Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NL Power Rankings

A new feature that I am looking to start is ranking the teams in the National League. I don't follow the American League as closely so I decided just to leave them out.

The first edition is below, I figure to start updating regularly after games get started in the Spring or after something big happens that shakes things up in the off-season.

In the comments section I have gave a quick run down and my general thought on wins for each team. We will see how I do as things progress.
 
2011 NL Power Rankings: Pre-Spring Training Eddition
Team
RK
Record
Comment
Philadelphia Phillies
1
0-0
I expect that the Phillies will be a juggernaut next season with good offense plus good pitching. 95-100 wins.
San Francisco Giants
2
0-0
The Giants are a good team, but they don't quite have the same juggernaut feel to them as the Phillies. 90-95 wins.
St. Louis Cardinals
3
0-0
The Cards faded badly at the end of last year but are a better team then they showed. Any team with their pitching and Albert Pujols has a chance. 88-93 wins.
Atlanta Braves
4
0-0
The Braves should be a better team then the one that the Giants beat in the NLDS. Dan Uggla was a good pick up. 88-93 wins.
Milwaukee Brewers
5
0-0
The Brewers made a big splashy move getting Zach Greinke to lead the pitching staff. Should be in contention. 85-90 wins.
Colorado Rockies
6
0-0
The Rockies had a signature late charge but fell apart after getting to within a game of the lead. I expect them to be in striking distance again. 85-90 wins.
Cincinnati Reds

7
0-0
The Reds played a above their heads last year and the rest of the division has gotten better. I think that they are solid but not repeating. 85-90 wins.
Los Angeles Dodgers
8
0-0
The dirt bags are a scary team but a bit of a head case. Great depth at SP with a volatile bullpen that could blow wins for this team. 82-87 wins.
Chicago Cubs
9
0-0
The Cubbies should be improved but it is hard with 3 other teams in the division that will be playoff contenders. 80-85 wins.
San Diego Padres
10
0-0
I think that the Padres will come back down to earth with the departure of A-Gon. Could still give the Giants fits with the scrappiness of the team. 78-83 wins.
Houston Astros

11
0-0
The Astros played above .500 ball at the end of last year should bring them back to respectability. 78-83 wins.
Florida Marlins
12
0-0
The Marlins are a young team and young teams can surprise people but hard to imagine them getting past Braves or Phillies in the East. 75-80 wins.
New York Mets
13
0-0
The Mets are trying to deal with some bad moves made in the past with new management. Should hover around .500 this year. 75-80 wins.
Washington Nationals

14
0-0
The Nationals went out spending a ton of money this off season but I expect a disappointment for Washington fans. 65-70 wins.
Arizona Diamondbacks

15
0-0
Arizona could be a team that goes either way with all the young talent. If everything breaks right this could be the 2011 Padres. 65-70 wins.
Pittsburgh Pirates
16
0-0
Hopefully the Pirates lose less then 100 games. I am puling for them to turn it around I just don't know when it will be in the cards for them. 60-65 wins.

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