2011 MLB Preseason Power Rankings

by on January 14, 2011 · 1 comment

Tony over at MLB Blog Buzz sent an e-mail yesterday asking for submissions for a group Power Ranking project they’re working on, so naturally Dennis and I were happy to oblige.

Once I got into ranking the teams, I realized that outside of the top five and bottom five, doing this during the preseason is really a wild, likely-to-be-wrong crapshoot. But he’ll, what isn’t these days?

I’ve admittedly not paid an extensive amount of attention to the offseason moves of the rest of the league that haven’t made huge headlines, but I think I’ve got a half-decent handle on who’s significantly improved or regressed.

With that said, either Dennis or I apparently have the opportunity to look really smart or really foolish on the Tampa Bay Rays.

As for the rankings, enjoy:

Dennis PH8
1 SF BOS
2 BOS PHI
3 PHI NYY
4 TEX TEX
5 CHA SF
6 STL TBY
7 CIN MIN
8 OAK CHA
9 NYA ATL
10 MIN CIN
11 MIL STL
12 LAA MIL
13 ATL COL
14 COL OAK
15 DET SD
16 CHN TOR
17 LAN CHN
18 FLA DET
19 BAL LAA
20 SD NYN
21 TOR FLA
22 HOU LAN
23 SEA HOU
24 NYN SEA
25 WSN BAL
26 TBY ARZ
27 ARZ WSN
28 PIT CLE
29 CLE PIT
30 KC KC

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Dennis January 14, 2011

I relish the opportunity to look foolish, and this power rankings list proves that. I’m sure that the Rays are better than the 26th most talented team, but I’m ranking them based on other factors. The Yankees aren’t taking a huge step back (yet), and the Red Sox got a lot better, so the games against those two teams are still really tough. The Rays made some personnel moves (Crawford, Garza, and Bartlett) that aren’t great for morale. Sure, Bartlett was basically an extra part, and Garza wasn’t their top guy, but the impression is that they are stocking up for another year. The loss of Crawford is huge, though.

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