MLB News: MLB Power Rankings As Of 3/25/15
MLB Power Rankings
March 26, 2015
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With the 2015 MLB season ready to begin in less than two weeks, let’s take a quick look at how each team stacks up heading into opening day.
1. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals have arguably the best pitching rotation of the last 10 years. Anything less than a championship is a failure.
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2. St. Louis Cardinals - A healthy Molina and the addition of Jason Heyward gives the Cardinals an actual offense to go with a world class rotation.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Dodgers still have a scary lineup and the best pitcher in all baseball. The Dodgers aren’t going anywhere.
4. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners built their team quite quickly and have a nice combination of youth an experience. Lock you Seattle future bets in now.
5. Los Angeles Angels - The Angels are once again going to be one of the best offensive teams in all of baseball. When you can drop double-digits at the drop of a hat, you’re one of the teams to beat.
6. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres already had a top notch pitching staff. Now, with the addition of Matt Kemp and Justin Upton, the Padres are ready to see what the playoffs are all about.
7. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers haven’t won much in the spring, but it’s no secret their overall team is downright scary and ready to make a word series run.
8. Pittsburgh Pirates - The Pittsburgh Pirates are a world series contender if their batting lineup can produce consistently. Even then, that pitching rotation is still filthy.
9. Miami Marlins - Remember when the Miami Marlins were the cheapest team in all of sports? Forget it. The Marlins have bought themselves a team that’s ready to compete with any team in the NL.
10. Boston Red Sox - Remember last season when the Boston Red Sox fell off a cliff? Forget that. Boston is back in contention for a championship.
11. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles aren’t going anywhere, especially now that Manny Machado is 100 percent healthy.
12. Cleveland Indians - Hard to ignore the Cleveland Indians balance, as their pitching and batting lineup usually produces consistently. The Indians will once again compete for a wild card spot.
13. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have an intriguing young team that now has the coach who knows how to put guys in position to win. Could the curse finally be broken?
14. Chicago White Sox - It’s hard not to like the direction the Chicago White Sox are going. This team should be fun to watch in 2015.
15. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have sleeper potential if their pitching staff improves and key guys in their lineup can stay healthy.
16. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants lost a few key guys during the offseason that won’t be easy to replace. Still, the Giants should never be counted out.
17. Kansas City Royals - I was riding the Kansas City Royals bandwagon last season but they’ve gotten off to a rough start in spring, and you have to wonder if they’ll be a letdown after last year.
18. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics have a lot of new pieces, and there have to be questions as to if everything will gell quickly enough to compete in the AL West.
19. New York Mets - The New York Mets have a lot of promise in their pitching staff assuming it can stay healthy. The Mets offense will hold them back in an improved NL East.
20. New York Yankees - Of course, the New York Yankees have a chance to move up quite a bit with a veteran lineup. The problem is I’m not sure you can count on the Yanks rotation and a older lineup to stay healthy.
21. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds don’t have another reliable pitcher besides Johnny Cueto thanks to management getting rid of everybody.
22. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers have more questions than answers when it comes to their rotation, and that’s never a good thing. This will be another tough season for Milwaukee fans.
23. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays lack of consistent offense is going to crush them this season in a brutal AL East.
24. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers are a decent club when every key player isn’t banged up. Well, this season isn’t much different with Yu Darvish now out with surgery.
25. Minnesota Twins - I’m a little higher on the Minnesota Twins than most with the additions they made to their lineup. I still can’t be too high until the Twins rotation stops giving up eight runs per game.
26. Atlanta Braves - There are a lot of new faces in Atlanta, as the Braves clearly hit the reset button after coming up short the last few years. This will be a painful season.
27. Houston Astros - It’ll be interesting to see if the Houston Astros can put together some consistent ball this season with an interesting young roster. Still, a thin rotation will make it hard for Houston to improve much from a year ago.
28. Colorado Rockies - Assuming Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are healthy, the Rockies have a fighting chance to be competitive. However, that Colorado pitching is likely once again going to be dreadful.
29. Arizona Diamondbacks - Yasmany Tomas will be excited to watch but the Arizona Diamondbacks have their work cut out for them once again this season.
30. Philadelphia Phillies - The rebuilding phase has finally began for the Philadelphia Phillies. Besides a possible healthy Ryan Howard, there’s little to be excited about this team.