MLB Power Rankings: Regular Season

MLB Power Rankings: Regular Season
October 1, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings.

Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23 | Week 24

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

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1 Cardinals Red Sox

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: Carlos Beltran wasn't great this year (2.0 WAR, 24 HR), but he has a knack for playoff theatrics.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Underrated star Daniel Nava, who had .831 OPS in regular season.

2 Red Sox Cardinals

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: John Lackey's surprisingly-good season (3.52 ERA, 29 starts) could key a deep Boston rotation.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Matt Carpenter. If he slumps, offense will suffer.
3 A's A's

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: Josh Donaldson (7.7 WAR) can become a household name with a big postseason.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Coco Crisp. Showed surprising power (22).
4 Braves Braves

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: Evan Gattis brings a big bat (21 HR), but could his shaky play in left come back to hurt them?

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Brian McCann. Will this be his last hurrah with Braves?
5 Pirates Tigers

JJ: Playoffx X-Factor: Getting the wild card start is Francisco Liriano, who's come back from the dead for a great season (3.02 ERA, 9.11 K/9).

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Joaquin Benoit. Can he retain regular season success?
6 Tigers Indians

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: If Justin Verlander keeps throwing well (2.27 ERA, 48 K, 10 BB in 6 September starts), could be the toughest team to beat.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Asdrubal Cabrera. Had a disappointing season, can he rebound in playoffs?
7 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: Because Tony went with Yasiel Puig, I'll say Vin Scully, who's calling some of their games and could call a World Series.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Yasiel Puig. Because of course.
8 Indians Pirates

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: If Justin Masterson, who topped baseball with 3 shutouts, can close/solve their ninth-inning woes, watch out.

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Pedro Alvarez. McCutchen needs help from lineup.
9 Rays Reds

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: Wil Myers looks like a lock for rookie of the year (.293/.354/.478, 13 HR), but can he keep hitting in the playoffs?

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: Billy Hamilton. Could be huge in one-game playoff.
10 Reds Rays

JJ: Playoffs X-Factor: If Brandon Phillips is healthy, it's a big boost -- but if he's not...

Tony: Playoffs X-Factor: James Loney/David DeJesus -- veterans with something to prove.
11 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Geovany Soto played well as A.J. Pierzynski's backup, especially in September: 1.401 OPS, 3 HR.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Jeff Baker (.905 OPS).
12 Nationals Royals

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Not the most household name, Ian Desmond hit 20 HR and led team in WAR (5.0).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Underrated 2013 star: Salvador Perez (.292 AVG, 13 HR, 79 RBI in 496 AB).

13 Royals Nationals

JJ: Underrated in 2013: 36-year-old Bruce Chen had a 3.27 ERA in 121 innings, because of course he did.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Underrated 2013 star: Tanner Roark (7-1, 1.51 ERA, 0.91 WHIP).
14 Orioles Orioles

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Reformed starter Tommy Hunter found success out of the bullpen (2.81 ERA, 68 K, 14 BB in 86 1/3 IP).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Underrated 2013 star: J.J. Hardy (great defense, 25 HR).
15 Yankees Yankees

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Alfonso Soriano killed the ball in 58 games (17 HR, 50 RBIs).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Underrated 2013 star: David Robertson (2.04 ERA, 33 holds).
16 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Ex-Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock played good defense in center, stole 12 bases and finished with 3.6 WAR.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Gerardo Parra (.726 OPS, phenomenal defense).
17 Angels Angels

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Kole Calhoun only played in 58 games, but hit .282/.347/.462 with eight homers.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Mark Trumbo (34 HR, 100 RBI, 85 R).
18 Giants Giants

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Madison Bumgarner turned in another solid year: 2.77 ERA, 201 1/3 IP.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Brandon Belt (.841 OPS, 17 HR).
19 Padres Padres

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Before his PED suspension, Everth Cabrera had a breakout year (.355 OBP, 37 SB, solid D at short).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Will Venable (.796 OPS, 22 HR, 22 SB).
20 Mets Blue Jays

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Did I go? Marlon Byrd, before his trade to Pittsburgh: .285/.330/.518, 21 HR.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Adam Lind (.854 OPS).
21 Rockies Rockies

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Dexter Fowler had his best year to date (.263/.369/.407, 12 HR, 19 SB).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Michael Cuddyer (.919 OPS).
22 Phillies Brewers

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Cliff Lee is still really good (2.87 ERA, 222 2/3 IP).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Norichika Aoki (55 BBs to only 40 Ks, .356 OBP).
23 Brewers Mets

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Scooter Gennett's line (.324/.356/.479) may be propped up by his BABIP (.380), but a fine season nonetheless.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Daniel Murphy (.286 AVG, 13 HR, 78 RBI).
24 Blue Jays Mariners

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Colby Rasmus hit 22 homers, played excellent defense and led Blue Jays with 4.8 WAR.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Kendrys Morales (.785 OPS, 23 HR).
25 Mariners Phillies

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Overshadowed by King Felix, Hisashi Iwakuma had a 2.66 ERA in 219 2/3 IP.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Chase Utley (.823 OPS, 18 HR).
26 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Pedro Strop pitched well after coming over from Baltimore (2.83 ERA).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Nate Schierholtz (.770 OPS, 21 HR).
27 Twins Twins

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Tony went with him too, but there's nobody else to go with here besides Glen Perkins.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Glen Perkins (2.30 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 36 SVs).
28 Marlins White Sox

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Bizarre no-hitter aside, Henderson Alvarez looked good in 17 starts (3.59 ERA).

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Jose Quintana (17 QS, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP).
29 White Sox Marlins

JJ: Underrated in 2013: If Hector Santiago (3.56 ERA) can be more efficient, could become a great rotation piece to have.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Steve Cishek (2.33 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 34 SVs).
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Underrated in 2013: Duh, see below.

Tony: Underrated in 2013: Jason Castro, which is no surprise if you read these rankings each week.