MLB News: Major League Baseball Power Rankings As Of 10/30/14
MLB Power Rankings
October 30, 2014
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Now that the San Francisco Giants have won the World Series and the offseason has begun, let’s quickly power rank each team in baseball. Of course, these rankings are going to change once free agency and all that jazz gets underway.
1. San Francisco Giants - You win the World Series, you’re going to be crowned the best team in baseball. It’s really that simple. Congrats to the San Francisco Giants for killing my series prediction.
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2. Los Angeles Angels - Despite choking in the playoffs, it’s hard to argue with the team that had the best record in the majors and arguably the best offense.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers clearly need to make some changes if they’re going to take that next step. However, there’s more than enough talent on both sides of the ball for the Dodgers to again make the playoffs.
4. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles had four pitchers who picked up 10 or more wins and an offense that was eighth in runs scored. Getting key guys back on the field will be huge for Baltimore.
5. Washington Nationals - The best thing about the Washington Nationals is that they’re still a young team that will have a few more solid chances to bring a title to the nation’s capital.
6. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have arguably the best starting pitching rotation in baseball and an offense that can drop double digits with ease. The Tigers must address that bullpen to correct last season’s mistakes.
7. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals certainly aren’t the most talented team in the world but they’re young and now know they can win on the biggest stage. Confidence heading into next season is huge for the Royals.
8. St. Louis Cardinals - I still have questions about the St. Louis Cardinals offense but this is a veteran team that somehow finds ways to keep on winning regardless.
9. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics should probably be a few spots higher but their inability to get the job done in the big games has to be frustrating for this fan base.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates - Will this be the season the Pittsburgh Pirates pick up another key bat to help balance things out?
11. Seattle Mariners - Speaking of offense, the Seattle Mariners have too much talent in their pitching staff to miss the playoffs again. One more big bat could do wonders for the Mariners this season.
12. New York Yankees - The New York Yankees will get healthy and if I know them like I think, they’ll make enough moves in the offseason to get back to being competitive despite no longer having Derek Jeter.
13. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have a bright future with a bunch of young talent and an explosive offense. Don’t sleep on the Blue Jays this season.
14. Milwaukee Brewers - There’s no question the Milwaukee Brewers are a talented team and if they didn’t go through such a horrible stretch, they would have been a playoff team. We’ll see what happens with this team during the offseason.
15. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians should have a much better pitching rotation this season but an inconsistent batting lineup may continue to be their downfall.
16. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins seem to be committed to winning after a surprisingly successful season. Don’t be surprised if the Marlins get a deal done with Giancarlo Stanton during the offseason.
17. Boston Red Sox - It’s going to be interesting to see how the Boston Red Sox new team plays with a fresh start. My guess is a lot better than how the old Red Sox started last season.
18. New York Mets - The New York Mets showed promise at times last season and will return majority of their team. Health will go a long way for the Mets.
19. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays are a talented team but no longer have a head coach. Just when the Rays thought their nightmare was over…
20. Atlanta Braves - Remember when the Atlanta Braves were considered a team that could make a run out of the National League? Expect some major changes for the Braves this offseason.
21. Chicago White Sox - If the Chicago White Sox can improve their pitching staff, they have a team that could make some noise in the AL with their offensive potential.
22. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres had a winning second half of the season and could have had an even better year if they were capable of putting runs on the board. Find some hitters and the Padres are cooking with gas.
23. Cincinnati Reds - If only Johnny Cueto was Madison Bumgarner and able to pitch almost every night, the Cincinnati Reds would be a playoff team.
24. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs are expected to hire head coach Joe Maddon. It’s the first of many steps needed for the Cubs to become relevant, but it could help draw some free agents to the windy city.
25. Philadelphia Phillies - Is this going to be the year the Philadelphia Phillies blow things up and start fresh? It’d be nice.
26. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros have a bunch of young talent and showed throughout last season that they can be fun to watch. The problem is the Astros play in the AL and will continue to have issues until the youth matures into something special.
27. Colorado Rockies - Injuries didn’t help the Colorado Rockies out at all. This is a team that could make a major turnaround or continue to disappoint on a large scale.
28. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins haven’t shown much improvement from year-to-year and that pitching rotation was brutal. Minnesota must make a change or two in hopes of turning things around a bit.
29. Texas Rangers - Speaking of pitching, the Texas Rangers have some serious questions they must answer before the new season arrives. In fact, I think the Rangers just allowed another homerun in the middle of me typing this.
30. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks have 179 losses in their last two seasons and had their second-worst season in franchise history last year. Until further notice, Arizona is the worst team in baseball.