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Week18 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.

+5

San Francisco Giants

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Colorado Rockies

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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63-35 - 1/4
With their four-game series at Cleveland set to kick off Monday, New York continues a stretch of AL Central bottom-feeders after beating up on Kansas City over the weekend. Tampa Bay is right around the corner, though.
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60-38 - 1/16
Tampa Bay is first in the AL in runs against and third in the majors in runs batted in. That combination tends to lead to a lot of wins. And it has for the Rays.
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3

58-39 - 2/28
The unheralded ace of one of the top pitching units in baseball, Mat Latos (11-4, 106 K's, 2.48 ERA, 0.99 WHIP), is back from the DL after straining his oblique while holding back a sneeze.
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4

58-41 - 3/20
One of the AL's hottest and most complete teams right now, the Rangers are widening the gap out West after taking three of four from the Angels. Time is running out for the rest of the division to make their move. Josh Hamilton remains in the hunt for theExpand Description
One of the AL's hottest and most complete teams right now, the Rangers are widening the gap out West after taking three of four from the Angels. Time is running out for the rest of the division to make their move. Josh Hamilton remains in the hunt for the Triple Crown.Collapse Description
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5

57-41 - 3/23
Newly acquired Alex Gonzalez is hitting for average (.325 since joining the Braves) but not power (0 HR, 2 RBI) in 10 games for the Braves. The rotation has carried this team led by Tim Hudson and his Cy Young candidate resume (10-5, 2.47 ERA with 16 qualExpand Description
Newly acquired Alex Gonzalez is hitting for average (.325 since joining the Braves) but not power (0 HR, 2 RBI) in 10 games for the Braves. The rotation has carried this team led by Tim Hudson and his Cy Young candidate resume (10-5, 2.47 ERA with 16 quality starts). Collapse Description
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56-44 5 3/18
Lots of talk of the Giants trying to add some offense but Aubrey Huff (.407, 2 HR, 5 RBI this past week) and Buster Posey (.447, 7 HR, 22 RBI in July) are flat-out raking as this team continues to keep up with the Padres.
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56-44 1 1/23
There might not be a spot left come October for the Sox, who have just four wins in their last 11 games. Getting Josh Beckett back will help, but will the return of the injured battalion be too little, too late?
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54-44 1 7/28
The first-place White Sox know that the Central title is up for grabs, which is why manager Ozzie Guillen is willing to try anything. Even (gulp), yes, the closer-by-committee approach.
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55-44 1 3/14
Is Roy Oswalt in the cards for St. Louis? If so, this inconsistent offense won't need to do much for the rotation to win games.
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10

54-46 2 1/15
Things look to be swinging back in Minnesota's direction at the perfect time. There's turmoil in Chicago and Magglio Ordonez is injured in Detroit. The Twins sit just one game back behind the White Sox.
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11

55-46 1 2/28
"Cortisone shot" and "Scott Rolen" in the same sentence is never a good thing. The Reds will have to figure out how to stay in the NL Central race without their resurgent third baseman, who hasn't played since July 16 because of hamstring problems.
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12

53-46 3 5/23
After getting out of the gate slowly to start the second half, the Dodgers are battling to stay in the tight NL West race without Manny, who is on the DL once again.
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13

53-46 3 1/16
The Phils might have missed out on Haren ¿ for now ¿ but just got Chase Utley back and are only five games back of the NL East lead. Maybe sending Jayson Werth to Anaheim for Mr. Haren would help both the Halos and the Phils.
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52-50 3 2/23
Joe Saunders was unable to follow up two consecutive 16-plus-win seasons with any success in 2010, so the Angels were forced to act before the deadline. Haren will bring some stability to the top of their rotation and might just be the answer to the RangeExpand Description
Joe Saunders was unable to follow up two consecutive 16-plus-win seasons with any success in 2010, so the Angels were forced to act before the deadline. Haren will bring some stability to the top of their rotation and might just be the answer to the Rangers' acquisition of Cliff Lee.Collapse Description
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15

51-48 8 7/18
Losers of five straight, the Rockies need to help Ubaldo Jimenez (18 earned runs in his last 23.1 innings) find his way before they fall out of the NL West race altogether.
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50-48 3 7/27
Oakland is on a roll, with just two losses in its last 11 games. If the A's are going to make a run, they're going to need Dallas Braden, who picked up his first win since May 9 on Sunday against the White Sox, to get back into form. And yes, May 9 was tExpand Description
Oakland is on a roll, with just two losses in its last 11 games. If the A's are going to make a run, they're going to need Dallas Braden, who picked up his first win since May 9 on Sunday against the White Sox, to get back into form. And yes, May 9 was the perfect game.Collapse Description
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50-49 3 5/24
Carlos Beltran hit a whopping .100 this past week and the Mets are struggling on offense (23rd in AVG, 24th in HR, 22nd in RBI). The bats need to come alive or the Mets could quickly find themselves near the cellar in the NL East.
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18

51-47 5 6/21
Losing Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge is a big blow for the Tigers, but help could be on the way. Detroit is reportedly interested in acquiring Mike Lowell before the deadline. Lowell's 2010 numbers are misleading, as he has shown that he can still prodExpand Description
Losing Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge is a big blow for the Tigers, but help could be on the way. Detroit is reportedly interested in acquiring Mike Lowell before the deadline. Lowell's 2010 numbers are misleading, as he has shown that he can still produce when given a consistent role.Collapse Description
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19

51-49 1 5/24
The Blue Jays are once again suffering from a season's worth of debilitating AL East syndrome, stuck in a division full of Yanks, Sox and Rays. And once again, they're going to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. Reliever Scott Downs appears most liExpand Description
The Blue Jays are once again suffering from a season's worth of debilitating AL East syndrome, stuck in a division full of Yanks, Sox and Rays. And once again, they're going to be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. Reliever Scott Downs appears most likely to be dealt, but he won't be going far. Boston and New York are the front-runners to land him.Collapse Description
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20

50-49 - 9/24
The Marlins, winners of seven of their last 10 (four in walk-off fashion), look more like contenders than sellers as the deadline approaches.
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21

48-53 - 9/26
While several teams seem to be interested in acquiring Prince Fielder, the Brewers have quietly won four straight and could make a late run at the NL Central.
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22

41-58 2 13/29
In typical "Major League" fashion, Cleveland turned a lot of heads after roaring out of the break with six straight wins. But the Indians have lost two in a row and will be brought back to a sobering reality when the Yanks come to town for a four-game setExpand Description
In typical "Major League" fashion, Cleveland turned a lot of heads after roaring out of the break with six straight wins. But the Indians have lost two in a row and will be brought back to a sobering reality when the Yanks come to town for a four-game set this week.Collapse Description
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23

46-54 1 14/29
As Sweet Lou takes his victory lap, do the Cubs have enough composure to keep the "W" flag waving atop Wrigley Field? Composure is the key as Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to return to the Baby Bears this week after his unpaid vacation and some anger manaExpand Description
As Sweet Lou takes his victory lap, do the Cubs have enough composure to keep the "W" flag waving atop Wrigley Field? Composure is the key as Carlos Zambrano is scheduled to return to the Baby Bears this week after his unpaid vacation and some anger management classes.Collapse Description
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24

42-57 1 12/30
Is this the last week Adam Dunn will don the stars and stripes in D.C.? Whether the "Big Donkey" is still there or not, the youth movement is in full swing as the Nats' top pick in 2007, Ross Detwiler, joined fellow first-rounders Drew Storen and StephenExpand Description
Is this the last week Adam Dunn will don the stars and stripes in D.C.? Whether the "Big Donkey" is still there or not, the youth movement is in full swing as the Nats' top pick in 2007, Ross Detwiler, joined fellow first-rounders Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg on the big-league roster.Collapse Description
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25

42-57 - 23/30
Kansas City was dealt a deadline sucker-punch when David DeJesus went down for the season with a ligament tear in his right thumb. The Royals were potentially looking to trade the team's BA and OPS leader in DeJesus. At least they'll get another look at AExpand Description
Kansas City was dealt a deadline sucker-punch when David DeJesus went down for the season with a ligament tear in his right thumb. The Royals were potentially looking to trade the team's BA and OPS leader in DeJesus. At least they'll get another look at Alex Gordon, who was excelling at AAA Omaha before being called up on July 23.Collapse Description
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26

40-59 2 16/30
Oswalt isn't helping the Astros' case to trade him. With his salary, no-trade clause and recent performance (he was shelled in his last outing, allowing six runs on nine hits in five innings against the Reds on Saturday) the Astros will have trouble gettExpand Description
Oswalt isn't helping the Astros' case to trade him. With his salary, no-trade clause and recent performance (he was shelled in his last outing, allowing six runs on nine hits in five innings against the Reds on Saturday) the Astros will have trouble getting the two major-league-ready prospects they want in return.Collapse Description
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27

39-61 1 13/29
Frustrations are boiling over in Seattle, where things still aren't settled between a disconcerted Chone Figgins and manager Don Wakamatsu. On a positive note, they just split a series with the Red Sox. Not bad for a team that ranks last in the majors in Expand Description
Frustrations are boiling over in Seattle, where things still aren't settled between a disconcerted Chone Figgins and manager Don Wakamatsu. On a positive note, they just split a series with the Red Sox. Not bad for a team that ranks last in the majors in batting average, home runs, RBI and hits.Collapse Description
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28

37-62 1 14/28
The Diamondbacks parted ways with their ace for Joe Saunders and two pitching prospects, all in the midst of a 4-game losing streak. Things surely cannot get worse for the Snakes. Or can they?
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34-64 - 19/30
The Pirates rank in the bottom five in baseball in ERA (28th), Strikeouts (28th), WHIP (27th), AVG (28th), HR (26th) and RBI (28th). On the bright side, youngster Pedro Alvarez is hitting .346 with 4 HR and 8 RBI over the past week.
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30

31-68 - 20/30
The Orioles' offense isn't as bad as their 31-67 record illustrates. However, the pitching is. Baltimore ranks 28th or worse in the major pitching categories and reliever David Hernandez is tied with Jeremy Guthrie for the team lead in wins with four.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Blue Jays 8 6
Yankees 7 6
Rays 7 7
Orioles 6 7
Red Sox 5 9

Central Division

TEAM W L
Tigers 6 4
White Sox 8 6
Indians 6 7
Twins 6 7
Royals 5 7

Western Division

TEAM W L
Athletics 10 4
Mariners 7 6
Rangers 7 7
Angels 6 8
Astros 5 9

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Braves 9 4
Nationals 8 6
Mets 7 7
Phillies 6 7
Marlins 6 9

Central Division

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

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 9 5
Giants 9 5
Rockies 7 8
Padres 6 8
Diamondbacks 4 13