .925 OPS)

    The size, power and speed of Yasiel Puig are hard to miss. The impact he has made upon his arrival is also hard to miss.

    The 19 home runs is third amongst all rookies and his batting average is best amongst rookies. He has had 11 stolen …


  • 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Candidates

    Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is a defensive wizard with the best batting average among American League rookies. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best rookie in the American League. This award has been given to position players and given to pitchers. This is just for the rookie that had the best season among others getting their first taste of the majors.

    These are the rookies I think are candidates from the American League:

    Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays (.293 batting average, 13 home runs, 53 runs batted in.831 WHIP)

    Acquired from the Kansas City Royals for James Shields, Wil Myers proved to be the potent offensive threat that the league expected he would be. He made his debut on June 18 as a part of a doubleheader. He would get his first hit in the second game …


  • 2013 National League Cy Young Candidates

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a historically good season atop the pitching staff. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best pitcher in the National League. Rarely does a relief pitcher win this award but it isn’t uncommon. Winning doesn’t always translate into being the best pitcher. Some pitchers are recognized for their talents beyond their team’s talents. Striking out the most doesn’t always mean you’re the best either. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn’t. There are aspects beyond the statistics that get factored into who is deserving of being considered the best pitcher in baseball.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for this award in the National League:

    Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (16-9 record, 1.83 ERA, 232 strikeouts, 0.92 WHIP)

    The highest that Clayton Kershaw’s ERA reached is 2.14 …


  • 2013 American League Cy Young Candidates

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had a great sophomore season, striking out a major-league best 277. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the best pitcher in the American League. Rarely does a relief pitcher win this award but it isn’t uncommon. Winning doesn’t always translate into being the best pitcher. Ask Felix Hernandez, he was the best pitcher to not get wins in 2010 but was recognized for his talents beyond his team’s talents. Striking out the most doesn’t always mean you’re the best either. Sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn’t. There are aspects beyond the statistics that get factored into who is deserving of being considered the best pitcher in baseball.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for this award in the American League:

    Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (21-3 record, 2.90 ERA, 240 …


  • 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Candidates

    Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continues to have an impressive start to his career, earning MVP considerations. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    This award is given to the most outstanding player in the National League. Some take into account the team around them and if the team would have been as successful without the individual. Others will take into account the impact the individual has on the various aspects of the game like hitting, stealing and defense. Once in a while, a pitcher reflects the domination that is leaps and bounds above the rest that he is in a class of his own in which he is deserving of both the Most Valuable Player award and the Cy Young award.

    These are who I believe are the candidates for the MVP award in the National League:

    Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks (.302 batting …



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