MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

Week26 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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Cleveland Indians

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Miami Marlins

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

90-59 1 1/4
CC Sabathia all but locked up his second Cy Young after Saturday's strong outing in Baltimore, becoming the first in the majors to 20 wins this season.
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2

89-59 1 1/16
AL saves leader? Rafael Soriano. Must be easy to rack up saves when your team gives you leads and you hold opponents to a .166 average.
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3

89-61 1 1/16
Picked by many prior to the season to represent the senior circuit in the World Series, the Phillies have gotten enough of a boost from Roy Oswalt (7-1, 1.94 ERA with the Phils) to overcome an injury-plagued season offensively and almost certainly qualifyExpand Description
Picked by many prior to the season to represent the senior circuit in the World Series, the Phillies have gotten enough of a boost from Roy Oswalt (7-1, 1.94 ERA with the Phils) to overcome an injury-plagued season offensively and almost certainly qualify for the playoffs. Collapse Description
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4

89-60 3 1/15
Minnesota fans will be living 'day-to-day' as they wait out Joe Mauer's knee injury. In the meantime, they get to see the development of Jose Morales (.188 avg) and Drew Butera (.185 avg).
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5

83-65 - 3/20
Hopefully, the Rangers enjoyed a light week against the Tigers and Mariners in which they had two days off. They don't get any more of those until postseason play begins.
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6

86-64 3 3/23
Tim Hudson bounced back from a terrible start against the Cardinals with six strong innings and a victory over the Mets. Strong pitching will need to continue as they face the Phillies six more times the final two weeks of the season.
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7

84-66 1 3/18
The Giants, who've been unable to pull away from the Padres and Rockies in the West, posted a 3-3 record against two sub .500 teams last week.
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8

82-67 - 7/18
The Rockies and Troy Tulowitzki (.407 avg., 14 home runs, 34 RBI in September) look to gain ground this week with three games on the road against the lowly D-Backs and three at home against the Giants.
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9

84-66 2 2/28
Cincy doesn't look ready for the postseason, having posted a 7-11 record in September and limping towards October with questions surrounding a rotation that's posted just three wins this month.
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10

83-66 - 2/28
The Pads managed to stay in the NL West race, despite losing four of their last five heading into this week and seeing the worst start of Mat Latos' career on Friday in St. Louis (1 1/3 IP, 8 earned runs).
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11

83-66 1 1/23
Six games left against the Yankees. Seven-game deficit in the AL East. It could happen. Will it? Not a chance.
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12

77-72 2 3/14
A tale of two teams. The Cardinals are swept at home against the rejuvenated Cubs, then take three out of four from the Padres over the weekend. With a light schedule this week, the Redbirds could make up some ground on the slumping Reds.
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13

79-70 2 7/28
Manny went 55 at-bats before collecting his first Chi-town extra-base hit. The Sox were 3 1/2 out when they acquired the ¿superstar,¿ yet sit 10 games out and counting now.
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14

75-74 1 5/24
If it weren't for Troy Tulowitzki stealing all the home run headlines, we're convinced America would be head over heels for Jose Bautista (ML-leading 49 HR). Well, that combined with the fact that his home games aren¿t even played in America.
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15

75-74 2 6/21
The 65-year-old Jim Leyland will be carrying a very mediocre Tigers team (75-74 record) into 2011 ¿ the last year of his managerial contract.
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16

72-77 2 16/30
Since August 1, the Astros are tied for second in the National League in wins (28), first in saves (19) and second in ERA (3.30). Not bad for a team that traded away their ace.
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17

73-76 3 2/23
From 2001-03, the Angels finished under .500, won the World Series, then finished under .500 again. According to that highly scientific formula, the Angels will be winning it all next year (since they¿re on pace to finish under .500 in 2010.)
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18

74-74 2 7/27
Oakland pitching ranks third in the majors in ERA (3.56), but when the offense struggles as the Athletics have all season, postseason play can almost always be ruled out.19
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19

74-75 4 9/24
The Marlins, who've struggled with mediocrity all season long, have an opportunity to end the season on a positive note with three series left against sub .500 teams.
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20

68-81 3 14/29
Mike Quade's done something right in Chicago. The Cubs are 17-7 since Sweet Lou retired, and guys like Darwin Barney have been receiving regular playing time.
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21

74-76 - 5/24
For the first time in three years, the Mets lived up to expectations. Unfortunately, the expectations weren't terribly high in Queens prior to this season.
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22

73-77 3 5/23
Mailing it in? Andre Ethier (.208 in September) and Matt Kemp (.214) have been dismal this month, hitting a combined three home runs with just 8 RBI and 28 K in 104 at-bats heading into Monday.
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23

69-79 1 9/26
Despite hitting 30 home runs heading into the week, Prince Fielder's .269 avg. and 76 RBI have to be a classified as huge disappointments from his 2009 numbers (.269, 46 HR, 144 RBI).
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24

62-87 4 13/29
We've found the key to Cleveland's problems ¿ day games. They¿re just 16-33 in matinee play. It wouldn't surprise us if all of a sudden we hear of a mysterious Shin Soo-Choo sun allergy, prompting more night games for the Indians in 2011.
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25

61-87 1 23/30
Kansas City could very easily finish first in the majors in hits (1,408 ¿ Texas leads MLB with 1,421) when all is said and done. A modern-day ¿Murderer's Row.¿
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26

62-87 1 12/30
Jason Marquis, a 15-game winner for Colorado in '09, has been a huge disappointment for the Nats, posting a 2-9 record with 7.71 ERA.
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27

59-90 3 20/30
Baltimore's 13-3 in extra innings in 2010, by far the best in the majors. Unsurprisingly, they also lead the league in blown saves.
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28

59-91 1 14/28
The Snakes' bullpen has saved only 29 games this season, yet managed to blow 24, which ties them for second in all of baseball.
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29

57-92 - 13/29
Franklin Gutierrez leads the Mariners with 58 RBI. Yes, it's been that kind of year in Seattle.
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30

51-98 - 19/30
The Pirates have suffered a horrible season on the field and some embarrassment off it after MLB documents were leaked showing the club's financial earnings. For ownership's sake, let's hope next year shows improvement.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 79 57
Yankees 70 65
Blue Jays 69 67
Rays 66 71
Red Sox 60 76

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 74 61
Tigers 74 62
Indians 70 64
White Sox 62 75
Twins 60 77

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 83 53
Athletics 78 58
Mariners 73 62
Astros 59 79
Rangers 53 83

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 77 58
Braves 72 66
Marlins 66 69
Mets 64 73
Phillies 63 74

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 73 63
Cardinals 73 63
Pirates 71 65
Reds 66 71
Cubs 61 76

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 77 60
Giants 74 62
Padres 64 71
Diamondbacks 57 79
Rockies 54 82