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14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

Posted on: April 14, 2009 5:59 am
 

 

 Here's my MLB Power Rankings after the first week of baseball:

1. Chicago Cubs 4-2: The Cubbies have gotten off to a nice start, taking 2 from 3 off Houston and likewise against the Brewers.

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2. Tampa Bay Rays 3-3: Considering who the Rays have played, they've started pretty well. Their pounding of the Yanks didn't hurt either.

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3. Atlanta Braves 5-1: The Braves suprised a lot of people by taking 2 from 3 against the Phils and they've backed that up with a sweep of the lowly Nats.

 

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4. Florida Marlins 5-1: The Fish have started well, sweeping the Nationals and taking two from 3 against the NY Mets. Their pitching staff has made a dominant start to the season also.

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5. St. Louis Cardinals 5-2: The Cards have been solid so far and Albert Pujols is looking like he will have another big season for St. Louis.

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6. Toronto Blue Jays 5-2: The team from north of the border had a great start to the season, sweeping the Detroit Tigers and taking 2 from 3 against Cleveland. They have been hard to stop in the 1st week.

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7. L.A Dodgers 4-3: The Dodgers have had a decent start to the Season, splitting their series with SD and winning their series with main division rival, Arizona.

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8. Baltimore Orioles 4-2: The O's opened up by taking 2 from 3 against the Yankees and they backed up by doing the same against Tampa. Their young players seem to be coming along quite nicely.

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9. Chicago White Sox 3-3: The Southsiders have struggled to put runs on the board so far but their pitching has been lights out.

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10. Seattle Mariners 5-2: The Mariners have looked good so far, splitting their series with the Twins and then sweeping the A's on the road. They've handled a tough opening week well especially considering they haven't had Ichiro.

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11. Philadelphia Phillies 3-3: The Braves series was a tough one for the Phils but they bounced back against the Rockies, winning the series.

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12. San Diego Padres 5-2: The Pads have gotten off to a hot start, splitting their series with the Dodgers and sweeping the Giants. They've beaten some of their NL West rivals to start off which is promising.

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13. Boston Red Sox 2-4: They've played a tough schedule to start with, facing the Rays and Halos and the Sox haven't fared too well but have still managed to get the 2 wins against the Rays and Angels.

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14. New York Yankees 3-3: They struggled against Baltimore mostly and then were able to beat an average KC team. Not too bad considering they're without A-Rod.

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15. L.A Angels 3-3: The Halos couldn't win their series with division rival Oakland but they were good enough to win 2 from 3 against the Red Sox to complete an emotion filled week in Anaheim.

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16. N.Y Mets 3-3: They started the week well by taking 2 outta 3 from the Reds but they dropped 2 to the Marlins which has gotta hurt Mets fans.

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17. Oakland Athletics 2-4: The A's beat down the Angels which was great for them but they couldn't follow up, getting swept by the Mariners.

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18. Detroit Tigers 4-3: Detroit dropped 3 outta 4 at Toronto but were mor comfortable at home against the Rangers, completing the sweep.

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19. Texas Rangers 3-3: The Rangers have had a mixed start to the season. They swept Cleveland but were then swept themselves, by the Detroit Tigers on the road.

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20. Pittsburgh Pirates 3-3: It doesn't feel right putting them here but what can I say. They've played decent ball so far. .500 over their 6 road games.

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21. Minnesota Twins 3-4: They're missing Joe Mauer and they've scraped together to go 3-5 which isn't too bad. They need more offensive production really.

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22. Colorado Rockies 3-3: The Rox took 2 from 3 @Arizona but weren't quite able to completely handle the Phils back home.

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23. Kansas City Royals 3-3: They won a tough series with the White Sox but weren't able to beat the Yanks. They avoided a sweep though at least.

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24. Cincinnati Reds 2-3: The Reds struggled with the Mets to start with, then they split their shortned series with the Pirates. Aaron Harang has been looking good for them.

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25. Arizona Diamondbacks 2-4: Zona' has only been able to take a game from each of their two series' with LA and Colorado respectively. Their pitching hasn't been anything flash.

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26. Milwaukee Brewers 2-4: The Brew Crew struggled on the road @ San Francisco, but they made a slight improvement against the Cubs winning just one but staying fairly competitive.

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27. Cleveland Indians 1-5: Cliff Lee has looked terrible and so have the Indians. Their pitching has really sucked.

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28. Houston Astros 1-5: The Stros opened up against a tough Cubs lineup which meant that they were outmatched by the Northsiders. They weren't able to get it done against St. Louis either.

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29. San Franciso Giants 2-4: They won 2 from 3 against Milwaukee but got swept by San Diego. Lincecum hasn't looked good at all and their offense is still terrible.

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30. Washington Nationals 0-6: The Nats haven't been able to get on the board yet, they've been swept by both Florida and Atlanta now.

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Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2009 6:18 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

 

 

Exactly.

 

 The Orioles played the Yankees and Rays.  What sport are you watching?  You must not be paying attention to the rankings, or the game of baseball in general.

 




Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2009 6:17 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

 I mean, Baltimore won a few games, but beat Detroit and Cleveland out of the Central which is weak and they are top 10?

 

 

Baltimore won both their series with the Yanks and their series with the Rays. They didn't play Detroit or Cleveland.

Toronto have played easy teams but they've won all but one game. So it's not like their dragging their feet against these weak teams.

 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2009 5:03 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

 

 The Orioles played the Yankees and Rays.  What sport are you watching?  You must not be paying attention to the rankings, or the game of baseball in general.

 

 




Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2009 5:02 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

The Angels are way too low. They should be near the top given their strong lineup (Vlady, Rivera, Morales, Abreu) and pitching (Escobar, Santana, Surf-rat, and Saunders).  




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2009 5:01 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

Pretty close to what I would think at this point.  Tough to really do one of these a week in to the season since early season baseball rarely has any indication on the later stages.  However, I guess the only thing I can disagree with is that the Yankees should be lower.  They have shown no signs of life whatsoever.  And having Jeter, Damon, Texiera, Cano, and Matsui they should be doing more at the plate.  Utility man Nick Swisher leads every major batting category, and is even backing up the porous bullpen.  Also, having Sabathia, Wang, Burnett, and Chamberlain; they should be doing work on the mound.  Baltimore took them to town, and had it not been for a costly error by the Oriole back up catcher in the third game, the Orioles may have pulled off the sweep.  Tampa put up 15 on them yesterday, pathetic for a team that can buy the "best" players in the game.  A-Rod won't be much help to this club. 

Boston, I suppose, has looked old and worn out the first week.  Without Manny and relying on the power of a still injured Papi is going to take a toll on this team if they can't get things going.  They started out at home in one of the best arenas in the game and couldn't get it done.  Then the A's took them to town yesterday. 

But, like I said, at this point you just never know.  The Nationals could rip off 10 in a row and the Cubbies could drop two series and it changes the whole landscape in just another week and a half. 

IMO, baseball is too long, cut the season in half, or drop a quarter of the games.  Makes these early ones a bit more meaningful.

 

All in all I suppose I agree.  Too early to tell though.

 

 




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2009 4:55 pm
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

does this guy take into the consideration what teams were beat or played against in week 1?

I mean, Baltimore won a few games, but beat Detroit and Cleveland out of the Central which is weak and they are top 10?

Same with Blue Jays........

 

I just dont pay attention or give any value to these rankings.  It's a fun read, and thats the fartherest you can take this article/rank 




Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2009 6:03 am
 

14/4 My MLB Power Rankings

I'd love to get some feedback on these rankings so chime in.  



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