Brad's Power Rankings
Arroyo and the Reds are off to a hot start.
Arroyo and the Reds are off to a hot start.

Posted May 14, 2006


In our first edition of Brad’s Power Rankings, we take a look at where each team falls on in our rankings. Bronson Arroyo is off to a great start for the Cincinnati Reds, but where does that leave them in our rankings? The Power Rankings will run every Sunday from now until the end of the season.

1. Chicago White Sox (NR)- The White Sox have picked up right where they left off in 2005, as they have sole possession of first place in the American League Central. Jim Thome is back in the AL, and his bat couldn’t be happier.

2. St. Louis Cardinals (NR)- Albert Pujols hit his 19th home run in his team’s 37th game, which is a Major League Record. At this pace, is 74 really out of the question? The pitching staff is also solid, as Chris Carpenter is having another great season.

3. New York Mets (NR)- Omar Minaya wheeled and dealed during the offseason, and there is now quite a buzz around Flushing, Queens. The farm system may be weak, but this team is poised and ready to win now.

4. Cincinnati Reds (NR)- Yeah that’s right, the Cincinnati Reds. Bronson Arroyo has been great since joining the National League, and Junior blasted a game-winning home run in his return from the disabled list.

5. Detroit Tigers (NR)- Jim Leyland has this team playing great ball, and all those young pitchers are starting to show their potential. Chris Shelton (11 home runs) has been a pleasant surprise this season.

6. New York Yankees (NR)- Hideki Matsui may be out for the season, but they Yankee lineup is good enough to survive without him. If they could survived without Derek Jeter a few years ago, then this should not worry fans too much.

7. Houston Astros (NR)- The ‘Stros are right in the thick of things again, as they wait for a decision by Roger Clemens. Can someone explain what happened to Brad Lidge? Could take the series from Colorado on Sunday.

8. Boston Red Sox (NR)- The Sox took two out of three against the Yankees in New York this past week, and Josh Beckett looks like he could definitely win 20 games in the future. Why do the Yankees even try to pitch to David Ortiz?

9. Philadelphia Phillies (NR)- The Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, although they lost a key cog when Aaron Rowand went down this past week. Jon Lieber and Cole Hammels flirted with special nights in back-to-back outings, as they moved to two games out of first place.

10. Toronto Blue Jays (NR)- Roy Halladay is showing that Cy Young form once again, and B.J. Ryan has been terrific. One sour point has been Josh Towers’ 0-7 record. It was good news that A.J. Burnett has no structural damage in his arm.

11. Colorado Rockies (NR)- The Rockies have been a nice surprise this season, as they currently are tied for first place in the National League West. Todd Helton is back swinging the bat well, and Jeff Francis looks like he has the ability to be a good Major League starter.

12. Texas Rangers (NR)- Kevin Mench has been having a special season, and also set the consecutive games with a home run record. The other Kevin, Millwood that is, has been having a rough go of it, possessing an ERA over 5.00.

13. San Diego Padres (NR)- Mike Piazza hit a big game-winning home run against Chicago this week, and he looks refreshed since moving to the West Coast to play. The are having a hot month, winning 12 of their 13 games in May.

14. Minnesota Twins (NR)- The Twins are having a rebirth lately, and are two wins away from sweeping the White Sox. Johan Santana has bounced back from a bad start to the season, and now looks to be the best pitcher in the American League.

15. Arizona Diamonbacks (NR)- Brandon Webb is a perfect 6-0 this season, but they need a great start from Miguel Batista to avoid a sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. In Minor League news, Justin Upton is batting .308 for South Bend.

16. Atlanta Braves (NR)- The youth movement in Atlanta has had it’s ups and downs, but the talent is there to make another run at the National League East. Almost banished to the Minor Leagues a few weeks ago, Jeff Francoeur blasted a game-winning grand slam on Saturday night.

17. Cleveland Indians (NR)- C.C. Sabathia has been great since coming off the disabled list, and struck out ten in a losing effort on Saturday. Travis Hafner has been a monster, and already has 32 runs batted in.

18. Oakland Athletics (NR)- Losing a pitcher like Rich Harden would be devastating for any other team in the Major Leagues, but the A’s have the talent to be able to weather this storm. Barry Zito has looked great as of late, and nearly picked up a win at Yankee Stadium this past week.

19. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (NR)- Tim Salmon had a big moment this past week, as the slugger drove in the 1,000th run of his career. They desperately need Jeff Weaver to turn his season around, and he can do just that on Sunday.

20. Los Angeles Dodgers (NR)- Nomar Garciaparra is back, and he is swinging a hot bat. They have been hit by the injury bug, losing Eric Gagne, Brad Penny, and Bill Mueller to name a few.

21. Milwaukee Brewers (NR)- The Brew Crew has an exciting lineup, and Prince Fielder looks to be the real deal. Derrick Turnbow is one of the better closers in the National League, and Carlos Lee quietly has 15 home runs this season.

22. San Francisco Giants (NR)- Everyone is waiting to see when Barry Bonds will hit home runs number 714, and 715. While he chases Babe Ruth, his team will be chasing the Rockies and the Padres all season long.

23. Baltimore Orioles (NR)- Miguel Tejada is just an unbelievable baseball player, and Melvin Mora isn’t too shabby himself. Kris Benson has been a nice addition to the starting rotation, and Brian Roberts seems to have no ill effects from last season’s injury.

24. Seattle Mariners (NR)- The Mariners are going through some rough times lately, as a once proud franchise looks to rebuild. Word is they are trying to move Ichiro, and the Yankees may have their ears open if the phone rings.

25. Chicago Cubs (NR)- Greg Maddux has been great all season for the Cubbies, though it is tough to say that about the rest of his team. Kerry Wood is expected to make his 2006 debut on Thursday against the Nationals, and the Cubs definitely need a shot in the arm.

26. Tampa Bay Devil Rays (NR)- Jonny Gomes has been a bright spot for the Tampa Bay franchise, as he blasted his 13th home run of the season on Saturday. Top-prospect Delmon Young is slated to miss 50 games as a result of his suspension, and I for one feel he should be out for the year.

27. Washington Nationals (NR)- This is probably going to be a recurring theme on the Power Rankings, but Alfonso Soriano seems to be on his way out of Washington. As disgruntled as he is, he has hit 11 home runs this season, and he desperately wants a return to the Bronx.

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)- The Pirates have looked better at times this season, but they are still a long way away from ever being taken seriously. Ian Snell and Zach Duke are two good young pitchers, though the offense is seriously lacking a bat.

29. Kansas City Royals (NR)- Another year, another bad season for the Royals, who have won only ten of their first 34 games. It may be time to bring up top-prospect Alex Gordon, even if it is only to sell some seats.

30. Florida Marlins (NR)- The Marlins have some good young talent, but this is definitely going to be a trying year for first-year Manager Joe Girardi. Hanley Ramirez has the most hits in the National League, and Miguel Cabrera is batting .341 in the middle of a very weak lineup.


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