MLB Power Rankings: Preseason

MLB Power Rankings: Preseason
April 4, 2012, 7:09 pm
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Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be running these power rankings -- but since the regular season gets underway in earnest this week, we're rolling out our pre-season power rankings today. Take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Tony: Not sold on them, but can't deny talent on paper.
JJ: No change at the top of AL from last two years.
Tony: Are Pujols, CJ enough to put them over the top?
JJ: Dan Haren's the best starter this team has.
Tony: Two WS runner-ups, can they finally win one in '12?
JJ: Better hope Pineda's okay.
Tony: Would be higher if Utley, Howard were healthy.
JJ: Rotation's easily still good enough to win the division.
Tony: Great lineup, but rotation questions.
JJ: Great offense, good pitching, laughable defense.
Tony: Love the upstart Rays and the underrated offseason moves.
JJ: Talent is there, can Bobby V bring it together?
Tony: Don't see a collapse in their future with second wild card.
JJ: Wainwright, Beltran should offset loss of Pujols.
Tony: Return of Posey will give offense huge boost.
JJ: Unreal amount of talent in this starting rotation.
Tony: Betting they learned from last year's epic collapse.
JJ: Gallardo, Greinke are a fearsome 1-2.
Tony: Great rotation, have full season of Braun.
JJ: If Josh Johnson stays healthy, playoffs seem likely.
Tony: Young, improving but won't sneak up on anybody anymore.
JJ: Don't sleep on Justin Upton as an MVP candidate.
Tony: Wainwright return is huge, Beltran helps with Pujols loss.
JJ: Should be part of a fun NL East battle.
Tony: Getting there, but can they put it all together in '12?
JJ: BRB, gonna go try to borrow some money from Matt Cain.
Tony: Up-and-coming, will challenge for 2nd wild card.
JJ: Things'll get interesting when Bryce Harper gets called up.
Tony: Will be a great drama, but good enough for postseason?
JJ: BRB, gonna go try to borrow some money from Joey Votto.
Tony: Future is very bright, but 2012 may not be it yet.
JJ: Tough to see them challenging Detroit. Solidly mediocre.
Tony: Can't even count them out, especially late in seasons.
JJ: Get on the Adam Dunn bandwagon while there's still room.
Tony: Is this the year they put together a winning season?
JJ: Hope Moyer can stay in rotation for as long as possible.
Tony: Second best team in AL Central, still not a "good" team.
JJ: Not enough pitching, but Brandon Morrow could be great.
Tony: BeckhamDunnRios rebound, but not drastically.
JJ: Team is meh, but Vin Scully makes them worth watching.
Tony: Magic's ownership will help turn club around.
JJ: Underrated in fairly-weak NL West.
Tony: Could be a Top 10 two or three years.
JJ: Still a few starters away. Offense will score plenty of runs.
Tony: Wish I could rank them higher than Ryno's .
JJ: Jason Bay's situation pretty much sums up this team.
Tony: Season hinges on effectiveness of Mauer, Morneau, Liriano.
JJ: Bet they wish they never traded Wilson Ramos for Matt Capps.
Tony: Nope. Not even with the return of Santana.
JJ: Interested to see how Samardzija fares in the rotation.
Tony: Great farm system, not so great Major-league team.
JJ: Andrew McCutchen is a star; not much beyond him.
Tony: Montero, Ackley enough to score this team runs?
JJ: I want access to Bartolo Colon's magic pixie dust.
Tony: Will be a long year out in Cali.
JJ: Another sad year in a great baseball city.
Tony: A lot hinges on the young, inexperienced pitchers.
JJ: Let's just agree to enjoy the last few years of Ichiro's career.
Tony: Could challenge for worst record in MLB history.
JJ: Quick! Name five players on the Astros. Most can't.