Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/16/14
This was the week where the elite teams put their best foot forward, and the pretenders...well, the pretenders fell further down the abyss. RANK TEAM CHANGE SCHEDULE COMMENT 1 +2 vs COL vs MIA Pittsburgh punched St Louis right in the mouth this week and showed the Cardinals they're not going anywhere. 2 -- 0 vs SF @ AZ I went ahead and trashed Roberto Hernandez last week, and he went ahead and nearly threw a shutout this week. I'm really loving this dogfight with Boston at the top of the AL East standings 3 +8 @ PHI @ WAS After a hotly contested sweep of the Cardinals, the Braves pummeled the Rockies in their four game sweep, outscoring Colorado by 27 runs. 4 -3 @ CIN vs LAD Getting swept in Atlanta, and then losing four out of five in Pittsburgh? That's not good, Cardinals. 5 -1 vs TEX @ CIN Oakland is on autopilot right now, but they can't get too comfortable at the top of the AL West. 6 -1 @ CHC @ STL The Dodgers have napalmed the NL West. I think this race is close to being over. 7 +2 vs CHW @ CLE Oh look, the Tigers are finally hitting their stride. 8 -1 vs SEA @ SD Give the Orioles credit for being the only contender that went all-out to upgrade their team, They didn't give up anything substantial, either. 9 -3 vs AZ @ HOU Boston has a nice opportunity to get some breathing room in the AL East with the Astros on the schedule. 10 -2 @ OAK @ LAA Three straight walkoff wins against the Angels will do a lot for team morale. 11 +4 @ MIA vs DET Cleveland has won eight in a row, yet has lost ground since the All-Star Break. 12 +4 @ NYM vs MIN 11-2 since the All-Star Break, and still 6.5 games out. 13 -3 vs STL vs OAK A 5-6 West Coast road trip isn't the worst thing that could have happened to the Reds, especially with the Cardinals' struggles this week. 14 -2 vs KC vs COL All things considered, it could be *a lot* worse for the Mets. Their outfield has been shockingly productive lately. 15 +6 vs CLE @ PIT Miami's young talent is starting to shine, and the Fish are 28-24 since June 1st. 16 -2 @ BOS vs TB Diamondbacks, I need to reiterate this to you: 85 wins isn't going to cut it this year. 17 -4 vs TOR vs TEX Before a Melky-fueled win on Thursday, the Angels had lost six in a row. They're in fourth in the AL West. 18 -- 0 vs LAD @ PHI This season also hasn't been a disaster for the Cubs, shockingly enough. 19 -- 0 @ MIN vs BOS Once Erik Bedard inevitably gets dealt this month, the oldest member of Houston's rotation will be 25-year old Dallas Keuchel, assuming another rookie replaces Bedard. 20 -3 @ SD @ CHW The Yankees remind me a lot of the Diamondbacks, in that they're just not good enough to get into the playoffs but will continue inspiring false hope. 21 -1 @ MIL vs ATL Washington's season could finally, mercifully be killed when the Braves come to town next week. 22 +8 vs NYY vs BAL Three straight series wins, including two from contenders? Nice, Padres...nice. 23 +2 vs WAS @ SF The Brewers are showing a little bit of spunk in the wake of Ryan Braun's suspension. It's a shame their rotation is a dumpster fire. 24 -1 @ LAA @ SEA Alex Anthopolous' career might be defined by the trade with the Marlins, for better or worse. 25 -3 @ PIT @ NYM Just a reminder that the third place Rockies didn't sell in the midst of getting the crap kicked out of them by the Braves, and are now eight games under .500. 26 -2 @ BAL vs TOR What's more painful than losing a 15 inning game? How about blowing a five run lead in the ninth? Felix Hernandez deserves better. 27 -- 0 @ TB vs MIL Wait, you mean bringing back an aging core of players wasn't a good idea? 28 -3 vs ATL vs CHC 2-10 since the All-Star Break, and Michael Young is still a Phillie. Pathetic. 29 -1 vs HOU @ KC Scott Diamond's 3.54 ERA last year was one of the biggest flukes in baseball. He's back in AAA now, by the way. 30 -1 @ DET vs NYY Since taking a series from Atlanta coming out of the All-Star Break, the White Sox are 1-10. Oh. [follow]

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