Friday, February 22, 2008

All Star Weekend Power Rankings

The Title Contenders
1 (+1) Pittsburg 63-28: Last season's NL champion looks for a repeat. They have the pitching, batting, and fielding to go all the way.
2 (+1) Chicago 62-29: The current champions have the same pitching rotation and batting line up as last season. Solid pitching and an explosive offensive make the Mayhem an overwhelming challenge for any team facing them in the playoffs.
3 (+1) Scottsdale 59-32: Scottsdale won Season 1 World series, and are looking for their seventh straight division title. They have been an elite team from the beginning and show no signs of slowing down.
4 (+1) New Orleans 59-32: With two World Series appearances behind them, the Card Sharks have possibly their best team yet. Look for them to make their fourth ALCS in seven seasons, and see if they can bring home the title to the big NO.
5 (+1) Philadelphia 59-32: World Series winners in season 4 and five straight playoff appearances. They are on pace to win 100+ games and be a serious challenger in the National League
6 (-5) Boston 59-32: They have been the class of the National League up until their current 9 game losing streak. They have the pieces to come out of the NL and face the AL champion.

Playoff Contenders - Title Pretenders
7 (+2) Charleston 54-37: Unfortunately they play in the NL East where Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and Boston are positioned to take the Division Title and the two Wild Card spots. I have a feeling that the Chiefs won't go down without a fight.
8 (unranked) Helena 52-39: The hottest team in the league right now. Helena is looking for their first winning season and playoff appearance. They are headed in the right direction.
9 (+1) Memphis 52-39: Memphis appears to be headed for their fourth Wild Card in five seasons. They probably can't catch New Orleans, but are sure to be around come playoff time.
10 (-3) Las Vegas 52-39: It will be hard for them to catch Scottsdale or either Wild Card spot without an extraordinary surge.
11 Tampa Bay 50-41: If the season ended right now, Tampa Bay would be a Wild Card team, giving the club their first ever playoff berth. Good things are happening in Tampa Bay.
12 Houston 49-42: Winners of season 5 World Series, they are headed for their seventh straight NL South division title.
13 San Juan 48-43: Winners of season 2 World Series, they are headed for their seventh straight AL East division title. They picked up Del Lopez in the International market.
14 Arizona 47-44: Leading the AL West right now over Sacremento and LA. This would be their second Division Title in three years. They signed International prospect Jesus Ortiz this season.

"Just a bit outside" of contending for playoffs
15 Florida 45-46: They have changed their strategy a bit this year and have been active with several trades. It is too early to tell how this strategy will work for Florida.
16 Sacramento 44-47: They won the World Series in season 3, and are three games away from Arizona in the AL West. They had 5 of the first 50 picks in this year's amateur draft. Time will tell if Richard Robertson, Stan Diaz, Sticky Weathers, Lyle Munoz, and Damaso Valdes help get them back to an elite ML club.
17 Nasheville 44-47: Nasheville got off to a great start this season and are currently 5 games away from Houston in the NL South.
18 Texas 44-47: They are still alive in the NL South. It is going to take a great run to knock off Houston and win the division. They signed Don Chen, an International signing.
19 Los Angeles 43-48: Four games out of the division lead in the AL West. Can they beat out Arizona and Sacramento for the Division title?

Rebuilding & NL North Division Champion
20 Ottawa 41-50: They finished 2 games under .500 last season, and will need to play a little better ball if they are to break .500 this season.
21 Tacoma 40-51: If playoffs started today, they would win the NL North. If they were in the NL East, they would be 23 games out of the lead and 19 games out of Wild Card race. They won the biggest International Prospect prize so far this season in Timo Martin, as well as Keith Sosa in the amateur draft.
22 Honululu 40-51: They should improve from last season's 71 wins. Look for them to be +.500 next season as they continue to rebuild.
23 Atlanta 39-52: They have spent over 20M this season on prospects to help them improve, including Felipe Jose and Otis Lansing.
24 San Jose 38-53: San Jose has been +.500 five of the past six seasons. All of their farm system has winning records, and they should be back to +.500 in the ML next season.
25 Cleveland 38-53: Two games out of first place in the NL North. They won the divison last season with a 83-79 record.
26 Louisville 38-53: They have spent 27.0 M on prospects this season to help get them out of the cellar. These prospects include Bart Purcell, David De La Vega, and Ivan Sosa.
27 Omaha 36-55: camp is in the second year of the rebuilding project in Omaha. Look for Omaha to be a strong team in the next couple of seasons. They signed international prospect Tony Rojas and picked up Tracy Wilkins in the amateur draft.
28 Baltimore 37-54: They have a strong offense. If they can get some solid pitching to go with their bats, they can get things turned around in Baltimore.
29 Seattle 33-58: They are in the rare spot of competing for the Divisional title and #1 draft choice next season. They drafted Antonio Satou and signed International prospect William Whang.
30 Minnesota 33-58: Like Seattle, they are competing for the NL North title and #1 draft choice.
31 Toledo 31-60: They are retooling for next season to chase down Chicago and Helena in the NL North. They picked up Eddie Whitaker in this season's draft.
32 Iowa City 27-64: It appears they are headed for another 100 loss season. They took McKay Rizzo with the first pick of this season's draft. They will get another top pick in the draft next season to get things turned around.

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