All-Star Balloting: Adrian Gonzalez is the Talk of the AL for a Reason

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez continues to roll over the opposition.

While the Red Sox have not fared too well in their past 6 games, it has not slowed down the bat of Adrian Gonzalez, who continues to put up a show for all of baseball to see. He leads a slew of powerful first basemen, a group that the American League All-Star club may not be able to carry with all of the depth. Who will be the snub? Only time will tell. These are the American League Power Rankings as on June 27th.

1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 1)

Adrian Gonzalez is now leading the American League in hitting, with a batting average of .361, and RBIs, with an astounding total of 71. At this pace, the Red Sox star is on pace to win the batting title and knock in around 150 runs. If Gonzalez can keep this up, look for him to run away with the MVP voting as he leads the Sox to the playoffs.

2) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 5)

Paul Konerko is starting to put up some admirable numbers in Chicago. The cornerstone of the White Sox lineup is now hitting .324, with 21 homers and 60 RBIs, thanks in large part to the month that he is having. In June, Konerko has hit .387 with 10 homers and 19 runs batted in. Konerko is second only to Adrian Gonzalez as far as production goes.

3) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 4)

It is a shame that after the years Miguel Cabrera, Konerko, Gonzalez, and Mark Teixeira are having, there probably will not be enough room for all of them on the All-Star lineup, as they all play first base. Cabrera has been as hot as Konerko over the past month, hitting .375 in June, although only half of the homers.

4) Jose Bautista – TOR (LW: 2)

For a moment, it looked like Bautista had bounced out of his little slump, with home runs in back-to-back games against Atlanta and St. Louis. However, he has not left the yard since, and his average, as well as the Blue Jays winning percentage, is starting to decline. The once fearsome bat is hitting only .259 in the month of June.

5) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: 3)

Ortiz and the Red Sox have struggled lately against traditionally poor National League clubs in the Padres and the Pirates, going 2-4 in that span. Ortiz has been a reason why, with only 2 hits in those 6 games, both coming in the one blowout win over San Diego. While it should not be called a slump yet, be weary of what this hitless streak could mean for the slugger.

6) Alex Rodriguez – NYY (LW: NR)

A-Rod is doing what many of the best Yankee sluggers cannot, and that’s hit .300. While the other bats in the lineup are certainly productive, Rodriguez is the only one that seems to consistently hit, especially this month, which has seen him hit .329. If you are looking for some run production and hits in your Fantasy Baseball lineup, check out A-Rod.

7) Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS (LW: 8)

There is not much to say about the work of Jacoby Ellsbury. He is definitely outshined by the power bats of Gonzalez and Ortiz, but he has kept hitting. Ellsbury is the best base stealer in the American League, so if you are looking for some swipes in your Fantasy Baseball League, look for Ellsbury to get on and get over.

8) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 7)

One of the afore-mentioned productive Yankee bats belongs to Curtis Granderson. He is playing somewhere between the production of A-Rod and Mark Teixeira, hitting around .270 and not showing as much power as Teixeira. Granderson may be overshadowed by those two, but his production should not be taken lightly.

9) Mark Teixeira – NYY (LW: 6)

Teixeira has not hit very much, with a relatively low average of .247, but when he does hit, it can go a long way. He is now tied for the league-lead in homers with 23, and could climb in front of the now cold Jose Bautista. Add to that his 58 RBIs, and the Yankees have a potential All-Star in Mark Teixeira. We will see if he makes the first basemen’s cut.

10) Michael Young – TEX (LW: NR)

Back into the power rankings is Michael Young, who has tapped into his power over the last week. With only 3 homers previously, in the past seven days, Young has homered 4 times to more than double that total. Young homered in all 3 games in a three game set against the Mets. Maybe Young just likes Met pitching, or maybe he is becoming the Fantasy Baseball power bat you have been looking for.

 

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