MLB POWER RANKINGS

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MLB Power Rankings: Preseason

Regular season

By Shawn Ramsey

WEEK#    
Posted April 07, 2014 06:01 PM EDT

Who's ready for some baseball? Here's how the 30 teams stack up prior to Opening Day.

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 - 1/11
After being last season’s runner-up in the World Series, the Cardinals return with a roster completely loaded with talent, specifically a young, dominating pitching staff that will make them the team to beat.
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2

0-0 - 2/12
Are the Dodgers the new Yankees when it comes to buying a team? They’ve certainly put the money down. Let’s see if the high-priced pieces are enough to bring home a title. Odds are certainly in their favor with Clayton Kershaw leading an excellent rotatioExpand Description
Are the Dodgers the new Yankees when it comes to buying a team? They’ve certainly put the money down. Let’s see if the high-priced pieces are enough to bring home a title. Odds are certainly in their favor with Clayton Kershaw leading an excellent rotation.Collapse Description
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3

0-0 - 3/27
The World Series champions face an uphill battle to get back to the Fall Classic. The same rotation used at the end of last season returns with mostly the same players, but the lineup took a hit with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.
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4

0-0 - 1/10
Justin Verlander had a down year last season — at least compared to his lofty standards— however the Tigers still had a Cy-Young winner in Max Scherzer. Detroit has arguably the best 1-2-3 pitching punch in baseball with Anibal Sanchez in the mix as well.Expand Description
Justin Verlander had a down year last season — at least compared to his lofty standards— however the Tigers still had a Cy-Young winner in Max Scherzer. Detroit has arguably the best 1-2-3 pitching punch in baseball with Anibal Sanchez in the mix as well. Collapse Description
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5

0-0 - 1/30
David Price is on the books in Tampa Bay for at least one more season, and paired with Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, the Rays will use their proven winning formula of excellent pitching and defense to make a strong run at taking the AL East.
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6

0-0 - 1/9
On paper, the A’s success of recent years might not make sense, but that’s just how this team works. Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin’s injuries will be a setback for the rotation, but the lineup looks to be strong with Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes and JExpand Description
On paper, the A’s success of recent years might not make sense, but that’s just how this team works. Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin’s injuries will be a setback for the rotation, but the lineup looks to be strong with Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick.Collapse Description
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7

0-0 - 3/14
The Nationals struggled early last season before turning it on late. Unfortunately that meant missing the playoffs. Assuming Washington plays to its potential from the start, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and company will be among this season’s best.
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8

0-0 - 8/17
With 2014 being Derek Jeter’s farewell tour, a championship would make for a nice cherry on top. The Captain and Mark Teixeira are healthy, along with big money spent on Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann means New York should dominate.
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9

0-0 - 7/27
The curse is over for Pittsburgh baseball, but can the Bucs back it up with another great season? With reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen leading the way, the Pirates should at least grab a wild-card spot in what will be a tough division with the Cardinals Expand Description
The curse is over for Pittsburgh baseball, but can the Bucs back it up with another great season? With reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen leading the way, the Pirates should at least grab a wild-card spot in what will be a tough division with the Cardinals and Reds.Collapse Description
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10

0-0 - 10/24
The Royals lineup may have cost them the playoffs last season, but with a few offseason tweaks, namely Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante plugged into the top of the order, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler should see an increase in run production, making KC a leExpand Description
The Royals lineup may have cost them the playoffs last season, but with a few offseason tweaks, namely Norichika Aoki and Omar Infante plugged into the top of the order, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler should see an increase in run production, making KC a legit contender. Collapse Description
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11

0-0 - 10/20
Last season’s 90 wins wasn’t enough for Dusty Baker to keep his job, and new manager Bryan Price inherits a loaded roster full of top talent. Shin-Soo Choo’s departure could hurt, but if speedster Billy Hamilton produces, the Reds could just as good or beExpand Description
Last season’s 90 wins wasn’t enough for Dusty Baker to keep his job, and new manager Bryan Price inherits a loaded roster full of top talent. Shin-Soo Choo’s departure could hurt, but if speedster Billy Hamilton produces, the Reds could just as good or better. Collapse Description
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12

0-0 - 12/26
AL Manager-of-the-Year Terry Francona got the most out of a lineup lacking power in route to a wild-card appearance in ’13. This season, Cleveland is banking on the potential of its rotation pitching behind Justin Masterson with the losses of Ubaldo JimenExpand Description
AL Manager-of-the-Year Terry Francona got the most out of a lineup lacking power in route to a wild-card appearance in ’13. This season, Cleveland is banking on the potential of its rotation pitching behind Justin Masterson with the losses of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir.Collapse Description
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13

0-0 - 3/30
The offense looks great with the additions of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder, but the rotation? That’s a different story. With Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, and Matt Harrison shelved for the time being, the pitching staff could be in trouble until the big Expand Description
The offense looks great with the additions of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder, but the rotation? That’s a different story. With Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, and Matt Harrison shelved for the time being, the pitching staff could be in trouble until the big arms return. Collapse Description
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14

0-0 - 2/14
With Brian McCann out of the picture, the Braves will need B.J. Upton to step up from last season’s career-low stats. The rotation could be Atlanta’s Achilles’ heel with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the season and Mike Minor missing significant Expand Description
With Brian McCann out of the picture, the Braves will need B.J. Upton to step up from last season’s career-low stats. The rotation could be Atlanta’s Achilles’ heel with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the season and Mike Minor missing significant time. Collapse Description
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15

0-0 - 5/21
With an offense built on power, led by Chris Davis’ 53 homers last season, the Orioles hope the rotation can hold up after being the downfall last year. Ubaldo Jimenez signed in the offseason, but will he be enough for Baltimore to finish higher than thirExpand Description
With an offense built on power, led by Chris Davis’ 53 homers last season, the Orioles hope the rotation can hold up after being the downfall last year. Ubaldo Jimenez signed in the offseason, but will he be enough for Baltimore to finish higher than third in the AL East?Collapse Description
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16

0-0 - 1/16
In defending their 2012 World Series title, the Giants fell flat last season, thanks, in part, to the implosion of the rotation. With a capable lineup returning, San Francisco is hoping to see Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Ryan Vogelsong make a comeback.
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17

0-0 - 2/19
The Angels have vastly underwhelmed the past two seasons despite the emergence of Mike Trout as a star in the league. Will this be the season Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally start to pay off for the Halos?
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18

0-0 - 18/30
One year removed from his breakout season, Patrick Corbin is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. While his 14 wins will be missed, Arizona does have the pitching depth to be fine without him.
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19

0-0 - 8/25
The Mariners landed the prize of the offseason by signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240M contract, but outside of him, who else can hit? Seattle is banking on its young, former top prospects to have breakout seasons in an attempt to be surprise contendExpand Description
The Mariners landed the prize of the offseason by signing Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240M contract, but outside of him, who else can hit? Seattle is banking on its young, former top prospects to have breakout seasons in an attempt to be surprise contenders. Collapse Description
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20

0-0 - 20/30
The Padres made things interesting for a bit in the NL West last season and even finished third in the division despite what was pegged a rebuilding year. If San Diego can avoid long losing streaks and inconsistency, its win total should improve.
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21

0-0 - 3/22
After buying the farm — literally — prior to last season, the Blue Jays certainly weren’t expecting a sub-.500 record and a last-place finish in the AL East. The rotation remains the biggest question mark, but the offense can be dominant, assuming everyonExpand Description
After buying the farm — literally — prior to last season, the Blue Jays certainly weren’t expecting a sub-.500 record and a last-place finish in the AL East. The rotation remains the biggest question mark, but the offense can be dominant, assuming everyone is healthy.Collapse Description
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22

0-0 - 1/22
Getting Ryan Braun back from his suspension along with a healthy Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers lineup could return to being elite. However, playing in a division with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds will be a tough hill to climb.
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23

0-0 - 18/27
With Matt Harvey out for the season, the Mets are hoping a 40-year-old Bartolo Colon will be able to repeat his success last year to fill the void. All eyes will be on Zack Wheeler as he tries to replicate his success from his rookie season of ’13.
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24

0-0 - 19/29
The Phillies are betting on an aging lineup featuring Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins to have return-to-form seasons after using the offseason to revamp the rotation behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
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25

0-0 - 5/28
If Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez can avoid injuries for the entire season, the Rockies offense, with what could potentially be a good pitching staff, may be good enough to make Colorado a surprise contender for a wild-card spot.
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26

0-0 - 17/26
Lack of production up and down the lineup was the downfall of the White Sox’s 99-loss season of ’13, despite an above-average pitching staff. Chicago hopes arrivals Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson will be enough to spark the offense.
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27

0-0 - 11/28
Armed with two young stars in Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez, the Marlins made some offseason improvements, highlighted by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. While Miami’s win total should improve from last season, it won’t be making too much noise in the NL EaExpand Description
Armed with two young stars in Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez, the Marlins made some offseason improvements, highlighted by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. While Miami’s win total should improve from last season, it won’t be making too much noise in the NL East. Collapse Description
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28

0-0 - 21/30
Not making any significant offseason moves, the Cubs appear to be content pushing forward in a rebuilding mode. Steps forward from Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Junior Lake would help at least make things interesting this season.
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29

0-0 - 18/29
The Twins anemic offense, which ranked second to last in the AL, wasn’t addressed in the offseason, but the rotation will see some improvement with the signings of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, along with Mike Pelfrey returning.
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30

0-0 - 24/30
After 111 losses last season, the Astros can only go up from here, right? Even though they will remain in the AL West basement, the ‘Stros should at least avoid another 100-loss season with some top prospects, namely George Springer, likely making their dExpand Description
After 111 losses last season, the Astros can only go up from here, right? Even though they will remain in the AL West basement, the ‘Stros should at least avoid another 100-loss season with some top prospects, namely George Springer, likely making their debuts.Collapse Description
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 54 44
Yankees 50 48
Blue Jays 51 49
Red Sox 47 52
Rays 47 53

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 55 41
Indians 50 49
Royals 48 50
White Sox 48 52
Twins 45 53

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 61 37
Angels 59 39
Mariners 53 46
Astros 41 58
Rangers 40 59

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 54 43
Braves 54 45
Marlins 46 52
Mets 46 53
Phillies 43 56

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 55 45
Cardinals 54 45
Pirates 52 47
Reds 51 48
Cubs 40 57

Western Division

TEAM W L
Giants 55 44
Dodgers 56 45
Padres 43 55
Diamondbacks 43 57
Rockies 40 59