With how hot the Red Sox offense has been, it is not too surprising that they have a slew of players in this week’s American League Power Rankings. The best has been, who else, Adrian Gonzalez, who has n RBI total that rocks anyone else in the big leagues. Time will tell how high that total can climb, and how much Fantasy owners will feast on his production. These are the American League Power Rankings as of July 27th.
1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 2)
While he still has not been able to hit the long ball as of late, Adrian Gonzalez has been on an RBI tear. With 7 RBIs in his last 4 games, Gonzalez has pushed his season RBI total to a phenomenal 85. Gonzalez will almost surely be the first player in baseball that reaches the 100 RBI mark, and will surpass it easily as the season wears on.
2) Jose Bautista – TOR (LW: 1)
After some recent struggles and a bad scare, Fantasy Baseball owners should keep an eye on Bautista over the next few weeks into August. After not having hit a home run since he hit two on July 9th, Bautista was also just recently hit by a pitch in the head against the Orioles, and although he came back quick, fans should be wary.
3) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 4)
Miguel Cabrera has gone into a bit of a slide in the month of July, hitting only .260 over that span. He has hit 4 homers, which is not bad, but could be a little under expectations for fans of the Tigers. It is good that he has not fallen into a bad slump, which shows that he should bounce out of this little funk and continue to produce.
4) Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS (LW: 6)
Where has Jacoby Ellsbury’s recent power surge come from? After hitting only 9 home runs prior to July, Ellsbury has clubbed 8 home runs this month to take his season total to 17. What helps is his ridiculous .413 average to go with those 8 homers, and 20 RBIs to boot. Ellsbury may have the hottest bat in the American League right now.
5) Dustin Pedroia – BOS (LW: 8)
Fans will look at Jacoby Ellsbury’s recent work and declare him the hottest hitter as of late, but Dustin Pedroia is not far behind. His July average is even higher than Ellsbury’s, at .423, and he has hit 7 homers with 18 RBIs. The work of these two hitters is a big reason that the Boston Red Sox have lost only 4 games this month.
6) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 3)
Ever since the All-Star game, Paul Konerko has been in a bit of a slide. No longer keeping up with the All-Star first basemen ahead of him, Konerko has slipped into a lull at the plate, hitting .265 in July. Things are starting to look up, however, with 2 homers and 4 RBIs in his last 3 games. Konerko will continue to be a solid Fantasy Baseball option.
7) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 5)
Granderson’s average is faltering in July, but his production is still good. His average is hovering right around his career average, and he continues to hit home runs. He has clubbed 7 homers in July, and driven in 21. Over that span, however, he has struck out 30 times. It looks like it is all-or-nothing for Granderson at the moment.
8) Michael Young – TEX (LW: NR)
Michael Young continues to hit in the DH slot, especially this month. He has hit .378 in July, and although he does not hit for much power, and leaves more of the RBIs to Adrian Beltre, he has started to put up some good RBI numbers himself. With 18 RBIs in July, Michael Young has pushed his season total to 71, and is well on track to top 100 by season’s end.
9) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: 10)
David Ortiz’s July has been right on target with his season totals, which is good news for Red Sox and Fantasy Baseball fans alike. Ortiz is hitting .303 this month, and while he has only 3 home runs in July, he has driven in 20 runs. All of these RBI guys is a big reason that the Red Sox have scored double-digit runs 7 times this month.
10) Mark Teixeira – NYY (LW: NR)
Mark Teixeira’s average has really been dropping this season, but that has not kept him from doing his job driving in runs and knocking the ball out of the park. Although he is only hitting .243 for the season, Teixeira has clubbed 28 homers for the Bombers this season, paired with an impressive 76 RBIs. Mark Teixeira will play a big role in the Yankees chances to beat out the Red Sox in the AL East.
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