MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

Week12 Power rankings

Eric Luchetti and Pat DeCola
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Posted January 27, 2011 12:57 PM EST
The winter meetings wrapped up last week with the Red Sox adding outfielder Carl Crawford and all but locking up the top spot in our latest Power Rankings. ... That is until the Phillies and Cliff Lee celebrated an unexpected homecoming late Monday night. All this and more in the special post-winter meetings edition of Power Rankings.

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New York Mets

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St. Louis Cardinals

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

40-23 1 1/4
Jorge Posada became the first Yankee since Bill Dickey to hit grand slams in consecutive games while the Yankees did what contenders are supposed to do against lower-level competition, going 12-4 in their last 16 while playing through A-Rod's sore left hiExpand Description
Jorge Posada became the first Yankee since Bill Dickey to hit grand slams in consecutive games while the Yankees did what contenders are supposed to do against lower-level competition, going 12-4 in their last 16 while playing through A-Rod's sore left hip. Collapse Description
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2

40-23 1 1/16
Carlos Pena had one of his rampages -- he homered in six straight games, two short of a major league record -- but the Rays gave up 25 runs to Florida and 20 to Texas in losing three-game series. PTPer Dickie V. is OK after taking a foul line drive in theExpand Description
Carlos Pena had one of his rampages -- he homered in six straight games, two short of a major league record -- but the Rays gave up 25 runs to Florida and 20 to Texas in losing three-game series. PTPer Dickie V. is OK after taking a foul line drive in the chest in the first inning Thursday. Collapse Description
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3

37-27 - 3/23
Bobby Cox was presented a bronze plaque celebrating his success and longevity in a pregame ceremony in Arizona last week, then said a long, long goodbye -- winning a three-hour, 53-minute game before taking two of three in Minnesota. Fifteen of Atlanta's Expand Description
Bobby Cox was presented a bronze plaque celebrating his success and longevity in a pregame ceremony in Arizona last week, then said a long, long goodbye -- winning a three-hour, 53-minute game before taking two of three in Minnesota. Fifteen of Atlanta's next 18 are at home.Collapse Description
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4

37-28 3 1/23
Jacoby Ellsbury has had four opinions on his rib injuries, and the last showed another fracture, which is likely to keep him out until the All-Star break. Would underused Mike Lowell be a good fit with the Angels? Time will tell.
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5

36-27 - 1/15
The new M&M boys -- Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer -- have combined for 39 doubles, 15 homers, 71 RBIs, a .335 batting average and a .966 OPS. Helper Delmon Young has raised his batting average 20 points in 10 days.
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6

37-27 - 2/28
The bullpen remains a tower of strength -- a 2.62 ERA, a .205 opponents' batting average, a .265 opponents' on-base percentage, all tops in the majors. Luke Gregorsen has not walked any of the last 106 batters he has faced, the longest streak for a relievExpand Description
The bullpen remains a tower of strength -- a 2.62 ERA, a .205 opponents' batting average, a .265 opponents' on-base percentage, all tops in the majors. Luke Gregorsen has not walked any of the last 106 batters he has faced, the longest streak for a reliever since Jonathan Papelbon went 127 without a walk in 2008, Elias says. Collapse Description
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7

36-27 3 5/23
A home sweep against St. Louis for the first time in 22 years gave the Dodgers the best record in the NL in the middle of last week, although the Angels made that go away. The Dodgers are still the only team to beat Ubaldo Jimenez.
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8

36-28 - 2/28
Scott Rolen has 26 hits and 18 RBIs in his last 16 games, when he has added 48 percentage points to his batting average and 104 percentage points to his OPS. On top of the numbers, Rolen plays the game the way it is supposed to be played.
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9

36-27 3 3/18
Matt Cain has given up two earned runs in his last 41 innings over five starts, with two shutouts. Juan Uribe and Aubrey have 10 homers apiece, and Andres Torres is having a breakout season at age 32.
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10

35-28 7 5/24
David Wright has returned to form -- his two homers Sunday gave him 14 this season, two more than he had in 144 games in 2009, the first year of Citi Field. New ace Mike Pelfrey has given up eight runs in his last six starts, going 5-0, 1.65.
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11

35-28 3 3/20
The Rangers worked to reverse their home-road disparity -- 23-11 in Big D, 12-17 not -- by taking two out of three in Milwaukee over the weekend. Nine-game road trip concludes with stops in Miami and Houston this week.
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12

36-31 3 2/23
They're back. All five starters have won at least five games, and with the bullpen returning to form the Angels are contenders again. Mike Napoli has made six starts at first base and appears a good short-term fix.
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13

33-29 3 6/21
The Tigers are winning while integrating new players -- outfielders Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch now play every day, and catcher Alex Avila and shortstop Danny Worth appear likely to get the bulk of the playing time at their spots.
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14

35-29 10 3/14
After a dreadful 1-5 road trip to Los Angeles and Phoenix, the Cardinals get a reprieve -- 16 of the next 19 games are against teams under .500. Interleague slate includes Seattle, Oakland and 1-70 rival Kansas City. Jeff Suppan rejoins the rotation.
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15

33-30 2 7/18
Todd Helton is experimenting with contact lenses -- and the Rockies are experimenting with the batting order -- in an attempt to get him back on track. Closer Huston Street is near a return, and it appears Jeff Francis is officially back after his first hExpand Description
Todd Helton is experimenting with contact lenses -- and the Rockies are experimenting with the batting order -- in an attempt to get him back on track. Closer Huston Street is near a return, and it appears Jeff Francis is officially back after his first home victory in two years Sunday.Collapse Description
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16

32-29 5 1/16
Losing 16 of 24 is hardly Phillie-like, but neither is their team batting average, .258. They have won one of their last 11 series and face interleague challenges against the Yankees and Minnesota this week.
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17

35-30 8 5/24
Former first-round draft pick Kyle Drabek, the prize in the Roy Halladay offseason trade and son of former Cy Young winner Doug, has a plus fastball and a plus curve. He is working on his changeup at Class AA. The Jays plan to remain patient with him despExpand Description
Former first-round draft pick Kyle Drabek, the prize in the Roy Halladay offseason trade and son of former Cy Young winner Doug, has a plus fastball and a plus curve. He is working on his changeup at Class AA. The Jays plan to remain patient with him despite a need in the rotation.Collapse Description
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18

31-32 1 9/24
Mike Stanton may not have gotten the bullpen cam and all the national notoriety when he arrived in the majors last week at age 20, but it just might work out -- he had three hits on Tuesday after hitting 61 homers in 714 career minor league at-bats.
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19

31-33 1 12/30
Stephen Strasburg's 94th pitch in his first start last Tuesday was 99 mph. Get your tickets now -- four of his final five starts before the All-Star break are at home, against the White Sox, Kansas City, the Mets and San Diego. So the Nats eliminated StraExpand Description
Stephen Strasburg's 94th pitch in his first start last Tuesday was 99 mph. Get your tickets now -- four of his final five starts before the All-Star break are at home, against the White Sox, Kansas City, the Mets and San Diego. So the Nats eliminated Strasburg's Super Two chances while maximizing his earning power at home. Not bad at all. Collapse Description
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20

32-33 2 7/27
Losers of nine of their last 13, the A's have received six straight quality starts from Trevor Cahill. The remaining interleague opponents are the Cubs, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, not so treacherous.
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21

28-34 1 7/28
Omar Vizquel became the fourth player in major league history to steal a base in four decades when he did it earlier this month. GM Kenny Williams is officially in trade mode: "It's not what I want, but I'm not blind." The team's biggest weakness: "Pick yExpand Description
Omar Vizquel became the fourth player in major league history to steal a base in four decades when he did it earlier this month. GM Kenny Williams is officially in trade mode: "It's not what I want, but I'm not blind." The team's biggest weakness: "Pick your poison on a given night . . . on and off the field."Collapse Description
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22

28-35 1 14/29
Ted Lilly's masterpiece Sunday enabled the Cubs to avoid a sweep against the Southsiders, but the Cubs have not won a series since shutting out the Dodgers twice in three games in late May. Is Tyler Colvin in the lineup for good?
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23

27-37 1 9/26
Another nice comeback story is playing out in Milwaukee, where Chris Capuano is back in the majors after two years away while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery. Capuano is in the bullpen now, with fellow lefty Manny Parra in the rotation. NewbieExpand Description
Another nice comeback story is playing out in Milwaukee, where Chris Capuano is back in the majors after two years away while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery. Capuano is in the bullpen now, with fellow lefty Manny Parra in the rotation. Newbies be warned: Capuano may have the best pickoff move in baseball.Collapse Description
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24

27-37 1 23/30
Zack Greinke won his second game of the season Sunday after seeing his ERA climb north of 4.00 (to 4.05) in his previous start, the first time it had been that high since Aug. 9, 2008. Greinke's ERA was never over 2.44 during his run to the 2009 AL Cy YouExpand Description
Zack Greinke won his second game of the season Sunday after seeing his ERA climb north of 4.00 (to 4.05) in his previous start, the first time it had been that high since Aug. 9, 2008. Greinke's ERA was never over 2.44 during his run to the 2009 AL Cy Young Award. Collapse Description
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25

26-38 2 14/28
The D-Backs have enough offense to get it done but have been done in by the bullpen -- a major league-high 7.33 relief ERA, a major league-high 12 blown saves, 12 losses in which they led or were tied entering the ninth inning. Productive Aaron Heilman maExpand Description
The D-Backs have enough offense to get it done but have been done in by the bullpen -- a major league-high 7.33 relief ERA, a major league-high 12 blown saves, 12 losses in which they led or were tied entering the ninth inning. Productive Aaron Heilman may step in as closer.Collapse Description
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26

25-37 3 13/29
Carlos Santana became the next up-and-comer to make his major league debut when he caught Friday. He doubled in his second game and singled and walked off Stephen Strasburg in his third.
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27

25-39 1 16/30
Brad Mills' quiet confidence is taking hold; the Astros had won eight of 10 before a weekend sweep in Yankee Stadium. Six games with Texas in the next two weeks.
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28

24-40 3 13/29
It is no fun being a Mariner. The team lost eight of nine, and Chone Figgins was upset after being moved to ninth in the batting order to give Milton Bradley a look at the top of the order, although Figgins is back up top now.
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29

23-40 3 19/30
Twenty-ninth in RBIs. Twenty-ninth in ERA. An eight-game losing streak entering the week.
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30

17-47 - 20/30
The Orioles are 0-10-1 in their last 11 series after being battered by the Mets in a weekend sweep, the eighth time the O's have been swept this year.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 93 62
Yankees 80 75
Blue Jays 78 77
Rays 75 81
Red Sox 68 88

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 86 69
Royals 84 70
Indians 81 74
White Sox 71 84
Twins 66 89

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 96 60
Athletics 85 70
Mariners 83 72
Astros 69 87
Rangers 62 93

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 91 64
Braves 76 79
Mets 76 80
Marlins 74 81
Phillies 71 85

Central Division

TEAM W L
y-Cardinals 87 69
Pirates 84 71
Brewers 80 76
Reds 72 84
Cubs 69 87

Western Division

TEAM W L
y-Dodgers 89 67
Giants 84 71
Padres 74 81
Rockies 65 91
Diamondbacks 62 94