MLB Preseason Power Rankings
The way too early MLB power rankings of 2010. Look for the Sox to win it all this year. Look for the Nationals to make a huge jump from their absolutely terrible prior years. There will be some big changes this year.
If the Mets can stay healthy, they will dominate. There's a lot to discuss. The Yankee fans of the world can move over, and let others fill in, despite their new (overrated) acquisitions. This should be a fun year in baseball.
1. Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have the best rotation in baseball, to go along with a very good lineup and a good possibility to get Gonzalez.
I put them ahead of the Yankees, simply because they don't have a rotation near the caliber of the Sox.
2. New York Yankees
Even haters have to face it: the Yankees have a good ball club. Overrated? Yes, in my opinion. Still very good, though.
The Granderson signing is far overrated, as in reality, his numbers weren't far from Mike Cameron's last year, who is now the CF for the Sox.
3. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies acquired Roy Halladay in a three-team deal, albeit they got rid of Cliff Lee. They're still by far the best team in the NL. A very talented team.
4. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals just re-signed Matt Holliday, and are set for business now. Give me Pujols, Holliday, Carpenter, and Wainright, and you'll get a win any day.
5. New York Mets
Let's not forget: before all the injuries, the Mets were picked to be one of the top teams in baseball. Now, with the signing of Jason Bay, they have a ridiculous lineup.
They also have Johan Santana. Hopefully the rest of the rotation won't be quite bad enough so that this great lineup can't give them wins.
6. Tampa Bay Rays
This is one talented Rays team. It's really a shame they probably won't make the playoffs, being in one of the best divisions in baseball. Their lineup is full of top young talent, and their pitching isn't so bad either.
In fact, in my opinion, it competes with the Yankees for one of the better rotations in baseball, behind the Sox.
7. Chicago White Sox
Don't forget about this guy. Jake Peavy. When healthy, this is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, and it will be no different this year.
The White Sox have another great rotation, and despite losing Dye, they made a lot of smaller moves and got a lot better.
Look for them to compete with the Tigers for prominence in what should be a fun AL Central race.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers
People came down too harshly on the Dodgers for making no moves this offseason. It's not like they had to make too many.
Their OF is still the best in baseball, they still have Chad Billingsley, and they should compete for the NL crown again this year.
9. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs lost Rich Harden. No big deal, he's an injury machine and a waste of money. They still have a great, underrated rotation with Big-Z, Dempster, and the extremely underrated Ted Lilly, shown in the picture.
Look for them to compete with the Cardinals for the NL Central championship.
#10. Los Angeles Angels
Don't forget about Scott Kazmir. They lost a lot of talent, but don't forget they kept a lot.
Ervin Santana is healthy, and don't forget that they got Kazmir in a deal with the Rays, one that it seems people have really just forgotten about quickly.
11. Minnesota Twins
Solid rotation, and the M & M brothers should be able to carry this team to high levels.
12. Detroit Tigers
The Tigers may have gotten rid of Granderson, but this is still a very good team. Granderson was overrated anyways. They also got Scherzer, a solid pitcher, who should replace Jackson nicely.
Look for Austin Jackson to make a potential impact this year. Oh yeah and they have that guy Miguel Cabrera. I heard he's all right.
13. Texas Rangers
The Rangers added Rich Harden to their staff, also picking up free agent slugger Vladdy Guerrero, who should jump start their offense.
I really think this team can surprise a lot of people and jump out in front and dominate at points in this year.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks rotation is guaranteed flat out nasty with Haren, Webb, and Edwin Jackson leading the way.
If the offense produces, this team can go far, in a wide open division.
15. Milwaukee Brewers
Yovani Gallardo has ace potential, and Randy Wolf is a solid pitcher too. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are great, and they could win some games.
The thing is, it's boom or bust for the Brewers. They could be great, or they could miss the playoffs by a bit. It all depends on their pitching after Gallardo and their offense outside of the big two.
16. Cincinnati Reds
With the signing of Cuban sensation Aroldis Chapman, the Reds solidify an already solid rotation of Harang, Cueto, Volquez, and Arroyo.
If Votto, Bruce, Phillips, Rolen and possibly Alonso can carry this offense, the Reds are set. That's a big IF, though.
#17. San Francisco Giants
The Giants are in a very similar situation as the Mariners. Great rotation; and I mean great. Anytime you pair Cain, Lincecum and Zito you have a solid rotation. I just don't see their offense doing anything with the loss of Molina.
#18. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners acquired ace Cliff Lee, and he should make an obvious impact on this team, pairing with King Felix to have one of the better rotations in baseball. They don't have much of an offense though, so I don't know if you can expect much.
#19. Colorado Rockies
There's just something about the Rockies that keeps them in it every year. They're not that talented, but they do get their ace Jeff Francis back.
#20. Atlanta Braves
The Braves have Chipper, but they also lost their ace in a trade to the Yankees. Don't look for them to contend too soon.
#21. Florida Marlins
The Marlins have a lot of young talent, but that's just the thing. They're way too young too compete. Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson will earn them style points and a few wins, though.
#22. Houston Astros
The Astros just aren't that good. Outside of their big three hitters (Berkman, El Caballo, Pence) their offense is awful. Yes, they signed Myers, but that doesn't change too much. Oswalt is going to win a few games, but not near enough to compete in a tough division.
#23. Kansas City Royals
The Royals' pitching is certainly not bad. Greinke is a Cy Young winner, Meche is solid, Soria is a shut down closer, and Hochevar has amazing potential. This said, their offense sucks. The Royals won't be going anywhere this season.
#24. Washington Nationals
Call me crazy, but the Nationals could, and note the word COULD, finish 3rd in the NL East this year. Don't forget that the Marlins and Braves lost a lot, while the Nationals made a lot of quite moves. With a possible rotation of Marquis, Zimmermann, Strasburg, Olsen, and Lannan, the Nationals pitching isn't nearly as bad as it usually is. They have Capps closing too. Also note that Marquis is a pure winner. He always gets to the playoffs. Don't forget about Ryan Zimmerman or Adam Dunn either. The Nationals, for the first time ever, have very good talent, and I can see them finishing 3rd, maybe even 2nd if they can get a miracle in the form of injuries.
#25. Toronto Blue Jays
Don't forget about Aaron Hill, one of the three big breakout players last year for the Jays (Marco Scutaro and Adam Lind were the others). Despite the huge loss of Halladay, the Jays have a lot of young talent. That said, they're going nowhere this season.
#26. Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles signed Millwood and Atkins this year, improving substantially to their team. They do have Markakis and Jones. Their pitching still sucks though, and they will not be going anywhere this season.
#27. Cleveland Indians
The Indians also have some talent, but not nearly enough to make a run. Sizemore and Choo may save this organization from complete humiliation, though.
#28. San Diego Padres
The Padres are a dismal organization. They have a terrible team at the top level, and all throughout the minors. Chances are good they will deal their two bright spots in Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell, which would put them below the Pirates. This team is just bad.
#29. Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen is the only bright spot for these guys.
#30. Oakland Athletics
The fact that Jack Cust is in the image really speaks for itself.