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MLB Power Rankings 2014: Ranking The Top 10 Teams Entering The Season

Who are the Contenders to Win the 2014 World Series

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With spring training wrapping up and the MLB regular season right around the corner, it’s time to take a quick look at the top 10 teams in baseball right now. These of course are subject to change throughout the lengthy season and will be updated each week, but it’s always nice to get a feel of where the top teams stack up as we prepare ourselves for a marathon of sports betting.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers spent a ton of money on their baseball team, but it may be worth it at the end of the season. With Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig leading the way, the Dodgers should have no problem being one of the highest scoring offenses in the game. Having Clayton Kershaw as the ace also helps. There’s a reason the Dodgers are the favorite to win it all right now at +700.

MLB Power Rankings 2014: Ranking The Top 10 Teams Entering The Season

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2. Detroit Tigers – Even with losing power hitter Prince Fielder, the Tigers still have a solid, solid lineup centered arguably the best player in baseball in Miguel Cabrera. But Detroit will go as far as its pitching takes it with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Joe Nathan closing the door. Don’t bet against the Tigers very often this season.

3. Texas Rangers – The Rangers were already a top 10 scoring team with 730 runs last season. Now Texas added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to the lineup. Let’s just say the Rangers are going to be involved in plenty of games that go over the total. The Rangers also have a solid pitching rotation led by one of the best arms in the game in Yu Darvish.

4. St. Louis Cardinals – You can’t ignore the Cardinals, as they’ve been one of the more consistent franchises over the years. Last season, the Cardinals were top five in ERA and runs scored. Talk about efficiency. St. Louis is solid at every position and still has its ace in Adam Wainwright.

5. Washington Nationals – The Nationals are going to be the most exciting team in baseball with a ton of youth and Bryce Harper leading the pack. But Washington may have the best pitching rotation in all of baseball. With Doug Fister being the fourth starting pitcher, the Nationals are in good hands. If Stephen Strasburg stays healthy, Washington could win the World Series.

6. Boston Red Sox – It’s tough to leave the defending champions off a list like this. And although the Red Sox lost Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston still has a ton of veteran leadership such as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino. The pitching rotation also isn’t too shabby, especially if Jake Peavy can stay healthy for an entire season.

7. San Francisco Giants – They say pitching win championships, well, it doesn’t get much better than the San Francisco Giants. With Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain in charge, the Giants will remain in the playoff hunt. The Giants just need to find ways to put more runs on the board.

8. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates are pretty much in the same boat as the Giants. A lot of great pitching and not enough offense. Still, the Pirates pitching rotation is fantastic, especially if Gerrit Cole can last an entire season. It also helps that Pittsburgh has one of the best overall players in outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

9. New York Yankees – The Yankees went out and bought their way back to being relevant. With the additions of Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and a healthy Mark Teixeira (and Derek Jeter), the Yankees should have no problems scoring runs. If C.C. Sabathia returns to form and Masahiro Tanaka lives up to the hype, the Yankees will once again be playing in the postseason.

10. Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays are being a little undervalued by Vegas right now at +1100 to win the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the more consistent teams over the past couple of years and return majority of last year’s squad. This is a veteran team led by David Price and Evan Longoria. If the Rays stay healthy, I give them more than a punchers chance to win it all. 

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