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MLB Power Rankings

Posted on: February 20, 2008 11:59 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2008 9:22 pm
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It's that time again. The smell of freshly cut grass, peanuts, and beer will soon be in the air across the country, but for now it's located in Arizona and Florida. A lot of teams have made some great offseason moves. We saw three of the games top pitchers traded cross leagues and cross the country. We saw one of the games already best hitters move into a better ballpark with a better offense, which is scary to think of for pitchers in the American League facing the Tigers on any given day.

For now though, there still stands a mountain 29 teams must climb, and that mountain is the Boston Red Sox. They are still the defending champs, and despite losing Curt Schilling for a good chunk of the season (as it stands), they may have very well improved. Replacing Coco Crisp with Jacoby Ellsbury gives the Sox a similar defensive Center Fielder, but an improved bat that gives them a true leadoff man with the average and speed Ellsbury brings.

Without Schilling, Clay Buchholz enters the rotation. He probably won't immediately turn into the ace he's touted to be, but he can provide good pitching as a 5th starter for the Sox, with huge upside. Schilling struggled at times last year, and I feel that with the improved offense, and similar pitching that could actually be better, the Red Sox are still the team to beat and will remain that way until another team surpasses them.

Ellsbury (Right) will start the year in CF for the Sox, which leaves Coco Crisp's (left) future with Boston in question


     

1. Boston Red Sox: Their offseason was quiet, but the 2007 World Champs maintained their core and added improved talent from within. Manny Ramirez is said to be in the best shape of his life, and youth is working it's way into the rotation. This team remains the team to beat in the American League and all of baseball.

2. Detroit Tigers: One of the top offenses in the AL went from solid to scary in the offseason. Adding Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Renteria, and moving Carlos Guillen to first base give the Tigers a top-notch offense with some solid pitching too. Justin Verlander can win 20 games this year with all the run support he'll get, and this team will challenge for the title of best in the AL.

3. New York Mets: This ranking will get me some heat, but with the best pitcher in baseball switching to the weaker hitting league, in a pitchers park, with a solid offense and a good defense at key positions (2B,3B,SS,CF), this team's offseason grade went from a big red "F" to a bright "A+" with sparkles around it. The rotation gets much better, the bullpen improves off of that with more rest and the return of Duaner Sanchez, and just how long does everybody expect Jose B. Reyes to stay in the cellar for?

4. New York Yankees: I believe this could be the best team in New York, but not until they're proven. Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy could be the best 1-2-3 since Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz, but they all have to start games first. The Yankees get older and younger in 2008. I except some players to continue to improve (Cano, Cabrera, and the pitchers mentioned), and some to decline (Damon, Abreu, Posada, Giambi, Mussina, Pettite, maybe Rivera). It's going to be an interesting year for Joe Girardi in his first year managing the Bronx Bombers.

5. Cleveland Indians: They could be #3 in my rankings, but I'm anticipating hitters to figure out Fausto Carmona to an extent. Travis Hafner should bounce back, and along with Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez the offense will be enough to keep this team in competition with a deep rotation, and they could very easily compete with the Tigers for a division title.

6. Los Angeles Angels: They improved the offense by throwing money at Torii Hunter, but don't expect him to repeat his great 2007 season offensively. Still, the mix of a good offense and very good pitching depth that improved with Jon Garland, along with a scary back-end of the bullpen, this team is easily favored out West in the AL.

7. Philadephia Phillies: This team got better, but not much. They lost Aaron Rowand, but the Brad Lidge trade allows Brett Myers to move back to the rotation that's in desperate need of a solid starter after Cole Hamels. The back end of the rotation will struggle, and they are still relatively weak at catcher, third base, and their relievers, but regardless, the Big-3 of their offense will power them to another competitive season. The biggest question is whether or not Brad Lidge can close games again.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp, James Loney, and Andy LaRoche can be a dangerous set for the Dodgers offense, which adds Andruw Jones to a already decent core. With Chad Billingsly emerging last season as a potential frontline starter, and a possibly healthy Jason Schmidt to go along with solid starters Brad Penny and Derek Lowe, this Dodgers team can turn some heads under new manager Joe Torre.

9. Seattle Mariners: Trading for Eric Bedard gave this team a big boost after they slowed down in the second half last year. Along with King Felix Hernandez, who everyone is still waiting to emerge into the ace he can be, this could be the best 1-2 punch in the majors, to go along with a top closer and good offense. But this offense can't have Richie Sexson batting near the Mendoza line all season if they want to compete.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks: The rotation is now one of the best in the NL with Brandon Webb and Dan Haren at the front, and youth is taking over the team. The offense wasn't the best last year, but I expect Justin Upton and Chris Young to improve, and Eric Byrnes to hustle this team to playoff contention. I expect them to compete again this year, very strongly at that, but I don't think they are tops in the NL like their record shows last year.

11. Toronto Blue Jays: If Roy Halladay and A.J. Burnett could stay healthy they'd be one of the best front two starters in the majors. Halladay did start 31 games last season, but his prime may have passed and he is still an injury-risk. Shawn Marcum and Dustin McGowan both pitched well in 2007, and the Blue Jays add to that a breakout Alex Rios, a healthy Vernon Wells, and Aaron Hill who may end up being the best offensive second baseman in the AL. This team could be a potential sleeper for a Wild Card Birth.

12. Chicago Cubs: A Cubs are a pretty good team coming out of the NL Central, and they improved in the offseason. A core of Soriano-Ramirez-Lee is already dangerous, add some highly touted prospects (Felix Pie and Geovany Soto), and Kosuke Fukudome coming across seas, along with a change in the starting rotation, this team is solid coming from a weak division. Their biggest question is the closer situation; is it Marmol, Wood, or Howry, and can they get it done?

13. San Diego Padres: Same thing for them every year for the past few years. Great pitching, great bullpen, lackluster offense, though slightly improved. Adrian Gonzalez is emerging as one of the top first baseman in the league, but the surrounding cast isn't as impressive, especially in the outfield. However, his bat along with the Padres pitching could be enough to still land this team in the playoffs.

14. Atlanta Braves: I'm not as high on this team as others are. The rotation is old, plain and simple. John Smoltz is still great, but he's 41, how long can he go? Tom Glavine showed his inconsistencies and age last season, and Mike Hampton.....well, nothing needs to be said. Tim Hudson will be 33 this year and could slow down a little from his hot start last season, but he's a top pitcher for 2008. If Chuck James can emerge, the rotation will be risky but full of depth. Rafael Soriano is a move I like, and the offense still has Chipper, Tex, McCann and Francoeur, so they'll be the best third place teams in the majors, but they can compete if the starters can hold up for a whole season.

15. Milwaukee Brewers: They signed one of the worst offensive catchers in baseball, and an aging centerfielder who is suspended for 25 games. They still have a great young core in Ryan Braun (who will improve moving to a more comfortable position in left field) and Yovani Gallardo (who will hopefully get healthy soon) to go along with a good offense cemented around Prince Fielder, and Ben Sheets at the front of the rotation. They hope to find 2007's first half Eric Gagne, and they can compete in the NL Central.

16. Minnesota Twins: The rotation is more than likely to be a disaster behind Francisco Liriano, but with Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Delmon Young swinging the sticks, and Joe Nathan closing out games, they can still be a .500 team, or close to it. Look out for Carlos Gomez to be a sleeper who can either start the season for the Twins or come up sometime during the season and make an impact.

17. Colorado Rockies: Location, location, locaion. Offensive home/road splits can be tough for this team, both on offense and with pitching. I don't see them getting back to the Fall Classic again in 2008, and not even in the playoffs with their rotation, but with a top emerging shortstop in Troy Tulowitzki and a handful of top hitters, who knows?

18. Cincinnati Reds: Look, everyone! The Reds found a closer! And a top one at that! The rotation behind Harang is their weakness right now, and the biggest questionmark, because their offense is going to score runs, and now they finally have someone to close out those close games. This team will turn heads in 2008, and may even sneak in a run at a division title.

19. Chicago White Sox: How far the mighty have fallen. They dominated to 2005 post-season, and even won 90 games in 2006, but last year they were awful. But with the additions of Nick Swisher and Orlando Cabrera, they're looking to change that. Their former big 3 (Konerko-Dye-Thome) are getting old, but the offense as a whole looks a lot better than last year. With Javier Vazquez and Mark Buehrle at the front, and Bobby Jenks finishing games off, this team will realistically fight for third place in the tough AL Central.

20. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Their offense has great power, speed, and excellent potential. The bullpen looks solid, and the front 2 (potentially front 3) of the rotation could be great. Somehow though, the Rays will find a way to lose. They won't finish in last place, and could find their way to a third place finish if the injury bug hits Toronto again.

21. St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright came on strong in the second half last year, and Albert Pujols had a down year (.327-32HR-103RBI). Troy Glaus won't provide the protection Albert needs, and hopefully the offseason has helped rest his elbow, but all-in-all this team isn't built to win. With Carpenter out until at least August, and not enough offense to back up the rest of the rotation, this team will struggle. I can see them finishing around .500 if Albert remains healthy and Chris Duncan continues to improve.

22. Oakland Athletics: They traded away their best hitter and pitcher, and are in the rebuilding process. They have Joe Blanton for now, and Rich Harden is healthy (for now). They'll battle Texas for third place in the division, and they still might even lose Joe Blanton (and probably Rich Harden to injury), which would make them the celler dwellers of the West.

23. Texas Rangers: So far their best off-season signing is a 61-year-old Nolan Ryan. Seriously, it's the same for the Rangers, offense is solid with Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, and comeback player of the year favorite Hank Blalock making up a solid infield to go with 1B/C Jarrod Saltalamacchia. This pitching though, well, maybe Nolan Ryan should try to make the roster in Spring Training.

24. Houston Astros: The offense is actually looking pretty solid with the Matsui and Tejada additions to go along with Berkman, Lee, and Pence, and the Astros even added a closer coming off a great year. Their pitching after Roy Oswalt though is enough to lose them more than they'll win. Roy Oswalt may be on the block again come June and July.

25. Kansas City Royals: Yes, the Royals are 25th. That says a lot about the teams ranked below them. You have to admit, the front 3 of Gil Meche, Brian Bannister, and Zach Grienke isn't that bad, plus some solid players overlooked in Alex Gordon, Mark Teahan, and John Buck (and PED using Jose Guillen). I don't expect them to compete, but the Royals are progressing slowly.

26. Pittsburgh Pirates: This team isn't going to make any playoff runs, but they are moving forward. Locking up Freddy Sanchez for a few years helps, as well as a pitching staff on the rise with Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny. Other than Jason Bay and a few others, this team won't turn any heads.

27. Washington Nationals: Everything other than the rotation looks okay. Grabbing Lastings Milledge for 2 scrubs is a great pickup, and the new ballpark will help Ryan Zimmerman's power numbers. The return of Nick Johnson brings up the question of where to put Dmitri Young, and they may be interested in hearing some offers for young stud closer Chad Cordero.

28. Baltimore Orioles: Without Bedard, the rotation is bad other than a few flashes of brilliance from Jeremy Guthrie in 2007. Without Tejada, and possibly Brian Roberts if he's traded, the offense has Nick Markakis and that's it. The bullpen could be worse, but in the end, a bad team in 07 got worse in the offseason as they entered the rebuilding process with prospects from the Astros and Mariners, and possibly another big prospect haul in the future.

29. San Francisco Giants: Their best hitter is Aaron Rowand, need I say more? The rotation is very young and has great potential, but a bad offense in a pitcher's park isn't going to cut it. This team has a rotation for the future, and a lineup for the past.

30. Florida Marlins: They're the opposite of the Giants; solid young hitting and a bad kind of scary rotation. Scott Olsen is the ace right now, and he's a swing at the cops away from getting his butt whooped again. Hanley Ramirez won't be as good without Miguel Cabrera in the lineup driving him in, but he'll still be solid, although I can't vouch for anyone else on the team.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2008 11:17 am
 

MLB Power Rankings

But I do believe that the Seattle Mariners should be a little bit farther up the list because of their new pitcher

I agree that they are a much improved team and will probably finish the season ranked higher that 9th, but I really want to see King Felix develop more before I rank them with the AL's elite. If he's as good as he's hyped to be, or anywhere close, the Mariners are up there with-the best of the best. Right now, I think they're a B+ all around, with the potential to be an A+.

I think all the rankings are fair except maybe the yankees because they most likely won't be that good this year, and the Diamondbacks are ranked too low, in my opinion, i think they are probably the best team in the NL with the addition of Haren to Webb, they have some of the best pitching in baesball, and in the Big Unit can do anything I think they'll be the team to beat

The Yankees are hard to assess because the team is old and young, not too much in between. They could be great, they could be stuck in a rebuilding year. For now, I like them at number 4 because they're still a competitive team.

The Diamondbacks are also hard to assess. The offense is good, but can Chris Young be a power/speed guy without sacrificing so much in the batting average department. Can Eric Byrnes be a team leader? Can the other young hitters continue to develop? The pitching is spectacular, and if RJ comes back remotely effective, it'll be one of if not the best rotation in the NL. They also need to worry how Brandon Lyon will do closing, although I think he'll be fine and if not Tony Pena is an effective replacement. I like the Dodgers in the West as the better all-around team, but the Diamondbacks can continue to develop and like last year, take the NL West. With the moves the Mets made, and the return of Brett Myers to the Phillies rotation (hopefully Lidge's knee injury isn't that serious from yesterday), they have improved too and were close to the D-backs last year. It should be a really fun year with all the competitive teams in the NL for division titles, wild card spots, along with emerging rookies, returning veterans, and more players developing into their MVP-calibur selfs.




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2008 1:29 am
 

MLB Power Rankings

Dude, how do you know so much about every team? Everything on here is good, I just don't know how you put all this together. I think all the rankings are fair except maybe the yankees because they most likely won't be that good this year, and the Diamondbacks are ranked too low, in my opinion, i think they are probably the best team in the NL with the addition of Haren to Webb, they have some of the best pitching in baesball, and in the Big Unit can do anything I think they'll be the team to beat. I also think the Rays will surprise people this year, they have 3 good starters, one of the Best lefty's in Kazmir, and some really good young hitters, I think they will take 3rd in the East and if they were in the NL or the AL west, I think that they would compete for the division.



Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2008 12:51 am
 

MLB Power Rankings

I like how the teams are ranked. But I do believe that the Seattle Mariners should be a little bit farther up the list because of their new pitcher and also, even though they had a good season last year, there is a good chance that they will have an even better season this year and will be a hard team to beat in the MLB.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2008 8:11 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

When you say "no one even knew they existed" about the Colorado Rockies, you are surely showing the typical East Coast bias we've come to know dominates sports analysis here in America.  The NL West knows all too well the Rockies, and the reason Colorado hasn't done much in the off-season is that they have based their team on their core home-grown players. 

I should have said "no one knew they existed as a contender." No East Coast Bias in that. Most real baseball fans know of their great offense powered by perennial MVP candidate to be Matt Holliday and Todd Helton, along with Garrett Atkins and an emerging Troy Tulowitzki.

However, a good amount of those hitters simply don't hit on the road. Tulowitzki batted .256 on the road, Atkins batted .254, Holliday only hit 11 of his 36 homers away from Coors. Those are the three big power hitters, and they simply don't hit away from Coors field.

Also, maybe you need to look at the Rockies' pitchers and their ERAs last season - far from "dreadful". 

They have middle of the road starters and a decent closer. Francis, Cook, Fogg (now on the Reds), Jiminez all had ERAs over 4, and Franklin Morales impressed, but he only pitched around 40 innings. The staff isn't that good, simple as that. Pitching wins championships, and they don't have it.

Any power ranking that puts one of the previous season's World Series participants in a #17 ranking is ridiculous.

That's your opinion. I have them as the fourth best team in their division because each of the teams in front of them got better in the offseason, the Rockies didn't. The Dodgers are a lot more competitive with a much better offense and healthy pitching, the Padres got Iguchi, Wolf, Prior, Clark, and Edmonds, the Diamondbacks got Dan Haren, while the Rockies signed Josh Towers, Victor Zambrano, and Kip Wells as the depth of their rotation incase anyone gets injured, along with Scott Podsednik and Marcus Giles, while losing a hitter who had a good year for them in Kaz Matsui (even if all his power happen to come at home). If one pitcher goes down for the Rockies, the depth of the rotation is worse than "dreadful".

Sorry to break it to you, but the teams around them improved (except for the Giants), and the Rockies didn't so much. They had an amazing run late last season to nab a Wild Card spot in an exciting one game playoff from the Padres, and were a 90 win team. They had an exciting playoff run to get to the World Series, but what didn't hold up for them in the Fall Classic? The pitching. What haven't they improved on (other than one pitcher who had a good 40 innings now in the rotation)? The pitching.

My prediction: the Rockies will have a better record than more than half the teams ranked ahead of them and they will again be a team contending for a play-off spot if not the NL championship.

Good luck to them. I don't think they're close to an NL championship team considering the improvements the NL teams in front of them made, especially the Mets, Phillies, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks moves. Their offense will hit with the best of them (at least at home), and the starters will have their moments, but mostly win games thanks to their run support.

They're a good team that had a great run, that's it, from my perspective. I can see them staying in a race for a while, but in the end, I can't see them making another run like they did in 2007.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2008 7:36 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

WOW Cleveland behind the NY Steriods. Colorado not even in the top ten?

"Colorado was a cinderella story, and no one even knew they existed until their September run. Their offense is powerful, their starting pitching is dreadful. They division around them has also gotten better, and they didn't really do much in the offseason, so I don't see them challenging for the division, and they can probably compete for a WC spot, but I don't think so. They are definitely not a top 10 team as of right now. Top 10 offense easily, top ten team, no."

When you say "no one even knew they existed" about the Colorado Rockies, you are surely showing the typical East Coast bias we've come to know dominates sports analysis here in America.  The NL West knows all too well the Rockies, and the reason Colorado hasn't done much in the off-season is that they have based their team on their core home-grown players.  Also, maybe you need to look at the Rockies' pitchers and their ERAs last season - far from "dreadful".  Any power ranking that puts one of the previous season's World Series participants in a #17 ranking is ridiculous.  My prediction: the Rockies will have a better record than more than half the teams ranked ahead of them and they will again be a team contending for a play-off spot if not the NL championship.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2008 5:40 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

First, the White Sox won 90 games in 2006, not 93.  Second, Lidge and Bedard weren't "signings".  They were trades.  Third, Javier Vazquez is spelled with a "z" not an "s".Did you make an account today just to comment on here to correct spelling and a few insignificant mistakes, or do you actually have something intelligent to add to the discussion?



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2008 5:33 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

First, the White Sox won 90 games in 2006, not 93.  Second, Lidge and Bedard weren't "signings".  They were trades.  Third, Javier Vazquez is spelled with a "z" not an "s".



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2008 5:25 pm
 

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I guess that we must realize that all of this is strictly conjecture based on a big paper trail plus past performance with an added dash of untested youthful rookies.

Yea, and within one week these entire rankings can change. It's the glory that is Baseball!

I like the rankings that you posted, but the Angels could be a little higher.  My reason behind this is that the young Angels talent is very good.  Howie Kendrick is a stud and with a full healthy season his numbers will improve.  Also the pitching staff has improved with the likes of Jon Garland and a now seasoned Jered Weaver.

The Angels could very well be higher, but even with the aquisition of Torii Hunter, the offense isn't the greatest. Vladdy, Hunter, and Figgens can flat out hit, but Vlad has to stay healthy and Hunter will probably decline a little bit in the different ballpark from his career-year last year. Still, the offense will be enough to win plenty of games with the pitching, all-around pitching, but I'm not so high on Jon Garland and Jered Weaver, especially not as high on Weaver as I was last season. They'll come out strong of the West, but they will really be tested by teams like Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, and maybe even the Yankees, which is why they're in front of them.

But a player that got the money Matzuzake received compared to the return on investment (ROE) is deserving of the title "Hosing the Front Office of the Year Award."   

I absolutely agree with the money, but his first half numbers were solid, and like I said, he broke down in the second half, mainly september where his ERA was awful. Daisuke dominated in June, and pitched very well in July. His rookie year wasn't a spectacular one, but now that Francona fully understands what he can get out of him, I think his numbers will improve. I expect a similar amount of wins and Ks, a few less innings, and an ERA around 4, give or take .10.

Is it rediculous to opinion that the Red Sox may experience what happened to the St. Louis Cardinals? 

As of this exact moment, yes, it is.

I mean they had Numero Uno Carpenter and a good pitching staff but fell apart.  Pujols went off his HGH, er ... I mean his medication.  Rolen tried his best...etc...and the team tanked.   

Carpenter was out for the entire season except for the first game against the Mets and they had a terrible pitching staff without him. Pujols had a monster year despite being injured, it was only poor by his standards, Rolen was getting older, as was the rest of the team, and Chris Duncan had solid power but mediocre batting average. The Cardinals didn't improve at all as the other teams around them did. The Red Sox have improved and most of the other teams around them haven't as much (minus the Tigers).

Now be honest.  Do you think Manny and Big Popi will risk using the hitter's little helper to get their pop back or for that matter the pitching staff?   Nope!

They don't need to. For one, Ortiz doesn't really need his pop back. He batted .332 and hit 33 homeruns on a bad knee, which he's rested in the offseason, and should be back to his normal power self. Manny improved his offseason regimine and hasn't picked up a bat yet this offseason. Last year was the first time in his career Ramirez swung a bat in the offseason and look what happen, this year he's focused on getting healthy and into better shape, and it will show. They don't need to cheat, the lineup is potent enough as it is, even without Manny and Ortiz at their absolute best.

Just my take on the possible,  the plausable.  At the end of the season you can call me a big jerk if the Sox repeat.  I mean the Bosox.

It's absolutely plausable, but a lot has to happen, for one, injuries. They're healthy now, and virtually the same team that won last year, so it's not really plausable to picture them finishing third unless they'e dismantled by injury, which they're not. I won't call you a jerk at all because it can happen, and it's very hard to repeat, but as of right now, it's ridiculous, at least to me, to have them finishing in third before the season even starts.

First, the Mariners will be better than 9 by the end of the year

They may very well be, but until we see the Felix Hernandez he's hyped to be, the team will be second place to the Angels. The offense is good, but their key RBI man (or one of them) can't be at .205 all season like in 2007.

First and foremost, their rotation is the worst of the top 3 in the NL East and I don't think much of their bullpen.

Brett Myers returning to the rotation should help that, and Cole Hamels is a stud, but I agree with that. Either way, the offense is scary enough to power them to a competitive season. And you never now with Brad Lidge. A change of scenary away from the same division as Albert Pujols may be exactly what he needs.

Finally, the Yankees are three spots too high.  There is just absolutely no depth in the rotation and question marks up and down their roster, from the health of their aging pitchers (Mussina, Pettite, Rivera) to the health of their aging position players (Giambi, Damon, Abreu).  Finally, Posada went off last year, but he's no longer in a contract year and you know what that means.  He'll drop off and so will Jeter.

This is a lose-lose for me because if I put them too low, I'm a Red Sox homer. The Yankees offense is still built solidly, with avg and speed at the front with Damon and Jeter. Abreu struggled a lot early last year, but he is the OBP guy, and if he can keep decent eyes with his good pop, the 3-hole is solid. Alex Rodriguez I don't need to say anything about, he's freakin' amazing. Hideki Matsui could benefit from DH time rather than playing the outfield all the time, and Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera should continue to improve, and Posada is still a good offensive catcher even with an expected drop in production from his 2007 season. Giambi may not even be playing, and Shelly Duncan could be the first baseman, who could add to the Yankees youthful talent/inexperience.

As for the rotation, Chien-Ming Wang isn't a strike out machine, but he eats innings and gets the job done. Two back-to-back 19 win seasons is impressive with K numbers as low as his. Andy Pettite can still be an effective pitcher, and Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain (if he's not in the bullpen as redsoxring04 mentioned), and the 5-slot could be up in the air between Moose and Kennedy, or even Igawa. The Yankees could always make a FA signing too, or even a trade for someone. Still, they're the Yankees, their offense will score runs, their pitching will have its moments, and their closer is still effective. 4 for now, who knows where they'll end up.

WOW Cleveland behind the NY Steriods. Colorado not even in the top ten?

Cleveland didn't do anything in the offseason. The division around them got a lot better, mainly in Chicago and Detroit, and like I said, I don't expect a sophmore season as good as the first one from Fausto Carmona. C.C. Sabathia should be great again, but what about the man closing out games? You trust Joe Borowski? Until they give Betancourt the job, he's the closer, and that's unnerving.

Colorado was a cinderella story, and no one even knew they existed until their September run. Their offense is powerful, their starting pitching is dreadful. They division around them has also gotten better, and they didn't really do much in the offseason, so I don't see them challenging for the division, and they can probably compete for a WC spot, but I don't think so. They are definitely not a top 10 team as of right now. Top 10 offense easily, top ten team, no.




Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2008 4:01 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

WOW Cleveland behind the NY Steriods. Colorado not even in the top ten?



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2008 2:22 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings

I think there are a few teams deserving of higher spots.  First, the Mariners will be better than 9 by the end of the year.  They have a solid 1-2-3 in Eric Bedard, The King Hernandez, and Miguel Batista.  Second, their offense, minus Sexson and the 8-9 combo is extremely potent.  They are a better offensive club than the Angels and IMO a better starting 5.  Granted, the Angels still have the best players, but I think are not as solid all around as the Mariners.  Mariners - Angels switch and I like it even more.

I don't think the Phillies are as good as people think, they are in a much tougher division compared to last year and have a lot of problems they didn't really address.  First and foremost, their rotation is the worst of the top 3 in the NL East and I don't think much of their bullpen.

Finally, the Yankees are three spots too high.  There is just absolutely no depth in the rotation and question marks up and down their roster, from the health of their aging pitchers (Mussina, Pettite, Rivera) to the health of their aging position players (Giambi, Damon, Abreu).  Finally, Posada went off last year, but he's no longer in a contract year and you know what that means.  He'll drop off and so will Jeter.  Granted, as a Red Sox fan I think we have a lot of the same problems (Schilling, Wakefield, Ortiz, and some question marks in the bullpen Timlin for one).  Maybe it's just me, but I think the Tigers and Mets are probably 1, 2, then the Sox, Indians, Mariners, and Yankees at 7.


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