MLB Power Rankings: Re-Ranking All 30 Teams' Lineups
With each team at least 11 games through the 2012 MLB season, it's becoming more evident who the powerhouse offenses are.
The Cleveland Indians have surprised, while the Cincinnati Reds have lacked.
The St. Louis Cardinals haven't missed a beat without Albert Pujols, and the Philadelphia Phillies are feeling the absence of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.
Two weeks ago, I pre-ranked all 30 MLB lineups heading into the 2012 season.
Now, here are my rankings after at least 11 games into the season.
30. Pittsburgh Pirates (Previously No. 24)
LF Alex Presley
RF Jose Tabata
CF Andrew McCutchen
2B Neil Walker
1B Garrett Jones
C Rod Barajas
3B Pedro Alvarez
SS Clint Barmes
At 4-7, the Pittsburgh Pirates aren't getting it done. They rank dead last in MLB in runs scored and home runs.
Andrew McCutchen may be hitting .381, but he has yet to hit a home run and has driven in just two runs.
Furthermore, no Pirate has more than four RBI to his name through 11 games, making Pittsburgh currently the worst lineup.
29. Oakland Athletics (Previously No. 27)
2B Jemile Weeks
LF Coco Crisp
RF Josh Reddick
CF Yoenis Cespedes
DH Seth Smith
C Kurt Suzuki
1B Daric Barton
3B Eric Sogard
SS Cliff Pennington
The Oakland Athletics haven't moved too far from my preseason lineup rankings.
They currently stand as the one of the worst teams in runs scored and sport the lowest batting average in the MLB at .201, leaving no one to wonder why they're 5-7 to start the season.
They lack an everyday starter hitting .300 or better and show a team OBP of .266.
28. Cincinnati Reds (Previously No. 6)
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen
RF Jay Bruce
LF Ryan Ludwick
CF Drew Stubbs
C Ryan Hanigan
Please excuse my previous ranking of the Cincinnati Reds lineup at No. 6—I guess I was expecting strong starts from Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips, who have combined for a mere one home run and six RBI.
As a team, they're hitting just .205 and are producing just three runs per game.
With a struggling lineup in the early going, they're lucky to be sitting at 4-7.
27. San Diego Padres (Previously No. 29)
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Will Venable
3B Chase Headley
LF Jesus Guzman/Carlos Quentin
1B Yonder Alonso
C Nick Hundley
SS Jason Bartlett
2B Orlando Hudson
I didn't have high expectations for the San Diego Padres lineup entering the season, and through 12 games, they're further cementing my expectations.
As a team, they lead MLB in strikeouts with 100, and their leading hitter is batting just .250. The team average sits at .216.
Their 3-9 record directly reflects their poor offensive start to the 2012 season.
26. Philadelphia Phillies (Previously No. 14)
LF Juan Pierre
3B Placido Polanco
SS Jimmy Rollins
RF Hunter Pence
CF Shane Victorino
1B John Mayberry, Jr.
C Carlos Ruiz
2B Freddy Galvis
Think the Philadelphia Phillies miss Ryan Howard and Chase Utley?
The Phillies lineup has produced just 35 runs through 11 games while hitting just six home runs and collecting a mere 130 total bases.
That's a far cry from a club that finished No. 13 in all of baseball last season in runs scored.
Hunter Pence has been the offense for Philadelphia, leading the team in batting average, homes runs, RBI, OBP and hits.
If it weren't for stellar pitching, the 5-6 Phillies would likely find themselves at the bottom of the NL East.
25. Chicago White Sox (Previously No. 22)
CF Alejandro De Aza
3B Brent Morel
DH Adam Dunn
1B Paul Konerko
C A.J. Pierzynski
RF Alex Rios
SS Alexei Ramirez
LF Dayan Viciedo
2B Gordon Beckham
Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski have led the way offensively for the Chicago White Sox so far—each hitting well over .300 and combining for four home runs and 20 RBI—but the supporting cast has lacked.
As a team, they've produced just 38 runs in 10 games while striking out 87 times.
Chicago can't expect this level of play from Pierzynski for the rest of the season and will need guys like Adam Dunn and Alex Rios to step up if the 5-5 White Sox want to contend.
24. Miami Marlins (Previously No. 7)
SS Jose Reyes
CF Emilio Bonifacio
3B Hanley Ramirez
RF Giancarlo Stanton
LF Logan Morrison
1B Gaby Sanchez
2B Omar Infante
C John Buck
The Miami Marlins lineup looks a lot better on paper than it does on the field.
The 5-6 Marlins have been led by Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez instead of Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton.
They've produced just 41 runs in 11 games, which is shocking for an offense that includes speedsters Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio.
Further, Miami has smacked just nine homers and drawn just 26 walks.
23. Minnesota Twins (Previously No. 23)
CF Denard Span
SS Jamey Carroll
C Joe Mauer
DH Justin Morneau
LF Josh Willingham
RF Ryan Doumit
3B Danny Valencia
1B Chris Parmelee
2B Alexi Casilla
The 3-8 Minnesota Twins have performed just as I predicted in the early part of the season.
The acquisition of Josh Willingham has paid off so far, as he's leading the team in batting average, HR, RBI and OBP, but Minnesota is still struggling offensively.
Though they're hitting .259 as a team, the Twins have accumulated just 38 runs in 11 games and are still waiting for Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau to heat up in 2012.
22. Chicago Cubs (Previously No. 25)
RF David DeJesus
2B Darwin Barney
SS Starlin Castro
LF Alfonso Soriano
3B Ian Stewart
1B Bryan LaHair
C Geovany Soto
CF Marlon Byrd
The Chicago Cubs offense is off to a better start in 2012 than many thought.
They have two everyday starters hitting better than .300 in Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro, and have managed to produce 42 runs through 11 games with a limited lineup.
Unfortunately for the 3-8 Cubs, they've hit just five home runs and have been struck out 88 times this season.
Expect Soriano's average to sink, as he's a career .274 hitter, but those power numbers should rise as well.
21. New York Mets (Previously No. 26)
SS Ruben Tejada
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Ike Davis
LF Jason Bay
RF Lucas Duda
C Josh Thole
CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis/Andres Torres
Yes, the New York Mets are off to a good start in the early going of 2012 (7-4 record), but they're doing it with great pitching.
The Mets' team ERA is an impressive 2.78—No. 4 in MLB—while their batting average is .248, which ranks No. 18 in the league.
They've scored 39 runs in 11 games, which also ranks in the lower third of MLB. As a team, they rank second for the most strikeouts with 94.
If the Mets are going to contend in the NL East, they'll need to get it going offensively. I don't think their pitching can sustain the weight of a 162-game season.
20. Atlanta Braves (Previously No. 17)
CF Michael Bourn
LF Martin Prado
3B Chipper Jones
C Brian McCann
2B Dan Uggla
1B Freddie Freeman
RF Jason Heyward
SS Tyler Pastornicky
Resting at 6-5 in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves offense has been average.
As a team, they're hitting .229 and have seen Jason Heyward lead the team in average (.361) while others struggle.
Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman have been atrocious so far, while Brian McCann and Chipper Jones are beginning to heat up.
They've scored 51 runs but have accumulated just 134 total bases, which ranks No. 24 in MLB.
19. Seattle Mariners (Previously No. 28)
LF Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro Suzuki
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jesus Montero
3B Kyle Seager
C Miguel Olivo
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
The 6-6 Seattle Mariners have a decent run total (48), but lack power in their lineup.
They've hit just eight home runs through 12 games, with only Justin Smoak accounting for more than one homer.
The Mariners are still waiting for Jesus Montero to hit his stride and for the speed at the top of the lineup to start paying dividends.
18. Tampa Bay Rays (Previously No. 9)
CF Desmond Jennings
1B Carlos Pena
3B Evan Longoria
LF Matt Joyce
RF Ben Zobrist
DH Luke Scott
2B Jeff Keppinger
SS Sean Rodriguez
C Jose Molina
The Tampa Bay Rays offense put up some gargantuan numbers against both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox so far this season.
But they still rest in the lower third of the league in terms of runs scored with 41 in 11 games.
The 5-6 Rays have seen Carlos Pena return with a torrid start, clubbing three homers and posting a .390 average and 11 RBI.
Evan Longoria has been solid as well, but Tampa has seen Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist all struggle to get going in 2012.
17. Houston Astros (Previously No. 30)
CF Jordan Schafer
SS Jed Lowrie
LF J.D. Martinez
1B Carlos Lee
RF Brian Bogusevic
3B Chris Johnson
C Jason Castro
2B Jose Altuve
The Houston Astros offense is playing a lot better than I could ever imagine.
J.D. Martinez has led the charge for the 4-7 Astros, batting .317 and leading the team with three home runs and 10 RBI.
As a club, Houston ranks in the middle of the pack with a .248 batting average and is averaging exactly four runs per game through 11.
If Carlos Lee gets the power numbers going (.244, 1 HR), it should open up more opportunities for Martinez and the rest of the Houston lineup to succeed.
16. Washington Nationals (Previously No. 21)
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
CF Rick Ankiel
LF Mark DeRosa/Michael Morse
C Wilson Ramos
Sporting an NL East-leading 9-3 record, the Washington Nationals have been impressive offensively.
Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond are all hitting above .300 and have combined for 22 of the team's 42 RBI.
They boast a team batting average of .253 and have produced 46 runs in 12 games. They lack in the home run department with just six dingers and find themselves in MLB's top five in terms of strikeouts.
Once Ryan Zimmerman comes to life, the Nationals will really be dangerous in the NL East.
15. Kansas City Royals (Previously No. 11)
LF Alex Gordon
2B Chris Getz
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
RF Jeff Francoeur
3B Mike Moustakas
CF Mitch Maier/Lorenzo Cain
C Humberto Quintero
SS Alcides Escobar
Thus far, 22-year-old Eric Hosmer has yet to live up to the hype surrounding him heading into the 2012 season with the Kansas City Royals.
Although they're 3-8, the Royals have fared well offensively, posting a .255 average and scoring 42 runs in 11 games.
Billy Butler has been huge for Kansas City, leading the team in BA, HR, RBI, OBP and hits.
The Royals offense has amassed 156 total bases (No. 8) and will only get better once Hosmer hits his stride.
14. Milwaukee Brewers (Previously No. 15)
2B Rickie Weeks
CF Nyjer Morgan
LF Ryan Braun
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart
1B Mat Gamel
C Jonathan Lucroy
SS Cesar Izturis/Alex Gonzalez
It's safe to say that the Milwaukee Brewers miss Prince Fielder in the lineup.
So far, Aramis Ramirez (.103 AVG, 5 RBI) hasn't provided protection for Ryan Braun, but Braun has still managed to produce a .316 average.
Corey Hart has stepped up in the early going, hitting .313 with four home runs and eight RBI.
As a team, the 5-6 Brewers have produced 48 runs in 11 games while batting .233 and jacking 15 home runs.
13. San Francisco Giants (Previously No. 20)
CF Angel Pagan
LF Melky Cabrera
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Buster Posey
1B Aubrey Huff
RF Nate Schierholtz
SS Brandon Crawford
2B Ryan Theriot/Freddy Sanchez
The absence of Carlos Beltran in the San Francisco Giants lineup has yet to hinder them from producing offensively.
Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval are both hitting well over .300, adding to the Giants' .254 team batting average.
The 5-6 Giants have scored 49 runs in 11 games thus far. They've accumulated 155 total bases, which is good for 10th best in MLB.
Posey's low RBI total (three) should increase as the season unfolds, helping guys like Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan score more runs at the top of the lineup.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (Previously No. 8)
SS Willie Bloomquist/Stephen Drew
2B Aaron Hill
RF Justin Upton
C Miguel Montero
CF Chris Young
LF Jason Kubel
1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Ryan Roberts
Led by Chris Young, the 7-4 Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a hot start in the NL West.
Young leads the team in practically every offensive category, highlighted by his .410 average and 13 RBI.
Justin Upton has been extremely quiet so far, but Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill have aided in the run production department.
For their efforts, the Diamondbacks have scored 52 runs in 11 games while sporting a team batting average of .237.
11. Colorado Rockies (Previously No. 12)
2B Marco Scutaro
CF Dexter Fowler
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Todd Helton
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Ramon Hernandez
3B Chris Nelson
Even with Troy Tulowitzki playing well below his potential, the 5-6 Colorado Rockies offense has excelled in 2012.
Michael Cuddyer (.372) has helped lead a Rockies team that's hitting .258 collectively while producing 52 runs through 11 games.
A .325 on-base percentage and 160 total bases have Colorado playing well offensively. They will only get better when Tulo heats up.
10. Toronto Blue Jays (Previously No. 10)
SS Yunel Escobar
2B Kelly Johnson
RF Jose Bautista
1B Adam Lind
DH Edwin Encarnacion
3B Brett Lawrie
LF Eric Thames
CF Colby Rasmus
C J.P. Arencibia
Even though Jose Bautista is off to a slow start (.222 AVG, 2 HR, 5 RBI), the 6-5 Toronto Blue Jays have put up some impressive numbers offensively.
Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind have combined to hit for three home runs and 13 RBI.
Though they're only hitting .239 as a team, they've scored 56 runs, jacked 15 home runs and accumulated 160 total bases in 11 games.
Just think what this offense will do once Bautista catches fire.
9. Los Angeles Angels (Previously No. 4)
SS Erick Aybar
2B Howie Kendrick
1B Albert Pujols
DH Kendrys Morales
RF Torii Hunter
LF Vernon Wells
3B Alberto Callaspo
C Chris Iannetta
CF Peter Bourjos
The 4-7 Los Angeles Angels aren't quite the monster offense that most expected this season—yet.
Albert Pujols is homerless so far and is hitting just .267, while the Angels as a whole have hit just 10 home runs.
Los Angeles does sport a .269 batting average—fifth best in MLB—and has racked up 155 total bases in 11 games while scoring 51 runs.
Torii Hunter is the only Angel hitting better than .300, while Vernon Wells leads the team with three homers.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (Previously No. 19)
SS Dee Gordon
2B Mark Ellis
CF Matt Kemp
RF Andre Ethier
LF Juan Rivera
1B James Loney
3B Juan Uribe
C A.J. Ellis
Is anyone off to a better start than Matt Kemp?
Kemp's .465 average, six home runs and 16 RBI combined with Andre Ethier's .310 average, four home runs and 17 RBI give the 9-2 Los Angeles Dodgers a volatile offense.
Kemp and Ethier have helped the Dodgers total 147 bases and 54 runs in 11 games.
The offense behind the two has been limited, though, with Juan Rivera being the next-closest contributor at six RBI and a .286 average.
After that, there's not another L.A. starter hitting better than .237 with more than three RBI.
7. Baltimore Orioles (Previously No. 16)
LF Nolan Reimold
SS J.J. Hardy
RF Nick Markakis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
DH Wilson Betemit
3B Mark Reynolds
1B Chris Davis
2B Robert Andino
The 7-4 AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles have hit the second-most home runs through 11 games to start the 2012 season.
Adam Jones (four), Nolan Reimold (four), Matt Wieters (four) and J.J. Hardy (three) have all contributed to the 20 home runs that Baltimore has launched.
Furthermore, the Orioles rank third in the league in total bases with 186 while showing a team batting average of .260—with five starters all hitting above the .300 mark.
Baltimore's offense has become one of the most exciting to watch in all of baseball.
6. Detroit Tigers (Previously No. 3)
CF Austin Jackson
RF Brennan Boesch
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
LF Delmon Young
C Alex Avila
SS Jhonny Peralta
DH Andy Dirks
2B Ryan Raburn
The 8-3 Detroit Tigers have Austin Jackson, Prince Fielder and Jhonny Peralta all hitting over .300, while Miguel Cabrera leads in RBI with 10.
The Tigers have collected a total of 162 bases (No. 6) while scoring 54 runs and averaging .272 at the plate.
Their 13 homers and .331 OBP rank within the top 10 of MLB.
For a team that doesn't possess much speed, the Tigers will need to get it going in the power department.
5. Boston Red Sox (Previously No. 5)
SS Mike Aviles
2B Dustin Pedroia
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Kevin Youkilis
DH David Ortiz
CF Cody Ross
RF Ryan Sweeney
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
LF Darnell McDonald
For all their struggles early, including a 4-7 start, the Boston Red Sox offense hasn't been affected.
They rank in the top five of MLB in runs (56), total bases (166), batting average (.270) and slugging percentage (.439).
Ryan Sweeney, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez are all hitting above .300 and have combined for 22 RBI.
Cody Ross has proved to be a nice pickup for the Sox, while Mike Aviles has done a solid job filling the leadoff position for Jacoby Ellsbury.
4. New York Yankees (Previously No. 2)
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
RF Nick Swisher
DH Raul Ibanez
C Russell Martin
LF Brett Gardner
Slow starts by Mark Teixeira (what else is new?), Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez have been offset by the hot streak of Derek Jeter. Solid play from Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher has helped the Yankees to a 6-5 record.
New York has scored 57 runs (No. 4) in 11 games while clubbing 13 homers and 165 total bases (No. 5) while posting a .264 batting average (No. 6).
Other than the San Francisco Giants, no one has struck out fewer times than the Yankees, leading to an MLB second-best .351 OBP.
With names like Granderson, Cano, Teixeira and Rodriguez in the lineup, the Yankees are always a threat to finish as one of the top offenses.
3. Cleveland Indians (Previously No. 18)
CF Michael Brantley
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Shin-Soo Choo
C Carlos Santana
DH Travis Hafner
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Shelley Duncan
2B Jason Kipnis
3B Jack Hannahan
The 5-4 Cleveland Indians have the most shocking offense so far in 2012.
Shelley Duncan and Travis Hafner are both hitting better than .300, while six guys have at least two home runs for a team that has collectively bashed 16 homers.
Cleveland has scored 61 runs in just nine games, making it the best run-producing offense in the league.
The Indians accumulated 153 total bases in nine games, which is more than 11 teams have produced in 11 games in 2012.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (Previously No. 13)
SS Rafael Furcal
CF John Jay
LF Matt Holliday
RF Carlos Beltran
3B David Freese
1B Matt Carpenter
C Yadier Molina
2B Tyler Greene
The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right where they left off last season.
David Freese has proved to be an offensive weapon, leading the 8-3 Cardinals with a .371 batting average and 11 RBI.
Five St. Louis starters are hitting over .300, giving the Cardinals the best team average at .293.
The Cards rank second in total bases with 191, third in runs scored with 59 and first in on-base percentage at .360.
1. Texas Rangers (Previously No. 1)
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
LF David Murphy
C Mike Napoli
1B Mitch Moreland
The No. 1 offense in MLB belongs to the 9-2 AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
They lead MLB with 63 runs, 21 home runs, 200 total bases, .522 slugging percentage and .860 OPS.
Josh Hamilton is lighting it up for the Rangers, batting .413 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
Six Texas players have hit at least two homers, with Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli combining for 12 long balls in 11 games.
Michael Young is also playing exceptionally well. What happens when Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz hit their strides?
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