MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

Week14 Power rankings

Eric Luchetti and Pat DeCola
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Posted January 27, 2011 12:57 PM EST
The winter meetings wrapped up last week with the Red Sox adding outfielder Carl Crawford and all but locking up the top spot in our latest Power Rankings. ... That is until the Phillies and Cliff Lee celebrated an unexpected homecoming late Monday night. All this and more in the special post-winter meetings edition of Power Rankings.

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Cincinnati Reds

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Toronto Blue Jays

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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47-28 - 1/4
Alex Rodriguez's fake uppercut toward former skipper Joe Torre as the two met behind the batting cage Sunday was about the only misstep for the Bombers, who won two more interleague series to remain No. 1 on the charts. Mariano Rivera, who credits Torre fExpand Description
Alex Rodriguez's fake uppercut toward former skipper Joe Torre as the two met behind the batting cage Sunday was about the only misstep for the Bombers, who won two more interleague series to remain No. 1 on the charts. Mariano Rivera, who credits Torre for making his career, had a win and a save in Dodger Stadium. Collapse Description
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46-31 - 1/23
On paper, the one position player the Red Sox cannot do without is hitter/gamer Dustin Pedroia. Now they must do without him for at least a month. Catcher Victor Martinez also may miss extended time. It is a good thing the talent pool is deep -- Bill HallExpand Description
On paper, the one position player the Red Sox cannot do without is hitter/gamer Dustin Pedroia. Now they must do without him for at least a month. Catcher Victor Martinez also may miss extended time. It is a good thing the talent pool is deep -- Bill Hall and Jason Varitek have proven track records.Collapse Description
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45-31 4 2/28
A hero a week keeps the Padres' flying high. Will Venable had three tie-breaking home runs in four games last week, and four homers during a streak in which the Padres won six of seven. Luke Gregerson got his first save of the season Sunday. The Padres haExpand Description
A hero a week keeps the Padres' flying high. Will Venable had three tie-breaking home runs in four games last week, and four homers during a streak in which the Padres won six of seven. Luke Gregerson got his first save of the season Sunday. The Padres have made the playoffs five of the six previous seasons when they held a three-game division lead, and it was 4.5 entering the weekend. Collapse Description
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46-29 2 3/20
The Rangers feasted on the National League, going 14-4 in interleague play, as Josh Hamilton devoured everything in sight. Maybe general manager Jon Daniels should dye his hair every week, as he did last week after the Rangers' winning streak reached 11. Expand Description
The Rangers feasted on the National League, going 14-4 in interleague play, as Josh Hamilton devoured everything in sight. Maybe general manager Jon Daniels should dye his hair every week, as he did last week after the Rangers' winning streak reached 11. Blondes have more fun.Collapse Description
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43-33 3 5/24
One of the few NL clubs to step up in interleague play, the Mets had a franchise-record 13 victories against the AL, splitting six with the Yankees and winning series against Minnesota and Detroit. Lefty Jonathon Niese, 4-0 since coming back from a hamstrExpand Description
One of the few NL clubs to step up in interleague play, the Mets had a franchise-record 13 victories against the AL, splitting six with the Yankees and winning series against Minnesota and Detroit. Lefty Jonathon Niese, 4-0 since coming back from a hamstring injury, started the Mets' major league-high 11th shutout Sunday. Collapse Description
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45-32 3 3/23
Derek Lowe marches on, one victory shy of reaching double digits for the ninth consecutive season since he and his two-seamer were moved into the starting rotation for good by Boston in 2002. Rookie Jason Heyward admits his left thumb has bothered him forExpand Description
Derek Lowe marches on, one victory shy of reaching double digits for the ninth consecutive season since he and his two-seamer were moved into the starting rotation for good by Boston in 2002. Rookie Jason Heyward admits his left thumb has bothered him for two months. Collapse Description
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44-31 3 1/16
The Rays got only seven hits in a three-game series against Arizona over the weekend, no-hit by Edwin Jackson on Friday and two-hit Sunday. Tempers flared in the dugout Sunday, after B.J. Upton loped after a ball in left-center field that turned into a trExpand Description
The Rays got only seven hits in a three-game series against Arizona over the weekend, no-hit by Edwin Jackson on Friday and two-hit Sunday. Tempers flared in the dugout Sunday, after B.J. Upton loped after a ball in left-center field that turned into a triple. The Rays are 12-19 since May 23.Collapse Description
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41-35 3 1/15
The Twins already have shown a willingness to step up by locking up hometown hero Joe Mauer. Now, the Twins have turned their attention to Seattle lefty Cliff Lee, the most coveted starter as the trading deadline nears. Lee's addition to a staff headed byExpand Description
The Twins already have shown a willingness to step up by locking up hometown hero Joe Mauer. Now, the Twins have turned their attention to Seattle lefty Cliff Lee, the most coveted starter as the trading deadline nears. Lee's addition to a staff headed by Francisco Liriano and the reborn Carl Pavano would give the Twins the best starter almost every time out.Collapse Description
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43-35 3 2/23
After another dominant showing by the kings of interleague play -- 10-5 this season -- the Angels play host to the hottest team in the majors, Texas, as Vlad Guerrero makes his return to Angels Stadium. The Angels and Rangers meet 10 times in the next 29 Expand Description
After another dominant showing by the kings of interleague play -- 10-5 this season -- the Angels play host to the hottest team in the majors, Texas, as Vlad Guerrero makes his return to Angels Stadium. The Angels and Rangers meet 10 times in the next 29 games. Collapse Description
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43-34 5 2/28
Talk about a team effort -- the Reds have a different leader in batting average (Brandon Phillips), home runs (Joey Votto) and RBIs (Jonny Gomes) . . . and some would make a case that Scott Rolen has been the most valuable player in the first half. FormerExpand Description
Talk about a team effort -- the Reds have a different leader in batting average (Brandon Phillips), home runs (Joey Votto) and RBIs (Jonny Gomes) . . . and some would make a case that Scott Rolen has been the most valuable player in the first half. Former Gold Glover Phillips is making another run with only two errors.Collapse Description
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42-34 - 3/14
The Cardinals won four of five interleague series, and they continue to do it with quality pitching -- Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia are in the top 10 in ERA, and Wainwright and Carpenter in the top 10 in wins, innings pitched, strikeoExpand Description
The Cardinals won four of five interleague series, and they continue to do it with quality pitching -- Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia are in the top 10 in ERA, and Wainwright and Carpenter in the top 10 in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and ratio.Collapse Description
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12

40-35 2 3/18
Tim Lincecum is 8-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. Very good to excellent numbers. If that means there is something wrong with him then perhaps the microscope needs an adjustment, despite lasting only three innings against Boston oExpand Description
Tim Lincecum is 8-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. Very good to excellent numbers. If that means there is something wrong with him then perhaps the microscope needs an adjustment, despite lasting only three innings against Boston on Sunday.Collapse Description
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41-34 4 6/21
Where is the love? Despite big offensive numbers, rookie left fielder Brennan Boesch is a forgotten man in AL All-Star voting. Jim Leyland knows the territory: "It's about popularity." The Tigers received another umpire apology Sunday, a day after a calleExpand Description
Where is the love? Despite big offensive numbers, rookie left fielder Brennan Boesch is a forgotten man in AL All-Star voting. Jim Leyland knows the territory: "It's about popularity." The Tigers received another umpire apology Sunday, a day after a called third strike on a pitch clearly outside prevented the Tigers from tying a game in the ninth in Atlanta. Collapse Description
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40-34 2 1/16
Jamie Moyer's 506 career homers are not hit by just anyone -- Manny has 10, followed by Carlos Delgado (8), Bernie Williams (7), Frank Thomas (6), Eric Chavez (6) and A-Rod (6). Tell me some of those guys would not trade a homer or two to be playing majorExpand Description
Jamie Moyer's 506 career homers are not hit by just anyone -- Manny has 10, followed by Carlos Delgado (8), Bernie Williams (7), Frank Thomas (6), Eric Chavez (6) and A-Rod (6). Tell me some of those guys would not trade a homer or two to be playing major league baseball, and wearing a World Series ring, at age 47. Collapse Description
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40-37 5 5/24
The G20 summit forced the Jays to play a "home" series in Philadelphia over the weekend, and it did not work out so well, even thought the DH was used and Toronto players got to hear their selected songs before at-bats Long-time teammate Roy Halladay blanExpand Description
The G20 summit forced the Jays to play a "home" series in Philadelphia over the weekend, and it did not work out so well, even thought the DH was used and Toronto players got to hear their selected songs before at-bats Long-time teammate Roy Halladay blanked Toronto over for seven innings Friday.Collapse Description
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41-35 3 5/23
The struggling Dodgers got right-hander Chad Billingsley back in the rotation Monday, but TGIF -- thank goodness interleague finished. After winning two of three from Detroit in late May, the Dodgers went 2-10 against the AL, losing five of six to the AngExpand Description
The struggling Dodgers got right-hander Chad Billingsley back in the rotation Monday, but TGIF -- thank goodness interleague finished. After winning two of three from Detroit in late May, the Dodgers went 2-10 against the AL, losing five of six to the Angels and being swept by Boston.Collapse Description
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39-36 1 7/28
Their 11-game winning streak, bracketed by losses to the Northsiders, vaulted the Sox back into the AL Central race, and six of their 13 pre-All Star break games are against Kansas City. Jake Peavy and the staff gave up 34 runs in a 15-1 run that ended SuExpand Description
Their 11-game winning streak, bracketed by losses to the Northsiders, vaulted the Sox back into the AL Central race, and six of their 13 pre-All Star break games are against Kansas City. Jake Peavy and the staff gave up 34 runs in a 15-1 run that ended Sunday. Collapse Description
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40-36 1 7/18
The Rockies have beaten Francisco Liriano, Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon in the last fortnight, and they were a net gainer in interleague play at plus-three. Six games with NL West leader San Diego and four with division No. 2 San Francisco present a lExpand Description
The Rockies have beaten Francisco Liriano, Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon in the last fortnight, and they were a net gainer in interleague play at plus-three. Six games with NL West leader San Diego and four with division No. 2 San Francisco present a lot of opportunity before the break.Collapse Description
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37-40 1 7/27
Trevor Cahill has won his last six decisions and has given up only 18 earned runs in his last 11 starts to help stabilize the rotation, and a road trip to Baltimore and Cleveland could help them build on a weekend sweep of Pittsburgh. The A's had lost 10 Expand Description
Trevor Cahill has won his last six decisions and has given up only 18 earned runs in his last 11 starts to help stabilize the rotation, and a road trip to Baltimore and Cleveland could help them build on a weekend sweep of Pittsburgh. The A's had lost 10 of 12 entering that series.Collapse Description
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36-40 1 9/24
A new name entered the managerial mix when respected Diamondbacks' third base coach and former Marlins coach Bo Porter -- in Tampa over the weekend -- spoke with management Friday amid reports that Bobby Valentine no longer is a candidate. Hanley Ramirez Expand Description
A new name entered the managerial mix when respected Diamondbacks' third base coach and former Marlins coach Bo Porter -- in Tampa over the weekend -- spoke with management Friday amid reports that Bobby Valentine no longer is a candidate. Hanley Ramirez said he had nothing to do with Fredi Gonzalez's departure, and did not celebrate it.Collapse Description
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34-42 3 9/26
New closer John Axford, a 42nd-round draft choice out of Canisius in 2005, is settling in nicely. He had three saves last week and has converted all seven save chances since taking over the role five weeks ago. Trevor Hoffman, with 596 career saves, also Expand Description
New closer John Axford, a 42nd-round draft choice out of Canisius in 2005, is settling in nicely. He had three saves last week and has converted all seven save chances since taking over the role five weeks ago. Trevor Hoffman, with 596 career saves, also is throwing the ball well.Collapse Description
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33-44 1 12/30
Another Strasmus, another record. Stephen Strasburg's 41 strikeouts in his first four starts were one more than Herb Score's previous major league high. And then there is this -- Strasburg has walked four, all in the same game. With the offense on hiatus,Expand Description
Another Strasmus, another record. Stephen Strasburg's 41 strikeouts in his first four starts were one more than Herb Score's previous major league high. And then there is this -- Strasburg has walked four, all in the same game. With the offense on hiatus, the Nats have been swept in three of their last four series. Collapse Description
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33-43 1 14/29
More discord in the dugout. Petulant RHP Carlos Zambrano acted like a 12-year old Saturday, railing at teammate Derrek Lee after giving up four runs in the first inning, reminiscent of a similar run-in with catcher Michael Barrett a few years ago. ZambranExpand Description
More discord in the dugout. Petulant RHP Carlos Zambrano acted like a 12-year old Saturday, railing at teammate Derrek Lee after giving up four runs in the first inning, reminiscent of a similar run-in with catcher Michael Barrett a few years ago. Zambrano was rightfully suspended by the team.Collapse Description
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33-44 1 23/30
The Royals can tell their grandkids they were the first team to beat Stephen Strasburg, even if they only scored only one run off him last Wednesday when multi-tasking Jose Guillen -- his hitting streak at 21 entering Monday -- drove in the run with a fifExpand Description
The Royals can tell their grandkids they were the first team to beat Stephen Strasburg, even if they only scored only one run off him last Wednesday when multi-tasking Jose Guillen -- his hitting streak at 21 entering Monday -- drove in the run with a fifth-inning single and was ruled to have thrown out the potential tying run out at the plate in the sixth. Collapse Description
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31-44 2 13/29
Erik Bedard, who threw four innings in the Arizona League on Saturday, appears a week or two from returning, an addition that will strengthen an already strong rotation. The acquisition of Russell Branyan indicates hope remains.
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30-47 - 14/28
D-Backs' starters gave up only five hits in 22 2/3 innings in a four-game span ending with a series victory in Tampa Bay last week, the fewest in the modern era (since 1900). Included was Edwin Jackson's 149-pitch no-hitter. The D-Backs' staff also gave uExpand Description
D-Backs' starters gave up only five hits in 22 2/3 innings in a four-game span ending with a series victory in Tampa Bay last week, the fewest in the modern era (since 1900). Included was Edwin Jackson's 149-pitch no-hitter. The D-Backs' staff also gave up 38 walks in those four games. Scouts are paying a lot of attention to Dan Haren.Collapse Description
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30-47 1 16/30
Roy Oswalt has said he will OK a deal to a contender, and suitors should not be scared off by Oswalt's rough Sunday start in Texas. He is 0-5 career against the Rangers, his longest losing streak. The Astros were 3-12 in interleague play.
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28-47 1 13/29
The next round of interleague play cannot come soon enough for Shin-Soo Choo, who had two two-homer games against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo in the annual Ohio Cup. Choo is the only player to have two two-homer games against the same pitcher in inteExpand Description
The next round of interleague play cannot come soon enough for Shin-Soo Choo, who had two two-homer games against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo in the annual Ohio Cup. Choo is the only player to have two two-homer games against the same pitcher in interleague play, according to Elias.Collapse Description
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26-50 - 19/30
The Pirates, trying to avoid their 18th consecutive losing season, are not helping themselves with their road play. They have lost 17 away games following a weekend sweep in Oakland. It is the longest streak in the majors since the Bucs lost 19 in a row iExpand Description
The Pirates, trying to avoid their 18th consecutive losing season, are not helping themselves with their road play. They have lost 17 away games following a weekend sweep in Oakland. It is the longest streak in the majors since the Bucs lost 19 in a row in 1985. They were 2-13 in interleague play.Collapse Description
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23-52 - 20/30
It will take more than a sweep of Washington to get the O's out of the cellar, though four consecutive victories in which they trailed by three runs or more is a good start. Will the Buck restart here? Maybe we'll know by the All-Star break.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Yankees 10 7
Orioles 8 7
Blue Jays 9 8
Rays 8 9
Red Sox 7 10

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 7 6
Royals 8 7
Twins 8 8
White Sox 8 9
Indians 7 9

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 11 5
Rangers 10 7
Angels 8 8
Mariners 7 9
Astros 5 12

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Braves 11 5
Nationals 10 7
Mets 8 8
Phillies 7 9
Marlins 7 10

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 12 5
Cardinals 10 7
Pirates 8 9
Reds 7 9
Cubs 4 11

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 10 7
Giants 10 7
Rockies 9 9
Padres 8 9
Diamondbacks 5 14