Giancarlo Stanton is going to miss at least a month following surgery on his left hand.
The Marlins have been more sideshow than anything else this season, except when Giancarlo Stanton was doing something. Now the man who leads the majors in homers and RBI is out for four-to-six weeks recovering from surgery on his left hand.
That makes the Fish infinitely less watchable and makes baseball less interesting as a whole. Hopefully, Stanton comes back strong and continues to make the exit velocity geeks all giddy. And make the Marlins’ awesome home run sculpture light up, too.
Meanwhile, we’ll have to console ourselves with some remarkable consistency in this week’s edition of the Daily News MLB Power Rankings — no movement among the top six teams this week!
Missouri continues to be baseball’s epicenter — party like it’s October, 1985, right? — with the Cardinals sticking at No. 1 (as usual) and the Royals next. Below our top six there was some volatility, with the Nationals and Orioles making big jumps. Maybe that sets the stage for more big moves into our Solid Six?
To the numbers!
1. St. Louis Cardinals (51-24, last week No. 1): Guess that hacking scandal is no distraction on the field, eh?
2. Kansas City Royals (44-28, last week No. 2): Possible playoff preview starts Monday in Houston — Royals at Astros. Not something we could’ve said recently.
3. Houston Astros (44-34, last week No. 3): Astro math — 110 homers (tops in baseball) factored against 728 strikeouts (most by any team’s hitters) equals fifth in runs (346). That’s a positive.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (42-33, last week No. 4): They don’t score like an elite team (298 runs, 19th in the majors), but it doesn’t matter because they pitch like one (2.91 ERA, second in baseball)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34, last week No. 5): Zack Greinke (1.58 ERA, best in majors) hasn’t gotten much support from Dodger hitters lately, but finally won Sunday for the first time since May 5.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (42-35, last week No. 6): Grady Sizemore (yes, that Grady Sizemore) had three hits in his Rays’ debut. Amazing where the Rays find offense sometimes.
7. Washington Nationals (42-34, last week No. 11): Wait, now Stephen Strasburg is going to go all ace-like? Add him to Max Scherzer and, well, we’re afraid.
Without Giancarlo Stanton around, Dee Gordon is the only entertaining player the Marlins have.
8. Baltimore Orioles (41-34, last week No. 14): Yes, they’re in first in the AL East by percentage points on Monday morning. We just like the Rays better now.
9. San Francisco Giants (42-35, last week No. 10): It’s just not fair if Madison Bumgarner is going to keep hitting home runs, too.
10. New York Yankees (41-35, last week No. 10): Jacoby Ellsbury is supposed to start rehab games this week, which would be a huge pinstriped boost. He’s got a lot to prove about his health first, though.
11. Minnesota Twins (40-35, last week No. 9): Mike Pelfrey sparkling for Twins with a 3.06 ERA.
12. Toronto Blue Jays (41-36, last week No. 12): Obviously, Josh Donaldson should be an All-Star.
13. Chicago Cubs (39-35, last week No. 7): Kris Bryant update: 10 homers, .841 OPS in 66 games.
14. Detroit Tigers (39-36, last week No. 16): Take that, Brian! James McCann (no relation) has two walk-off homers this year.
15. New York Mets (40-37, last week No. 15): We were going to make a “Matz” and “Mets” pun, but they were all done already. Darn headline writers. Suffice it to say that Steven Matz is terrific.
16. Los Angeles Angels (39-37, last week No. 18): Honestly, any team with Mike Trout should be better than this, right?
17. Texas Rangers (38-38, last week No. 13): Quality Acquisition Department: Yovani Gallardo has a 2.72 ERA in 16 starts.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (36-39, last week No. 19): Did you see that Cliff Pennington catch? He only played the outfield for the first time earlier this month!
19. San Diego Padres (37-41, last week No. 20): Matt Kemp leading off? Hmmm, interesting.
At least the Marlins can look forward to getting Jose Fernandez back this week.
20. Atlanta Braves (36-40, last week No. 17): We keep harping on this, yes — No team in baseball has fewer homers than the Braves’ 44.
21. Cincinnati Reds (34-40, last week No. 21): We remember those goggles: Todd Frazier is the first Reds’ third sacker with back-to-back 25 homer seasons since Chris Sabo in 1990-91.
22. Seattle Mariners (34-42, last week No. 23): They are last in baseball in runs scored (255). ‘Nuff said.
23. Cleveland Indians (33-41, last week No. 22): Hot tip — throw your lefties against the Tribe. They are 11-18 in games started by left-handers.
24. Boston Red Sox (34-43, last week No. 25): Sounds like all No. 3’s to us — their rotation has a 4.77 ERA, 27th in the majors.
25. Colorado Rockies (33-42, last week No. 26): Nolan Arenado has 24 homers, the most by a Rox before July 1 since Larry Walker and Todd Helton bashed 25 apiece in 2001.
26. Oakland A’s (34-44, last week No. 27): A’s are 6-19 in one-run games. So, does that even out a bit or is their bullpen (28th in relief ERA) so bad it just gets worse? We shall see.
27. Chicago White Sox (32-42, last week No. 24): Cheer up, South Side! The Sox Pythagorean won-loss (28-46) suggests they should be even worse!
28. Miami Marlins (31-46, last week No. 28): Dee Gordon (.353) is the most fun thing about the Marlins without Stanton around.
29. Milwaukee Brewers (29-48, last week No. 29): Don’t throw your lefties against the BrewCrew — even with their awful overall record, they are 9-7 against left-handed starters.
30. Philadelphia Phillies (27-50, last week No. 30): Lowest OPS in baseball (.650), even with Maikel Franco.
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