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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.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 9:15 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

everything looks good. phils definitley should be #1




Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 8:12 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I agree with many of your rankings and reasons, but I dont think the Rays, Yankees, and Red Sox can all be in the top 4 when they are all in the same division. One of them will fall.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:41 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

You think the White Sox and the Twins are going to be ahead of the Indians? I don't like the Twins offense at all besides Morneau and Mauer but their pitching is always good so you never know.  It will probably come down to the Twins and the Indians




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:38 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

why? whats wrong with the dodgers? even if they don't sign manny i still like their lineup their outfield is good with kemp, ethier and pierre and their pitching is young and ready to breakout




Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2009 1:14 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

The ray s Number 4 , we'll see if they can do it again ,pat the bat is not the great of a signing . A-roid and the yankees will be tough to beat in their new stadium .




Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 11:42 am
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I agree.  How can the Twins not be in your top 10?  Gardenhire has them in the top 2 in the central almost evey year.  they have a great line-up coming back and if Liriano performs they will be set.




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:30 am
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

The Dodgers, with Manny, are the best team in the NL West.  I hate to admit it being a Padres fan, but with Manny bolstering that lineup, it literally trasformed the rest of the team into a free-swinging group.  Manny brought the swagger that wasn't there before.




Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:28 am
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

I agree with you on pretty much everything except for number 8.  I think that for that division you gotta put them in 3rd in the AL Central.  The Twins will be too tough for them to overcome this year.

 




Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2009 12:08 am
 

MLB Power Rankings Top 10

Everything was going fine eagle until I hit #9, you have to be kidding.



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