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Major League Baseball 2011: Offensive Power Rankings

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2011

Major League Baseball 2011: Offensive Power Rankings

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    As we near Spring Training, it's about time to start making predictions and forming projections for each team. While there are still many free agents on the market, a sufficient amount have been signed in order to rank each team's offense. 

    In ranking the league's best offenses, there are many aspects being taken into consideration.

    The ability to get on base is essential. You can only have so many Mark Reynolds or Adam Dunn's on your team before you start to lose efficiency.

    However, the second major component is the ability to drive in runs. Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Juan Pierre are all great, but without some pop in the lineup, they are meaningless to an extent.

    Finally, depth is a major contributor to the success an offense can achieve. If (when) Carlos Beltran gets hurt, who do the Mets have to back him up? He may play the majority of the games, but the other 30 odd games count just as much. 

    With that, I'll reveal my power rankings for the all 30 Major League Baseball teams. While the batting order may be incorrect, the players on each lineup are not. I bet you can guess number 30...

30. Seattle Mariners

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    1. Ichiro Suzuki

    2. Chone Figgins

    3. Justin Smoak

    4. Jack Cust

    5. Miguel Olivo

    6. Franklin Gutierrez

    7. Josh Wilson 

    8. Michael Saunders

    9. Brendan Ryan

     

    Surprise, surprise. The historically bad team earned this rank with ease. Their total of 513 runs, which averages out to 3.16 runs per game, was woeful. They ranked 30th in every major hitting category: runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

    To make matters worse, they didn't do a whole lot to improve their offense this winter either. Their home run leader, Russell Branyan (only 15 home runs), is no longer with the team, making either Jack Cust, Miguel Olivo, or Franklin Gutierrez their potential leading home run hitter. In comparison, the Yankees had six players hit more home runs than any of the three from Seattle. 

29. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    1. Andrew McCutchen

    2. Jose Tabata

    3. Neil Walker

    4. Pedro Alvarez

    5. Garret Jones

    6. Lyle Overbay

    7. Ronny Cedeno

    8. Chris Snyder

    9. (Pitcher)

    The Pirates ranked 29th in the majors in runs last season, 28th in on-base percentage, and 27th in slugging percentage. It's difficult to find optimism looking forward for the Pirates. There's McCutchen, who may develop into and elite outfielder, and that's about it. 

    Here's an attempt to be optimistic about the Pirates in 2011: On the bright side, the signed Lyle Overbay? It just doesn't work. 

28. Houston Astros

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    1. Michael Bourn

    2. Bill Hall

    3. Hunter Pence

    4. Carlos Lee

    5. Chris Johnson

    6. Jason Michaels

    7. Jason Castro

    8. Clint Barmes

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    I strongly considered bumping the Astros up a few spots due to the potential they have in Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace and the signings of Bill Hall and Clint Barmes. However, the teams they finished near in runs scored last season (Baltimore, Washington) all made significant improvements that were more beneficial than Bill Hall or Clint Barmes.

    This offense will be slightly better than they were in 2010, however that's by no means a compliment. 

27. Oakland Athletics

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    1. Coco Crisp

    2. David DeJesus

    3. Daric Barton

    4. Hideki Matsui

    5. Josh Willingham

    6. Kevin Kouzmanoff

    7. Kurt Suzuki

    8. Mark Ellis

    9. Cliff Pennington

     

    I had difficulty choosing which player to use for a picture on this slide because the Athletics really don't have any very good hitters. They have a series of decent power hitters in Kouzmanoff, Matsui, and Willingham and a couple of players who can steal bases, but they really don't have any threats.

    Rajai Davis, arguably their best offensive player, is now stealing bases and scoring runs for the Blue Jays, which is one of the main reasons I expect the A's to fall to 27. 

26. San Diego Padres

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    1. Will Venable

    2. Jason Bartlett

    3. Orlando Hudson

    4. Ryan Ludwick

    5. Brad Hawpe

    6. Chase Headley

    7. Cameron Maybin

    8. Nick Hundley

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    Signing Bartlett and Hudson will certainly help the Padres in 2011 and Maybin may end up developing into a solid center fielder. However, there's just no way to avoid the fact that the Padres lost one of the best hitters in the league in Adrian Gonzalez.

    They struggled even with Gonzalez, so why would anyone expect them to improve this season? Ludwick and Hawpe don't exactly strike fear into the eyes of opposing pitchers. 

25. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    1. Rafael Furcal

    2. Andre Ethier 

    3. Matt Kemp

    4. James Loney

    5. Juan Uribe

    6. Casey Blake 

    7. Rod Barajas

    8. Jay Gibbons

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    This is the first tier mark in the rankings; the Dodgers are significantly better than the Padres and all the teams behind them. The Dodgers are expecting Kemp to rebound and if Furcal can continue his 2010 production, the Dodgers could have a strong first three hitters.

    However, Loney is not exactly the ideal cleanup hitter. And their five through eight hitters are weak as well though Barajas is a threat for home runs. The Dodgers will certainly struggle this season, especially in a division with pitching as good as San Francisco and San Diego. 

24. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    1. Chris Young

    2. Kelly Johnson

    3. Stephen Drew

    4. Justin Upton

    5. Melvin Mora

    6. Xavier Nady

    7.Juan Miranda

    8. Miguel Montero

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    This would be a significant falloff from their 16th ranked offense in 2010, however Arizona had a rough off season. The loss of Mark Reynolds will certainly have an effect on their ability to drive runs in.

    Even if Kelly Johnson is able to continue his 2010 production, which is unlikely, the Diamonbacks will still lag behind in 2011. The five through seven hitters on this lineup are nowhere near the league's average. 

    Expect the Diamondbacks to struggle across the board offensively, especially with their limited bench and injury-prone players.

23. Cleveland Indians

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    1. Michael Brantley

    2. Asdrubal Cabrera

    3. Grady Sizemore

    4. Shin-Soo Choo

    5. Carlos Santana

    6. Matt LaPorta

    7. Travis Hafner

    8. Jason Donald 

    9. Jayson Nix

     

    The Indians are loaded with potential heading into the 2011 season.

    Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, and Matt LaPorta all have potential to be All-Star caliber players in their careers and possibly even in 2011. Grady Sizemore has extreme potential, Choo is one of the most consistent hitters in the league, and Hafner is a solid designated hitter.

    However, with a lineup so full of risks, a strong bench is key but Austin Kearns and Shelly Duncan are not great replacements. 

22. New York Mets

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    1. Jose Reyes

    2. Jason Bay

    3. Angel Pagan

    4. David Wright

    5. Ike Davis

    6. Carlos Beltran

    7. Luis Castillo

    8. Josh Thole

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    There's a lot to like about the 2011 New York Mets lineup. Their first four hitters are all threats; Reyes is able to reach second in the blink of an eye, if Bay can rebound he will be valuable, Pagan had a breakout season in 2010, and David Wright is one of the elite third basemen in all of the MLB.

    Despite their talent, the Mets finished only 24th in runs scored in 2010. There was not a particular area where the Mets lacked, as they ranked below 20th in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage.

    One bright spot for the Mets is that in 2008, with Wright and Reyes, the Mets were able to finish eighth in runs scored. So these guys do have potential, though I don't expect them to execute it. 

21. Washington Nationals

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    1. Nyjer Morgan

    2. Ian Desmond

    3. Ryan Zimmerman

    4. Jayson Werth 

    5. Adam LaRoche

    6. Roger Bernadina

    7. Ivan Rodriguez 

    8. Danny Espinosa

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    It's hard not to be excited about a team that just signed Jayson Werth, has Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg ready to burst, and Ryan Zimmerman at the hot corner.

    However, we have to remember that this team lost Adam Dunn (.260 with 38 home runs) last year, and replacement Adam LaRoche (.261 with 25 home runs) is not the same category as Dunn. As of right now, the Nationals do not have a player on their roster who hit 30+ home runs in 2010. And while Nyjer Morgan is threat on the base paths, his .319 OBP in 2010 didn't always allow him to be in that situation.

    This team has a playoff spot waiting for them down the road, but patience is needed. 

20. Kansas City Royals

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    1. Mike Aviles

    2. Wilson Betemit

    3. Alex Gordon

    4. Billy Butler

    5. Kila Ka'aihue

    6. Jeff Francoeur

    7. Jason Kendall

    8. Melky Cabrera

    9. Alcides Escobar

     

    A lot of people are down on the Royals this year; and in fairness, their lineup looks pretty weak. However, I can see the Royals surprising everyone this season. They ranked second in batting average last season. So their problem wasn't getting on base, it was scoring. And Kila Ka'iahue, who will be the starting first baseman for the first time in his career, has power. In just 323 at-bats in the minors last season, Ka'aihue hit 24 home runs.

    There is potential on this team; Alex Gordon was a top prospect coming into the league a few years ago, Escobar can be a solid leadoff hitter, and Butler still has room to improve.

    Watch out for the Royals in 2011. They may not be great, but they certainly have potential to be good.

19. Baltimore Orioles

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    1. Brian Roberts

    2. Nick Markakis

    3. Luke Scott

    4. Derrek Lee

    5. Mark Reynolds

    6. Adam Jones 

    7. Matt Wieters

    8. Felix Pie

    9. JJ Hardy

     

    The Orioles made a lot of acquisitions this off season, most notably Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds. They now have a very balanced offense. Roberts is a strong leadoff hitter, they have plenty of power, and Jones, Markakis, and Scott provide the batting average. 

    Many Orioles had down years last season, most notably Hardy, Lee, and Wieters, so the Orioles, like the Royals, could be a sleeper team this year. Other than Felix Pie, every player in this lineup has the potential to be near the top of his respective positional ranking.

18. Chicago Cubs

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    1. Kosuke Fukudome

    2. Starlin Castro

    3. Marlon Byrd

    4. Carlos Pena

    5. Aramis Ramirez

    6. Geovany Soto

    7. Alfonso Soriano

    8. Blake DeWitt

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    Though they were able to sign Carlos Pena this winter, and Aramis Ramirez is due for a bounce back season, the Cubs lineup is not as attractive as a lot of other teams.

    One of the reasons the Cubs were not successful in 2010 was due to their poor on-base percentage, which ranked 21st in the league. Their major addition this season, Carlos Pena, has an average on-base percentage. While Castro may develop and prosper in 2011, there is no reason to believe they will be able to get a sufficient amount of runners on base in order to compete with the league's top offenses. 

17. Los Angeles Angels

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    1. Erick Aybar

    2. Bobby Abreu

    3. Torii Hunter

    4. Mike Napoli

    5. Howie Kendrick

    6. Kendry Morales

    7. Jeff Mathis

    8. Alberto Callaspo

    9. Peter Bourjos

     

    If anything, the Angels will be getting better in 2011 with the return of Kendry Morales, who was on pase to hit 34.9 home runs in 2010 before getting injured, along with a .290 average. After taking this into consideration, the Angels' 19th place finish in runs scored last season is not all that bad.

    A major concern with the Angels, however, is their age. Both Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter have been part of this Angels' foundation since 2009, and both, especially Abreu, showed signs of being on the decline in 2010. If they are able to be productive in 2011, which is not a given, the Angels should to being a dangerous lineup. If not, this could be a long season for Angels fans. 

16. San Francisco Giants

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    1. Andres Torres

    2. Freddy Sanchez

    3. Aubrey Huff

    4. Buster Posey

    5. Miguel Tejada 

    6. Pablo Sandoval

    7. Cody Ross 

    8. Mark DeRosa

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    It's the beginning of a new era in San Francisco with the emergence of Buster Posey. Ideally for San Francisco, Sandoval will be able to revert back to his 2009 form when he hit .330. These two coupled together are a great foundation for an offense. 

    Along with their young talent, San Francisco was able to resign their veteran leader in Aubrey Huff. 

    Barring injury or down season, which is no easy feat, the Giants' offense should be above average in 2011. 

15. Milwaukee Brewers

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    1. Rickie Weeks

    2. Corey Hart

    3. Ryan Braun

    4. Prince Fielder

    5. Casey McGehee

    6. Jonathan Lucroy

    7. Carlos Gomez

    8. Yuniesky Betancourt

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    Despite a relatively down season from their power hitter, Prince Fielder, the Brewers were able to finish the season 12th in runs scored. Their success is in part due to Rickie Weeks, who was finally able to put together a productive season all the way through. Given Weeks' injury history and erratic production, he is not the best player to be relying on as your lead off hitter entering 2011.

    Even if Weeks were to produce at a less consistent rate in 2011, the Brewers have plenty of offensive weapons. Braun and Fielder are one of the top back-to-back hitters in the league, and Casey McGehee is developing into a very good third baseman.

    I expect the Brewers to have a strong season offensively, though I'm not counting on Weeks to reproduce his 2010 numbers. Thus, a slight drop off in the rankings is likely. 

14. Florida Marlins

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    1. Chris Coghlan 

    2. Omar Infante

    3. Hanley Ramirez

    4. Michael Stanton

    5. Logan Morrison

    6. Gaby Sanchez

    7. John Buck

    8. Matt Dominguez

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    The Marlins continue to get better, inching closer and closer to the top ten. The obvious reason they should succeed in 2011 is Michael Stanton. After tearing up minor league pitchers, the 21 year old hit 22 home runs in just 359 at-bats in the majors. 

    This team is dripping with young talent. Coghlan, a past Rookie of the Year winner, has a high ceiling, and Gaby Sanchez is a very solid all-around first baseman, stealing 26 bases in the last three seasons (including minors). Coupled with the veteran leadership of Infante and Buck, this team will continue to improve in 2011.

13. Tampa Bay Rays

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    1. BJ Upton

    2. Ben Zobrist

    3. Evan Longoria

    4. Matt Joyce

    5. Dan Johnson

    6. Reid Brignac

    7. Jon Jaso

    8. Sean Rodriguez

    9. Desmond Jennings

     

    This may seem a little bit high for a team that lost their premier player, Carl Crawford, along with Jason Bartlett and Carlos Pena. While those are significant losses, the Rays will still be able to manage to finish in the top half of runs scored this season.

    If you don't know who Sean Rodriguez is, you should take a look at his stats. In 2009, Rodriguez hit 30 home runs in AAA in only 459 at-bats. I expect Rodriguez to step in for Bartlett and boost this offense. Throw in Desmond Jennings, who will develop into a solid leadoff hitter, and you have a strong group of replacements.

    Also, remember that the Rays still have Evan Longoria, one of the best hitters in the game. Longoria's average has been on the way up since he entered the league and his potential to hit for power needs no explanation. So long as Longoria is in this offense, it should hold its own.

12. St. Louis Cardinals

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    1. Skip Schumaker

    2. Ryan Theriot

    3. Albert Pujols

    4. Matt Holliday 

    5. Lance Berkman

    6. Yadier Molina

    7. Colby Rasmus

    8. David Freese

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    When you have Albert Pujols in your lineup, its almost impossible to finish in the bottom of the league in runs scored. This team has a strong foundation of veterans in Pujols, Molina, and Holliday to compliment young hitters like Rasmus and Freese. 

    A big move for the Cardinals this winter was the acquisition of Ryan Theriot. The Cardinals' shortstops in 2010, Brendan Ryan for the most part, were dreadful. Ryan hit .223 in 139 games over the season and occasional replacement Tyler Greene's .221 was no better. Theriot, who has been a ket component of the Cubs' offense in past years should give this offense a major boost in 2011. 

11. Atlanta Braves

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    1. Jason Heyward

    2. Chipper Jones

    3. Brian McCann

    4. Dan Uggla

    5. Martin Prado

    6. Nate McLouth

    7. Alex Gonzalez

    8. Freddie Freeman

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    The Braves finished 13th in runs scored in 2010, and there is reason to believe they can crack the top ten this season. The Dan Uggla signing was one of the biggest moves of the winter, as he provides the Braves with strong production from their second base slot. In 2010, he hit .287 with 33 home runs. Very few players, let alone second baseman, can put up those numbers.

    McLouth is a potential rebound candidate, which only adds to the reasons to like the offense in 2011. On top of that, Jason Heyward still has room to grow. He has been praised as the top hitting prospect in the league by many, and entering 2011 he has even higher expectations.

    While the Phillies may have the best rotation in baseball, the Braves will be right with them all season as long as this offense stays healthy.  

10. Minnesota Twins

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    1. Denard Span 

    2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    3. Joe Mauer

    4. Justin Morneau

    5. Delmon Young

    6. Michael Cuddyer

    7. Jason Kubel 

    8. Danny Valencia

    9. Alexi Cassila

     

    While the Twins did lose both middle infielders to free agency, they went out and signed Tsuyoshi Nishioka of Japan. Nishioka had a great season in 2010 for the Chibba Lotte Marines, hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 22 stolen bases. He has tremendous potential to score runs for this offense, especially with Mauer and Morneau hitting behind him

    The fact that the Twins finished sixth in runs scored last season despite Morneau only playing 81 games shows how much potential this offense has. If Delmon Young continues his 2010 production, this offense may be among the best in the league. 

9. Chicago White Sox

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    1. Juan Pierre

    2. Alex Rios

    3. Adam Dunn

    4. Paul Konerko

    5. Carlos Quentin

    6. Gordon Beckham

    7. Alexi Ramirez

    8. AJ Pierzynski

    9. Brent Morel

     

    While Konerko may not be able to hit like he did in 2010 again, the White Sox were able to sign Adam Dunn this winter to a four year contract. The White Sox already powerful lineup only got more dangerous.

    This offense is perfectly balanced. It begins with one of the fastest players in the league, Juan Pierre, who will score 100 runs this season easily. Throughout the lineup, there are many players who can get on base, such as Beckham and Ramirez. Finally, as I stated earlier, there is an incredible amount of power in this lineup, making them one of the most dynamic offenses in the league. The race between Chicago and Minnesota in the American League Central will be very heated in 2011.

8. Toronto Blue Jays

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    1. Rajai Davis

    2. Jose Bautista

    3. Vernon Wells

    4. Adam Lind

    5. Aaron Hill

    6. Edwin Encarnacion

    7. Travis Snider

    8. Yunel Escobar

    9. JP Arenciabia

     

    Many people expect Toronto's offense to regress in 2011 as they do not believe Jose Bautista will be able to repeat his 54 home run season. However, the addition of Rajai Davis turns the offense from a solely powerful lineup to a simply scary lineup. 

    The Jays finished ninth in runs in 2010 despite ranking 28th in stolen bases. Davis stole 50 bases in 2010, so the Jays sealed up their main offensive weakness.

    On top of that, both Hill and Lind can be expected to bounce back in 2011. Their extremely low BABIPs in 2010 explain their poor performance, so expect them to revert to their 2009 forms. If they are successful, not many teams will score more runs than the Jays.

7. Colorado Rockies

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    1. Dexter Fowler

    2. Todd Helton

    3. Carlos Gonzalez

    4. Troy Tulowitzki

    5. Chris Iannetta

    6. Ian Stewart

    7. Ryan Spilborghs

    8. Eric Young

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    The Rockies lineup contains two of the most talented players in the league. Tulowitzki displayed how dangerous he was last season by hitting .323 with 18 home runs after the break in 2010, while Gonzalez was a threat to win the Triple Crown. 

    Though the Rockies may not have as many superstars as some other top offenses, they have very few weak spots. Each player in the lineup contributes something to the overall offense, whether it be speed from Young or power from Stewart. 

    Given the amount of talent on this roster, it would be a disappointment if the Rockies finish outside the top ten in runs scored. 

6. Detroit Tigers

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    1. Austin Jackson

    2. Ryan Raburn

    3. Magglio Ordonez

    4. Miguel Cabrera

    5. Victor Martinez

    6. Brandon Inge

    7. Jhonny Peralta

    8. Will Rhymes

    9. Alex Avila

     

    The Detroit Tigers outfield is among the league's most talented. Austin Jackson, runner up of the American League Rookie of the Year in 2010, can develop into one of the best leadoff hitters in the league. Both Ryan Raburn and Brennan Boesch (bench) have shown potential to drive in runs in both the minors and majors. To hold them together is veteran Magglio Ordonez, who has had one of the most consistent batting averages in the league. 

    The addition of Victor Martinez is also a huge reason the Tigers are expected to make a big leap forward this season offensively. In 2010, Martinez was one of the main reasons the Red Sox were able to finish second in runs scored despite crippling injuries. Martinez should help in similar ways for Detroit, as his consistency in run production makes him one of the best in the league. 

5. Cincinnati Reds

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    1. Brandon Phillips

    2. Scott Rolen 

    3. Joey Votto

    4. Jay Bruce

    5. Drew Stubbs

    6. Johnny Gomes

    7. Paul Janish

    8. Ramon Hernandez

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    By giving Joey Votto a three year, $38 million contract this off season, the Reds officially committed to winning.

    Votto, the reigning National League MVP, is the key to success for the Reds. With young players such as Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce growing, Votto is the only consistent superstar on the Reds. His production in 2011 is critical for the Reds' offense.

    The Reds were a surprise to many in 2010, though they will have a target on their back in 2011. This season will test whether the Reds can perform under the spotlight.

4. Philadelphia Phillies

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    1. Jimmy Rollins

    2. Placido Polanco

    3. Chase Utley

    4. Ryan Howard

    5. Raul Ibanez

    6. Shane Victorino

    7. Domonic Brown

    8. Carlos Ruiz

    9. (Pitcher)

     

    The Phillies had a down season offensively in 2010, and to make matters worse, they lost Jayson Werth to the Nationals. However, in his place is heralded rookie Domonic Brown. In just 343 minor league at-bats last season, Brown hit 20 home runs and stole 17 bases, while maintaining a .327 batting average. Brown is a much-needed prospect in a lineup of aging stars.

    There are many questions for the Phillies this season. Will Jimmy Rollins ever return to his old form? Will Howard rebound after 'only' hitting 31 home runs in 2010? With all the talent on this roster, it would be difficult for the Phillies to finish any worse than 4th in runs scored. 

3. New York Yankees

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    1. Derek Jeter

    2. Nick Swisher

    3. Mark Teixeira

    4. Alex Rodriguez

    5. Robinson Cano

    6. Curtis Granderson

    7. Russell Martin 

    8. Jorge Posada

    9. Brett Gardner

     

    The Yankees finished first in runs scored in 2010, however they were the only team among my top three for 2011 that did not make a major acquisition. While Martin may have a solid season, he in no Carl Crawford or Adrian Beltre.

    Another reason to expect a decline from the Yankees is Nick Swisher. Swisher had a phenomenal season in 2010, however his career .252 batting average screams for a drop off. 

    The Yankees aren't getting any younger either. Signing 36 year old Derek Jeter to a three year $51 million contract may be something the Yankees rue in later years and Alex Rodriguez has seen his batting average decline for four straight years. They are still an elite offense, though no longer the biggest threat in their division. 

2. Texas Rangers

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    1. Elvis Andrus

    2. Michael Young

    3. Josh Hamilton

    4. Adrian Beltre

    5. Nelson Cruz

    6. Julio Borbon

    7. Ian Kinsler

    8. Mitch Moreland

    9. Yorvit Torrealba

     

    The Rangers finished fifth in runs scored in 2010 and they lost Vladimir Guerrero to free agency. On top of that, reigning American League MVP Josh Hamilton is unlikely to be able to hit .359 again. So what's to love about this offense?

    First, the Adrian Beltre signing was huge for the Rangers. Beltre was one of the main reasons the Red Sox were able to finish second in runs scored in 2010. His .321 batting average and 28 home runs in 2010 are reflective of the damage he can do in a good situation.

    Second, the Rangers were able to finish fifth last season even with an injured Ian Kinsler who only played 103 games. While it would be daring to predict that Kinsler will play a full season in 2011, it is unlikely he will miss 59 games again.

    The Rangers are very diverse in their offense. Young players like Andrus and Borbon continue to develop through the guidance of veteran leaders such as Michael Young. If all goes well for the Rangers in 2011, I expect them to finish second to...

1. Boston Red Sox

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    1. Carl Crawford

    2. Dustin Pedroia

    3. Kevin Youkilis

    4. Adrian Gonzalez

    5. David Ortiz

    6. JD Drew

    7. Jacoby Ellsbury

    8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    9. Marco Scutaro

     

    It's hard to argue against this team. The Red Sox finished second in runs in 2010 despite injuries from just about every player on their team. Injuries are no excuse, though they provide reason to be optimistic about this team. That and the addition of the top two free agent hitters on the market this winter. 

    The return of Jacoby Ellsbury coupled with the addition of Carl Crawford should allow the Red Sox to wreak havoc on the base paths. They may very well double their 2010 stolen base total of just 68. 

    Another reason to expect huge things out of this team is JD Drew. Drew is entering his contract year, thus he can be expected improve to the .270/25/90 range. 

    Given their exceptional depth and ridiculously talented lineup, the Red Sox should finish the 2011 season as the top offense. 

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