Power Ranking All 10 MLB Playoff Teams' Offenses

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

Power Ranking All 10 MLB Playoff Teams' Offenses

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    They say that pitching wins championships, but what good is pitching if a team's offense can't provide any run support?

    For each of the 10 teams that have made the playoffs, that's not an issue. While each lineup has its strengths and weaknesses, they are all capable of putting runs on the board in a hurry.

    But some are more potent than others; it's just how things work. 

    Let's take a look at which playoff team is the most dangerous when taking its turn at bat, along with who's hot, who's not and what we think the startling lineups might look like.

10. Oakland A's

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    Team Stats: .238/.310/.404, 195 HR, 676 RBI, 713 R

    While the Oakland A's don't get on base often, the lineup is quite opportunistic in its production, as evidenced by the team's .796 OPS with runners in scoring position—second to only the Detroit Tigers.

    Only two players, Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss, finished the season with a batting average better than .270. While eight A's reached double digits in home runs, only two, Cespedes and Josh Reddick, drove in more than 55 runs.


    Probable Lineup

    CF Coco Crisp

    SS Stephen Drew

    LF Yoenis Cespedes

    1B Brandon Moss

    RF Josh Reddick

    3B Josh Donaldson

    DH Seth Smith

    C Derek Norris

    2B Cliff Pennington


    Who's Hot

    Coco Crisp: 6 G, .400/.444/.680, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB, 9 R

    Brandon Moss: 7 G, .391/.407/.783, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R

    Yoenis Cespedes: 7 G, .360/.467/.720, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R


    Who's Not

    Josh Donaldson: 7 G, .222/.250/.333, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R

    Josh Reddick: 7 G, .222/.250/.593, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R

    Stephen Drew: 7 G, .154/.313/.269, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R

    Cliff Pennington: 7 G, .154/.313/.154, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

9. Baltimore Orioles

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    Team Stats: .247/.311/.417, 214 HR, 677 RBI, 712 R

    The Baltimore Orioles' 712 runs scored on the season may rank eighth out of the 10 playoff teams in baseball, but their success is tied more closely to when they scored those runs, with 208 of them coming in the seventh inning or later.

    That helps to explain how no team in baseball had a better record in one-run games, in which the Orioles went a ridiculous 29-9. With the game tied after nine innings, the team was an even more ridiculous 16-2.

    Baltimore's offensive attack, fully capable of utilizing the long ball to its advantage, is predicated on timely hitting more than anything else.


    Probable Lineup

    LF Nate McLouth

    SS J.J. Hardy

    RF Chris Davis

    CF Adam Jones

    C Matt Wieters

    DH Jim Thome

    1B Mark Reynolds

    3B Manny Machado

    2B Robert Andino


    Who's Hot

    Chris Davis: 7 G, .333/.391/1.048, 5 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R


    Who's Not

    Mark Reynolds: 6 G, .100/.182/.150, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

    Adam Jones: 6 G, .143/.174/.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

    Nate McLouth: 6 G, .217/.280/.391, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Matt Wieters: 6 G, .167/.211/.333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

8. San Francisco Giants

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    Team Stats: .269/.327/.397, 103 HR, 675 RBI, 718 R

    After Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, the San Francisco Giants lineup is pretty much devoid of power, but like the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants have the ability to play small ball, manufacturing runs by any means necessary.


    Probable Lineup

    CF Angel Pagan

    2B Marco Scutaro

    3B Pablo Sandoval

    C Buster Posey

    RF Hunter Pence

    1B Brandon Belt

    LF Gregor Blanco

    SS Brandon Crawford 


    Who's Hot

    Buster Posey: 6 G, .450/.500/.800, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R

    Marco Scutaro: 6 G, .350/.381/.550, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R

    Hunter Pence: 7 G, .192/.222/.538, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R


    Who's Not

    Angel Pagan: 6 G, .227/.261/.364, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

    Pablo Sandoval: 7 G, .190/.320/.286, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

7. Atlanta Braves

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    Team Stats: .247/.320/.389, 149 HR, 660 RBI, 700 R

    The Atlanta Braves lineup has a little bit of everything.

    You've got speed with Michael Bourn; power with Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Dan Uggla; and quality all-around hitters like Martin Prado.

    Atlanta will need that well-balanced attack to be firing on all cylinders as it prepares to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Wild Card Game.


    Probable Lineup

    CF Michael Bourn

    LF Martin Prado

    RF Jason Heyward

    3B Chipper Jones

    1B Freddie Freeman

    C Brian McCann

    2B Dan Uggla

    SS Andrelton Simmons


    Who's Hot

    Brian McCann: 3 G, .375/.444/.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R

    Andrelton Simmons: 7 G, .348/.375/.478, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R


    Who's Not

    Jason Heyward: 6 G, .227/.261/.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

    Martin Prado: 6 G, .167/.273/.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

    Freddie Freeman: 7 G, .130/.200/.304, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

    Chipper Jones: 6 G, .118/.286/.118, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 R

6. Washington Nationals

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    Team Stats: .261/.322/.428, 194 HR, 688 RBI, 731 R

    Only the St. Louis Cardinals scored more runs than the Washington Nationals in 2012 when it comes to National League playoff teams.

    The Nationals offense had no player who appeared in more than 100 games finish the year with a batting average over .300, only had one player reach the 100-RBI mark (Adam LaRoche) and had only one more, Ryan Zimmerman, finish driving in more than 75 runs.

    But the Nationals have the ability to put runs on the board in a hurry, with six of their eight starters having at least 10 home runs and 50 RBI on the season.


    Probable Lineup

    RF Jayson Werth

    CF Bryce Harper

    3B Ryan Zimmerman

    1B Adam LaRoche

    LF Michael Morse

    SS Ian Desmond

    2B Danny Espinosa

    C Kurt Suzuki


    Who's Hot

    Bryce Harper: 7 G, .476/.542/.905, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R

    Adam LaRoche: 7 G, .364/.440/.636, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R

    Michael Morse: 7 G, .348/.348/.957, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R


    Who's Not

    Kurt Suzuki: 6 G, .235/.316/.294, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R

    Ryan Zimmerman: 6 G, .208/.240/.458, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

    Ian Desmond: 7 G, .208/.240/.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Danny Espinosa: 7 G, .125/.192/.250, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

5. Cincinnati Reds

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    Team Stats: .251/.315/.411, 172 HR, 636 RBI, 669 R

    While the Cincinnati Reds check in as the only playoff team to not score at least 700 runs during the regular season, they still boast one of the more explosive lineups in the postseason.

    Their trio of All-Stars—Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce—along with Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick are capable of changing the game with one swing of the bat.

    Despite a down season statistically due to missing nearly two months of the season to injury, Votto remains an on-base machine and a powerful force in the middle of the Reds lineup.


    Probable Lineup

    2B Brandon Phillips

    SS Zack Cozart

    1B Joey Votto

    LF Ryan Ludwick

    RF Jay Bruce

    3B Scott Rolen

    C Ryan Hanigan

    CF Drew Stubbs


    Who's Hot

    Scott Rolen: 5 G, .353/.353/.588, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R


    Who's Not

    Brandon Phillips: 6 G, .227/.227/.227, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

    Jay Bruce: 7 G, .167/.200/.167, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Drew Stubbs: 7 G, .130/.130/.130, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

    Todd Frazier: 6 G, .077/.133/.308, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

4. Detroit Tigers

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    Team Stats: .268/.335/.422, 163 HR, 698 RBI, 726 R

    Whenever a team's offense features a Triple Crown winner and perennial MVP candidate, it has a chance to do something special.

    The combination of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the heart of the Detroit Tigers lineup makes for one of the more potent duos in the game today.

    Austin Jackson is a dynamic leadoff hitter, but the bottom half of the lineup—while talented—has underperformed in 2012.


    Probable Lineup

    CF Austin Jackson

    LF Quintin Berry

    3B Miguel Cabrera

    1B Prince Fielder

    DH Delmon Young

    C Alex Avila

    SS Jhonny Peralta

    RF Andy Dirks

    2B Omar Infante


    Who's Hot

    Prince Fielder: 7 G, .417/.462/.750, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

    Miguel Cabrera: 7 G, .400/.423/.640, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

    Andy Dirks: 6 G, .364/.364/.545, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R


    Who's Not

    Omar Infante: 7 G, .217/.250/.391, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

    Austin Jackson: 6 G, .208/.240/.250, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 4 R

    Jhonny Peralta: 6 G, .182/.217/.364, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

    Quintin Berry: 5 G, .167/.250/.278, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 3 R

    Alex Avila: 5 G, .125/.222/.125, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R

    Delmon Young: 7 G, .120/.148/.160, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R

3. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Team Stats: .271/.338/.421, 159 HR, 732 RBI, 765 R

    The St. Louis Cardinals boast one of the deepest lineups of any playoff team, full of established stars like Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, while others, like Jon Jay and Allen Craig, are nearly as productive though they're unnoticed by the casual fan.

    They can beat you with the long ball just as easily as they can play small ball, advancing runners and manufacturing runs.


    Probable Lineup

    CF Jon Jay

    RF Carlos Beltran

    LF Matt Holliday

    1B Allen Craig

    C Yadier Molina

    3B David Freese

    2B David Descalso

    SS Pete Kozma


    Who's Hot

    Pete Kozma: 6 G, .500/.524/.611, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R

    Jon Jay: 5 G, .381/.391/.524, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R

    Carlos Beltran: 5 G, .375/.524/.750, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R

    Matt Holliday: 5 G, .353/.455/.353, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R


    Who's Not

    Yadier Molina: 5 G, .167/.273/.333, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R

    David Freese: 7 G, .182/.357/.273, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R

2. New York Yankees

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    Team Stats: .265/.337/.453, 245 HR, 774 RBI, 804 R

    Only the Texas Rangers scored more runs than the New York Yankees, who set a new franchise record with 245 home runs on the season.

    It's been both a blessing and a curse.

    The Yankees have become a team that relies heavily on the long ball. While the lineup is full of phenomenal hitters like Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano, the rest of the team is very much all or nothing.

    One of 10 Yankees to hit double-digit home runs, Curtis Granderson, has become the biggest culprit, blasting a team-best 43 home runs but finishing the season with only 18 doubles. 

    Penchant for home runs aside, the Yankees remain one of the premier offenses in all of baseball.


    Probable Lineup

    SS Derek Jeter

    LF Ichiro Suzuki

    3B Alex Rodriguez

    2B Robinson Cano

    1B Mark Teixeira

    RF Nick Swisher

    CF Curtis Granderson

    DH Raul Ibanez

    C Russell Martin


    Who's Hot

    Robinson Cano: 7 G, .613/.618/1.065, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 R

    Nick Swisher: 7 G, .480/.606/.600, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 8 BB, 4 R

    Raul Ibanez: 6 G, .316/.350/.474, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R


    Who's Not

    Derek Jeter: 7 G, .250/.294/.313, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R

    Mark Teixeira: 3 G, .083/.200/.333, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

1. Texas Rangers

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    Team Stats: .273/.334/.446, 200 HR, 780 RBI, 808 R

    No team in baseball scored more runs this season than the Texas Rangers, who had three players drive in at least 90 runs each: Josh Hamilton (128), Adrian Beltre (102) and Nelson Cruz (90).

    The American League's representative in the World Series in each of the past two years, the Rangers' ability to put up runs in a hurry makes them one of the most dangerous lineups in the playoffs.


    Probable Lineup

    2B Ian Kinsler

    SS Elvis Andrus

    CF Josh Hamilton

    3B Adrian Beltre

    RF Nelson Cruz

    DH Michael Young

    LF David Murphy

    C Mike Napoli

    1B Mitch Moreland


    Who's Hot

    Adrian Beltre: 7 G, .462/.517/.321, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R

    Nelson Cruz: 7 G, .346/.345/.731, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R

    Mike Napoli: 7 G, .273/.333/.864, 4 HR, 10 RBI


    Who's Not

    Ian Kinsler: 7 G, .138/.194/.276, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 R

    David Murphy: 6 G, .222/.300/.389, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R