Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox have been red hot in June so far, putting up some crooked numbers in the box score. The Sox are finally playing like many of the experts predicted that they would, and it has been scary for the opposition. When the All-Star game arrives on July 12th, the American League squad could very well be dominated by the always popular Boston club. These are the American League Power Rankings as of June 20th.
1) Adrian Gonzalez – BOS (Last Week: 1)
Gonzalez and the Red Sox are on a roll. In June, they have only lost 3 games, and they have had 6 games in which their offense has scored 10+ runs. The reason? The work of sluggers like Gonzalez and David Ortiz, who have both been racking up the RBIs. It is hard to believe that this team was struggling out of the gate in April.
2) Jose Bautista – TOR (LW: 3)
While Bautista has kept his average at a respectable level, he has not been able to hit the home runs like fans were so used to seeing. Bautista has left the yard just once this June, and while his average has dipped, he is still a threat at the plate. I would never consider benching Bautista at this point, because he should get back to his powerful self in no time.
3) David Ortiz – BOS (LW: 5)
The Red Sox could not go 14-3 so far this month of the bat of Adrian Gonzalez alone, so David Ortiz has really stepped up his game. He had been hitting at a respectable level all season long, but now he his homerun and RBI totals have jumped. His RBI total has increased every month, and he has already exceeded his May total in June.
4) Miguel Cabrera – DET (LW: 2)
Miguel Cabrera is quietly putting together an MVP caliber season, and has been on fire in June. While he has not shown much power since April, he continues to hit, and his June batting average sits at an impressive .381. Cabrera should be starting in your Fantasy Baseball League if at all possible, as he is one of the hottest hitters in the game.
5) Paul Konerko – CHW (LW: 4)
Konerko is not going to want the month of June to end. Hitting .426 for the month, Konerko has blasted 8 home runs and driven in 15 in June, and has an OPS over 1.4. He has been an unstoppable force. Konerko has homered in 4 straight games, from June 17-June 20. Konerko deserves some recognition for what he has been able to do for the White Sox.
6) Mark Teixeira – NYY (LW: NR)
Teixeira may not blow anyone away with his batting average, which has settled around .250, but he is always scary at the plate. Tex has driven in 17 runs on 5 homers this month, which is impressive given his .230 average over that span. If you are looking for some run production in your Fantasy Baseball League, look no further than Mark Teixeira.
7) Curtis Granderson – NYY (LW: 7)
Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have a lot in common. Neither are hitting anywhere near .300, but both remain a force in the Yankee lineup. Granderson has had a bit of a down month, however, hitting only .268 with 4 homers, but he has driven in 13 runs. Granderson will continue to keep the defense on their toes, as he can go off at any time.
8) Jacoby Ellsbury – BOS (LW: 6)
The guy that has been driven in by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz has been Ellsbury. Leading the league in steals and 5th in the league in runs, Ellsbury knows how to get on base and get around. Hitting .311 on the year with some occasional pop, Ellsbury could be a valuable asset to any lineup. Keep an eye on his hot bat.
9) Kevin Youkilis – BOS (LW: NR)
With a 14-3 month so far, there are going to be plenty of Red Sox in the rankings. Kevin Youkilis, a fan favorite in Boston, has steadily improved his average since a slow start in April. This month has been productive for him, with 18 runs driven in on only 3 homers. Youkilis and the Red Sox offense has been on a tear, and look for that to keep going.
10) Asdrubal Cabrera – CLE (LW: 8)
The Indians have been through a bit of a rough patch, and that saw Cabrera’s bat slow down a bit, but he has remained productive. His home run and RBI total have left something to be desired this month, but he has still hit .293 this June, and the production will return as Cleveland crawls its way out of a slump.
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