Final MLB Power Rankings: Giants No. 1, but who's No. 2?

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Final MLB Power Rankings: Giants No. 1, but who's No. 2?

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Cubs Talk's Tony Andracki and White Sox Talk's JJ Stankevitz ranked all 30 MLB teams. These are the final power rankings -- be sure to check out previous rankings below and offer up your comments to us on Twitter @CubsTalkCSN and @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 First Half Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Regular Season

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Well, duh. They deserve it. Clearly the best team right now.
JJ: Two titles in three years. Good on you, San Francisco.
2
Tony: Don't deserve No. 2 slot, but WS runner-ups have to be, right?
JJ: Best team in baseball in regular season. Bullpen collapse doesn't erase that.
3
Tony: Had a second straight magical year, led NL in run differential.
JJ: Yep. National League had the three best teams in baseball.
4
Tony: Roster packed with talent...but it's an aging group. JJ: Got hot late after plenty of mediocre play.
5
Tony: Really wish they coulda won it all. Great story.
JJ: Incredible run to win the West deserves top-5 love.
6
Tony: Were my NL favorites from start of preseason. Love the core.
JJ: One controversial loss does not make a season. 7
Tony: Called it from outset -- postseason success won't come 'til 2013.
JJ: One loss does not make a season. 8
Tony: I put their chances of repeating at...4 percent.
JJ: Did well to win East, but offense totally tanked in playoffs.
9
Tony: Can they actually play more than one playoff game next year?
JJ: Apparently they play better with backs against the wall.
10
Tony: Everybody's due an off-year, right? World Series or bust in '13.
JJ: No matter what happens next year, '12 was a special year for O's.
11
Tony: My pick to win AL East next year.
JJ: Best team to miss playoffs. Thought about ranking them higher.
12
Tony: Can they really get by without Haren or Ervin?
JJ: Now we sit and wait to see if Trout gets the MVP.
13
Tony: Roster will be loaded next year.
JJ: All that money better pay off in 2013.
14
Tony: Sad end to the season. Will they challenge again in '13?
JJ: 85 wins not bad, but missing playoffs still disappointed.
15
Tony: Really think they should have hung on to Victorino, Pence.
JJ: Great AugustSeptember run fell short.
16
Tony: Will come on fast and furious next year.
JJ: Brutal spate of injuries doomed a talented team.
17
Tony: Norichika Aoki looks like a solid piece.
JJ: Has nothing to do with '12, but don't like the Bell trade at all.
18
Tony: Need to trade young talent for some major-league caliber offense.
JJ: Have some good pieces coming along, but can't fold in August again.
19
Tony: Once young pitching comes along, will be annual contender.
JJ: Like what they're building, but Headley's future is interesting.
20
Tony: Can they ever get over the hump?
JJ: Will moving the fences in help generate some more offense?
21
Tony: Really excited to see how they do next year.
JJ: So. Many. Injuries.
22
Tony: Should be more drama-free next year, at the very least.
JJ: Won't get over the hump until they find some pitching.
23
Tony: Should trade some offense for pitching. Maybe deal with SEA?
JJ: Continue to wallow in mediocrity.
24
Tony: Need to find a way to retain Wright.
JJ: We'll see if Farrell can clean up the mess.
25
Tony: Like Boston, will have much less drama in 2013.
JJ: Baseball's biggest disappointment, and now Ozzie's out of a job.
26
Tony: Don't appear to be anywhere close to a contender.
JJ: Were just awful after the All-Star break.
27
Tony: What is their goal? Are they technically rebuilding?
JJ: Echo Tony's sentiments -- what, exactly, are they doing?
28
Tony: Full season with Tulo, CarGo, Fowler, Rutledge will be interesting.
JJ: Pitching wound up looking like those bad pre-2007 teams.
29
Tony: What if everything goes right next year?
JJ: Gonna be a few years, but like the foundation being built.
30
Tony: Going to be a looooong couple of years, esp in AL West.
JJ: Long way to go, but have a talented front office for the job.

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

There are still two days remaining until the White Sox take the field against their old teammate, but the questions are already coming about what it will be like to face Chris Sale on Tuesday night.

The Boston Red Sox come to the South Side for a three-game series starting Monday afternoon, but the highlight of the set will be Tuesday night's matchup: Sale against his old team, which will counter with another All-Star arm in Jose Quintana.

The White Sox jumpstarted their rebuilding effort this offseason when they traded Sale to Boston, getting a hefty haul back in return led by top prospect Yoan Moncada.

Sale was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball during his tenure in a White Sox uniform and has continued that trend in Boston, where he's posted a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts this season, punching out a league-leading 101 batters in a league-leading 73 innings of work.

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Tuesday night he'll go up against his ex-mates for the first time, something those players are pretty excited about.

"I have so much respect. He was one of the best teammates that I had here in my first three years," first baseman Jose Abreu said Sunday. "That will be fun. He’s a very good pitcher, and we’ll see what happens that day."

"Facing Saler is going to be awesome, big time," Quintana said. "A big moment of the season. He was my teammate. It's a different feeling, but it's good to face the best left-hander in the league. I'm excited and I think he's excited, too. But my focus right now is to do my job. Do my work and do my thing and put us in a good position to win. That's all I can do."

There'll be much more reaction to come from both the White Sox and the Red Sox ahead of the matchup on Monday and Tuesday. But already this big-time showdown against Sale — who made five consecutive All-Star appearances in his seven years on the South Side — is demanding everyone's attention.

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

White Sox settle on starting pitcher for series-opening game with Red Sox on Monday

All eyes are looking ahead to Tuesday night, when the White Sox will welcome Chris Sale back to the South Side, countering with another All-Star hurler in Jose Quintana.

But the pitching matchup has also been set for the series-opening game against the visiting Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon.

David Holmberg will get the ball for the White Sox on Memorial Day. For Boston, it will be David Price's first start of the season.

It will be Holmberg's first start since joining the White Sox. He's made eight relief appearances this season and posted a 0.87 ERA in his 10.1 innings of work.

Holmberg made 12 starts over three major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, turning in a 3-6 record with a 6.99 ERA in 55.1 innings as a starter in 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

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A second-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2009, Holmberg was dealt a year after he was drafted in the trade that brought Edwin Jackson to the South Side. He signed with the White Sox in March of last year and made 32 starts between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, going 10-9 with a 3.72 ERA.

Monday will mark Holmberg's second start of the year at any level. He made one start and five relief appearances at Charlotte earlier this season.

Holmberg allowed one run in his first big league outing of the season back on May 4 against the Kansas City Royals. Since he's allowed just one hit and walked two in 9.2 shutout innings.

Manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he's hoping to get five innings out of Holmberg, which could mean a busy day for the bullpen, too.

"It could be, but he’s actually done well," Renteria said of Holmberg. "Since he’s been with us, I think we’ve had him get up three times already. We’re hoping that we can take him out to a five-inning stint, depending on how many pitches he throws and things like that nature. He was starting obviously in the minor leagues, so he had been stretched out. We’ll see how it goes. Everybody’s going to have to be available, but I’m hopeful that he’s going to give us a good outing."