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MLB Power Rankings Top 10

Posted on: February 16, 2009 10:03 pm
 

1. Phillies - They are the defending champs and with the addition of Raul Ibanez, I like the strikeout rate as a team to go down.  The rotation is pretty much unchanged with a 5th starter still up for grabs. 

2. Yankees - I dislike the Yankees as much as the next guy who dislikes the Yankees, but how can you not have them 1 or 2.  With the all the money they spend they are easily the best team "on paper".  But that is on paper, we will have to see how the team chemistry comes into play.

3. Red Sox - The core of this team: Ortiz, Lowell, Pedroia, Beckett, Matsuzaka, Papelbon, has been together for about 3-4 years now so there is no doubt the chemistry is there.  With Jason Bay there for a whole year I like to see how he progresses with the team.  Also their rotation looks solid with addition of Brad Penny and John Smoltz.

4. Rays - This team is solid.  I don't see them getting past the Yankees and the Red Sox again, but I have no doubt they will give them a run for their money.  Now they have a solid DH in Pat the Bat with the core of their youngsters still around.  I like to see how B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria play after their awesome playoffs.

5. Mets - Even after their second collapse in two years I like them to finally make the playoffs as a wildcard.  Their only problem last year was their bullpen and ability to close out games, but with the addition of K-Rod and J.J. Putz there is no doubt that won't be their problem again.  Also they have the chemistry with Delgado, Wright, Beltran, and Reyes together again.

6. Cubs - Every year for Cubs fans is a disappointment unless they win a World Series.  Odds are this year will be the same but they sure will look good doing it again.  With all of their offense coming back, less DeRosa, and the addition of Milton Bradley they sure will put up alot of runs.  They will easily win the Central.

7. Angels - I really like the addition of Bobby Abreu for the Angels.  With him in front of Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero, it will give them a chance to bat alot of runs in.  Also one of the best outfields in the MLB.  I also love their pitching depth - starting and bullpen. They were really able to plug their holes well with the losses of K-Rod and Teixiera.

8. Indians - Everyone is on the Indians this year and I'm going to have to agree.  I have always liked their lineup with Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Jhonny Peralta, and Grady Sizemore.  Also Mark DeRosa was one of my favorite breakout players from last year with the Cubs.  Their pitching also looks solid with the reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and 2007 breakout Carmona who was hurt most of last year and the additions of Kerry Wood and Carl Pavano.

9. Dodgers - Manny will be back.  There is no way in the world he will sign anywhere else.  So I like this team to win the West with most of their lineup coming back.  I also think their pitching rotation is very solid with Chad Billingsley as the ace and Kuroda and Kershaw having a chance to really breakout.

10. Diamondbacks - This team should have easily won the West last year.  I think it will be very close this year between them and the Dodgers.  I like every position player on this team. Watch Mark Reynolds and Chris Young try to bring their strikeout rates down and batting averages up.  Watch out for Max Scherzer.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 5:18 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

Ok I forgot Youkilis but Lester just started to get good last year we will see how he does this year.  I do like the Red Sox though almost put them above the Yankees but they have to beat the Rays before I put them ahead the Phils.

 




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2009 5:16 pm
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Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2009 5:14 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

 

You forgot Youk and Lester.  Lester may be the best pitcher opn the team and Youk the intensity (although Pedroia just keeps on going).  No Red Sox fan would have left the two out so I figure you are a Philly fan and hoping for a rerun of their fluke season last year.

Philly is not that good.  Sox and Yankees are better.  Now go back to the minor national league and rethink that one.




Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:24 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I think the Rays will be back and solid and don't see how they are number 4.  I know the yankees have many  great allstars but the yankees haven't played as a team and we all know without strategy and team work they wont win.  The fan's will be backing up the Rays this year so hopefully we finish at op the AL EAST

my top 10 is

1. Phillies

2. Red Sox

3 Rays

4 Mets

5 Cubs

6 Yankees

7 Dodgers depending on Manny

8 Indians

9 White Sox

10 Angels

 

with the Brewers close but without Sabathia it willbe tough




Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2009 3:22 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I think the Rays will be back and solid and don't see how they are number 4.  I know the yankees have many  great allstars but the yankees haven't played as a team and we all know without strategy and team work they wont win.  The fan's will be backing up the Rays this year so hopefully we finish at op the AL EAST

my top 10 is

1. Phillies

2. Red Sox

3 Rays

4 Mets

5 Cubs

6 Yankees

7 Dodgers depending on Manny

8 Indians

9 White Sox

10 Angels




Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2009 2:14 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

The cubs are better than the rays and the mets, but i like it other than that. I dont know about the indians tho. Good job.




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 2:26 am
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

i dont see the indians finishing above 500.there pitching is at best bottom have in the league.hafner who knows if he;ever be right again and if the dont start shoppach at catcher an victor at first they are in for a very bad season.




Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:11 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I dont have a major problwm with this list at all.....as champions, and not losing much at all in the way of their roster, the Phillies should be #1....as for A roid and the Yankees.....although they look like the best on paper   chemistry......the a rod soap opera,,,,,,and lack of dominant outfielders in the line up   especially Centerfield...will cause their ultimate failure( I HOPE!!!!!).  Spoken like a true disgrunteled Mets fan HUH?




Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 12:24 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

Wrong, but close.  No way the Angels are #7 in the league.  There is a chance they won't even be a .500% team.  It is a weak division so you may see them in the playoffs, but to say they are #7 over all is quite ridiculous.




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 12:07 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

dodgers only if mannys back.Rays arent improved with pat(i had years closeing my eyes,but will miss him) red sox will jump out early

i think anyone going to the yanks will feel a ton of preasure,but hands down yanks next year provided they dont ruffel each others feathers.



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