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.

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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