MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings

Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow

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Posted April 04, 2012 04:55 AM EDT

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 - 1/21
Victor Martinez goes down with a knee injury. That hurt. But Prince Fielder has 214 million reasons to make the Tigers forget about that. And that Justin Verlander guy is still pretty good.
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2

0-0 - 2/25
Whatever you do, don’t call him El Hombre. Just sit back and enjoy the Albert Pujols experience. The Halos also added C.J. Wilson to the rotation and return a healthy Kendrys Morales. Oh and did we mention they now have Albert Pujols?
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3

0-0 - 1/5
The Rangers lost last year’s ace but took a gamble in the offseason in acquiring Yu Darvish. Early indications show the gamble may pay off. In Darvish’s final Cactus League start, the Japanese import struck out 11 in six innings of work. Could a third conExpand Description
The Rangers lost last year’s ace but took a gamble in the offseason in acquiring Yu Darvish. Early indications show the gamble may pay off. In Darvish’s final Cactus League start, the Japanese import struck out 11 in six innings of work. Could a third consecutive trip to the World Series be the charm?Collapse Description
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4

0-0 - 1/11
An injury to Michael Pineda curbed some of the enthusiasm of the January trade, but this lineup is once again stacked and the rotation should be fine until he returns.
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5

0-0 - 5/27
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley starting the year on the DL creates a huge hole in the lineup, but with a rotation that includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, the Phillies should still expect to win.
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6

0-0 - 1/15
Will Carlos Pena return to his '07 form? It won't really matter if the Rays rotation is as good this season as projected.
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7

0-0 - 4/22
A 29-game improvement from 2010 to 2011 pushed the D-backs from the basement to the penthouse in the NL West. Adding Trevor Cahill to an already-strong rotation should keep them there.
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8

0-0 - 2/19
Health will determine the success of the defending World Series champs. Co-ace Chris Carpenter, utility man Skip Schumaker and outfielder Allen Craig starting on the DL is not a good sign. Albert Pujols should provide … oh wait … nevermind.
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9

0-0 - 4/16
The Giants locked up pitcher Matt Cain (six-year, $127 million). The return of Buster Posey should solidify an offense that was lacking in 2011.
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10

0-0 - 10/26
After the devastating collapse of 2011, the Red Sox overhauled the front office, management and bullpen. Can Bobby Valentine get this team back to playing Red Sox baseball?
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11

0-0 - 7/25
It is easy to get excited about a team loaded with the likes of Ricky Romero, Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Sergio Santos. Unfortunately, the Jays might once again be the fourth best team in the AL East.
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12

0-0 - 12/25
The loss of Prince hurts, but the Brew Crew still boasts one of the best NL rotations behind Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke. The additions of Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez should help make up for some of the lost power Fielder provided in the lineup.Expand Description
The loss of Prince hurts, but the Brew Crew still boasts one of the best NL rotations behind Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke. The additions of Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez should help make up for some of the lost power Fielder provided in the lineup. Collapse Description
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13

0-0 - 6/26
Adding Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell to a roster already loaded with talent should provide Marlins fans with plenty of excitement. Add in the new ballpark, Ozzie Guillen and a funky home run sculpture in center field and you have a baseball expeExpand Description
Adding Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell to a roster already loaded with talent should provide Marlins fans with plenty of excitement. Add in the new ballpark, Ozzie Guillen and a funky home run sculpture in center field and you have a baseball experience unlike any other. Collapse Description
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14

0-0 - 3/18
The Braves finished 22nd in runs scored last year yet didn’t sign any offensive weapons in the offseason to fix the problem. Chipper Jones starting the season on the DL only intensifies the importance of a healthy and productive Jason Heyward for Atlanta.
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15

0-0 - 1/22
Yes the bullpen has been hit by injuries, but the good news is the offense should be just fine. Kudos to Walt Jocketty for locking up perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto.
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16

0-0 - 16/29
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez will need to carry the Rockies if they hope to make a return to Rocktober.
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17

0-0 - 13/29
If spring training is any indication at all, the Royals will score runs. KC led the Cactus League with a .303 batting average while scoring 155 runs. Keeping the opposition off the board will be another story.
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18

0-0 - 1/18
The return of Stephen Strasburg and the additions of Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson give the Nationals an incredibly solid rotation. But really, when do we get to see Bryce Harper?
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19

0-0 - 1/19
While Frank McCourt’s $2 billion sale of the Dodgers to a group including Magic Johnson provides hope for the future, reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and MVP runner-up Matt Kemp provide the hope for 2012.
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20

0-0 - 6/29
Asdrubal Cabrera came into camp heavy, which raises the question: Can he return to last year's Silver Slugger form?
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21

0-0 - 3/25
Will this be the year Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy finally play as well as they were paid to? Hold that thought.
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22

0-0 - 22/30
With a healthy Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the Twins can compete this season. But how long will the stars stay healthy?
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23

0-0 - 5/27
The poor Buccos can’t catch a break. They trade for pitcher A.J. Burnett only to see him fracture his orbital bone, requiring surgery on March 2. Good news: His rehab progress is on schedule and shouldn’t miss much time. Bad news: Who’s next?
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24

0-0 - 18/26
The best part about playing in Japan last week is the Mariners get to throw Felix Hernandez in two of their first three games. King Felix went eight innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six in his first outing. He ended up with a no-deExpand Description
The best part about playing in Japan last week is the Mariners get to throw Felix Hernandez in two of their first three games. King Felix went eight innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six in his first outing. He ended up with a no-decision. Get used to that, Felix. Collapse Description
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25

0-0 - 19/30
The Padres made a splash in the offseason pool by trading Mat Latos to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez and top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal, and then acquiring Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for two prospects. But Quentin will start Expand Description
The Padres made a splash in the offseason pool by trading Mat Latos to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez and top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal, and then acquiring Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for two prospects. But Quentin will start the year on the DL, leaving the Friars with a big hole to fill until his return. Collapse Description
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26

0-0 - 24/30
Gone are Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. Year One of the Theo Epstein and Dale Sveum era could be rough.
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27

0-0 - 5/27
Johan Santana is back and was named the Opening Day starter. Let’s start the season off with some good news about the Mets and go from there.
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28

0-0 - 4/28
The current 3-4-5 hitters for Oakland are Coco Crisp, Seth Smith and Kurt Suzuki. Even the Yoenis Cespedes signing can't overcome that.
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29

0-0 - 1/29
Familiar story. Brian Roberts starts the season on the DL. The former All-Star has played in just 98 games over the past two seasons.
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30

0-0 - 22/30
First-year general manager Jeff Lunhow will have his hands full with a team coming off a season with only 56 victories.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 79 57
Yankees 70 65
Blue Jays 69 67
Rays 67 71
Red Sox 60 77

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 67 69
Mets 64 74
Phillies 63 74

Central Division

TEAM W L
Cardinals 73 63
Brewers 73 64
Pirates 71 65
Reds 66 71
Cubs 62 76

Western Division

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