Preseason Major League Baseball Power Rankings
Free agents have been signed, Teams are finishing moving into thier new stadiums and the world is ready for a new season of Major League Baseball. During the offseason many moves were made as parody continues to spread through the MLB.
The offseason saw the Yankees aquisitions of Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, the Rays signed Pat Burell, and many other additions. This slide show ranks the 30 mlb teams in order of worst to best.
30: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates made no real improvements coming into the 2009 season. They have only returning starters on the team who batted over .300 last season and only two with over 20 home-runs. Along with this lineup the pirates have a weak bottom of the pitching staff and a weak bullpen.
29: Seattle Mariners
The Mariners made many additions to the team over the off-season, but unfortunetly none of these additions will dig the team out of the whole they were in.
Ken Griffey Jr. is not the same as he was during his first stint with the Mariners as many fans think he will be, and their pitching staff is very weak. One question, how many games will Griffey miss this season?
28: San Diego Padres
Despite their having Jake Peavy as their ace the team is still very weak. They made some good acquisitions to their bullpen they did not recover for the loss of closer Trevor Hoffman. They only have one player with a batting average over .300 last season and did not improve their offense over the offseason.
27: Washington Nationals
Adam Dunn adds some power to the order, but he also adds a lot more strike outs, while supposed franchise player Ryan Zimmerman has still yet to prove himself in the major leagues. Their pitching staff is very weak and unproven with the two rookies to close out the staff.
26: Kansas City Royals
their have been some improvements made in Kansas City, but sorry fans Matt Cassel will not help the Royals. The Royals did make some improvements in the offseason bringing in Coco Crisp, Kyle Farnsworth and Mike Jacobs. Unfortunately these improvements do not make the royals a top 25 team in the MLB.
25: Houston Astros
The Astros are made up of ageing former stars and young unexperienced future stars. The team has a good middle of the batting order, but the rest of the order is not so great. The pitching staff is very weak, and the only high-point of the staff is ace Roy Oswalt
24: Colorado Rockies
Losing Matt Holiday hurts the middle of their batting order leaving their main power threats to be Garret Atkins as their main power threats. The Rockies have an okay bullpen, but their starters are very weak.
23: Texas Rangers
The entire pitching staff is weak, but the batting order can make up for the weak staff. The top three in the order will stack up hits and runs to back up the poor staff.
The pitching staff is what holds them back from being a top 20 team in the MLB.
22: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jay's have fallen to the bottom team in the AL East. They still have Roy Halladay who has the potential to win 20 games even with the little help he will get offensively. The team lost a lot of players and brought in nobody. They also lost have their strikeouts from last year in the opening day game with Burnett gone, and Mcgowan and Marcum hurt.
21: Detroit Tigers
No more Gary Sheffield might actually help the Tigers. The top of the pitching staff is questionable and so far in the MLB Verlander has been inconsistent. The pitching staff is the weak spot. The Tigers have a very strong offense but it will not overcome one of the wost pitching staffs in the MLB.
20: Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are much improved from last year, and once their full set of prospects is brought to the MLB could make them elite. Unfortunately the pitching staff is very weak, they have a rookie as the second starter and Jeremy Guthrie as their ace.
19: Florida Marlins
The Marlins are a very young team that has a great future in store for them as long as they can keep the players together. Ricky Nolasco is a shining spot in the pitching staff, and players like Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla lead the batting order.
The Marlins have set themselves up for the future, but this season will not be the one for the Marlins.
18: San Francisco Giants
The Giants have one of the elite pitching staffs in the league, but they also have one of the worst lineups in the league.
17: Cincinnati Reds
For the first time the Reds have a very good pitching staff with Edison Volquez at the top and Micah Owings at the bottom. It is set up to be one of the better young staffs in the league.
They also have a young lineup that at times will show signs of greatness. The Reds also might have a center fielder who wont get hurt this year in Willie Taberas.
16: Chicago White Sox
Over the past few years, the White Sox have been falling and falling quickly. They are a very old team and if they want to win this might be the year they have to do it, but it probably won't happen.
They have an alright pitching staff and an alright batting order that can hit a lot of home runs. One upside to their lineup is Alexei Ramirez.
15: St. Louis Cardinals
Along with the White Sox, the Cardinals are fading too, but with a little more upside to the team. The pitching staff is old and injury prone. the patting order is powerful, but only Pujols can hit for average.
14: Oakland Athletics
Oakland has improved this season. They finally have added power bats, which they have lacked since the Giambi's first stint with the A's. The Additions of Cabrera, Holliday, and Giambi will make this order.
Also adding Garciapara to the bench adds depth to the team. The pitching staff on the other had is weak, multiple rookies will probably start the season on the staff and the team is unlikely to be an elite force, but they can hold their own.
13: Cleveland Indians
The Indians were supposed to be strong last season also but were not. They do have the Al Cy Young winner returning to the team in Cliff Lee along with a good No. 2 starter in Fausto Carmona.
Carl Pavano is a question mark in the lineup, will he be able to stay healthy? The batting order is pretty strong but does get weak toward the bottom.
12: Atlanta Braves
The Braves are a good NL team, but they are also in the toughest division the NL East. They strengthened their staff adding Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami. The batting order is good and between the order and staff the team should have a pretty good season.
11: Milwaukee Brewers
Plagued with the loss of C.C. they are no longer the best team in the NL Central. They are still a good team. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun will be called upon to lead the team and they have the opportunity to make it into the playoffs.
10: Arizona Diamondbacks
The D'backs still have that elite starting rotation and the addition of Garland makes it even better. They still lack a good closer though.
They have a great lineup that can bat for both power and average and a few players that can steal a base or two.The Diamondbacks have a chance for a wild-card slot and any slip up by the Dodgers they could win the division.
9: Minnesota Twins
The addition of Joe Crede and the return of Fransisco Liriano keep this team a good team. Mauer and Morneau will lead this team with both their batting and fielding, but this team will not rack up the home runs on you.
8: Philidelphia Phillies
The returning World Series Champions return most of thier lineup from last season and replaced the one player they did loose. Thier lineup is very strong from top to bottem, but thier staff has some wholes especially with injuries to Hamels.
If Hamels is not ready for the the season this team can drop in these rankings very quickly.
7: Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem
The Angels addition of Bobby Abreu helps this lineup, but the middle of the order continues to age. The loss of K-Rod hurts the bullpen and leave Brain Fuentes to fill the hole at closer. The pitching staff is very strong as long as it stays healthy.
6: Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays should continue to be a good team this season. They kept together their entire young pitching staff and lineup. The team does have an outside shot at winning the AL East again.
The team is still young and could be inconsistent though.
5: New York Mets
The New York Mets are a very strong team with key improvements made during the off season. The additions of K-Rod and J.J. Putz fills the major hole they had last season. The lineup remains one of the strongest in the league.
If the Mets can finish their season they have a good chance to go deep into the playoffs.
4: Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny, Manny, Manny leads the team into the season. The team has a great lineup that can rack up the runs. This lineup is the strongest from top to bottom in the MLB.
The pitching staff is not the strongest and the lineup will have to make up for that. The staff will keep them from greatness this season.
3: Chicago Cubs
The Cubs have both one of the Lineups and Pitching rotations in the MLB. The addition of Milton Bradley is a great one and helps the order a lot. Over the offseason they beefed up their bench and bullpen, and they have set themselves up for a great season.
2: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox managed to improve an already very good team over the offseason. The pitching staff can only get better with the addition of Brad Penny and the bullpen added Takashi Saito.
Rocco Balldelli gives the team depth in the outfield. This team is an all around great team.
1: New York Yankees
The addition of C.C. Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett. What else can I say?