Team rankings

July 21, 2002

Team Peter Schmuck's comment

1. Braves (2) Now on cruise control.

2. Yankees (1) Should acquire Bonds, A-Rod by July 31.

3. Mariners (3) Unfazed by Orioles' sweep.

4. Diamondbacks (7) Gathering momentum at pivotal time.

5. Twins (5) Making it look too easy in AL Central.

6. Red Sox (4) Near-term schedule favors Yankees.

7. Angels (10) Tough, tough two weeks ahead.

8. Athletics (8) Should gain ground this week.

9. Giants (9) Dodgers-Giants rivalry in bloom.

10. Dodgers (6) Have lost some altitude lately.

11. Cardinals (11) Hanging tough at top of NL Central.

12. Reds (12) Need pitching help to stay in playoff hunt.

13. Mets (17) Still could make wild-card run.

14. Expos (13) Frustrated Frank almost takes a walk.

15. Orioles (16) Still battling with .500 mark.

16. Astros (15) Finally moving in right direction.

17. Pirates (22) Bad home record a big handicap.

18. White Sox (18) Letting Twins get away.

19. Rockies (19) Fourth place and built to stay there.

20. Indians (20) Difficult second half ahead.

21. Phillies (23) Nothing but trouble after Cubs series.

22. Royals (27) Real rally or "Dead cat bounce"?

23. Marlins (14) Caught in serious undertow.

24. Blue Jays (26) Blah Jays struggling to get off the ground.

25. Cubs (25) Long-suffering Cubby fans deserve better.

26. Rangers (21) It just keeps getting worse.

27. Padres (25) Friar frustration at season high.

28. Tigers (28) Nearly CAT-atonic.

29. Brewers (28) Nothing going right in Milwaukee.

30. Devil Rays (30) The books look even worse.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

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