MLB: American League Power Rankings
American League Power Rankings
Many people think of the American League as the dominant league in the MLB, but is has been the National League that has won six of the last 10 world series’. Most of the hype around the AL came from their dominance in the All-Star game throughout the entirety of the 2000s.
Over the last few years, the AL has been led by talented teams from the East like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. However, last year, the tides started to change as the Baltimore Orioles earned a spot in the playoffs as a wild card team.
In the Central division, the Detroit Tigers have consistently been the best team in that division. Second chair goes to the 2005 World Series Champions, the Chicago White Sox. Things were not different last season, as these teams finished one-two in the standings. this year looks to be a lot of same, however, the Kansas City Royals could jump into the top portion of the Central division.
The AL west is hoping to take the torch from the East as the best division in baseball. Last year was a good first step in doing so, as the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics were both able to earn playoff spots. This is arguably the most-talented division with some of the free agent acquisitions that the Los Angeles Angels have made like Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton.
So far in 2013, some surprise teams are off to good starts and teams that were expected to be successful have gotten off to slow starts. Here are my American League Power Rankings through the first two weeks of the season.
15. Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins had low expectations heading into the 2013 season and they haven’t turned any heads so far, as they are at the bottom of the AL Central division with a 4-7 record.
14. Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are one of the most-talented teams in baseball, but they are currently sitting on the worst record in the AL. Josh Hamilton is not hitting the ball well and is attracting a lot of attention with some of his comments.
13. Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox were left with a bad taste in their mouths after their collapse in September last season. That momentum has continued into 2013 as they are off to slow start at 4-7.
12. Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians gave themselves high expectations with their free agent acquisitions of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. So far, manager Terry Francona needs his team to pick it up as the tribe are currently among the bottom-dwellers in the AL Central.
11. Houston Astros
The Houston Astros are probably the only team that is excited to come in at number 11 in the power rankings. But when your expectations are as low as the Astros are, 11th is pretty good. So far the Astros have played excellent defense and have hit enough to win a few games.
10. Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners have seen their offensive numbers increase this season with the new dimensions at Safeco Field, but their pitchers have suffered. The Mariners are likely to continue to frustrate fans with their mediocre play like they have done for the past decade.
9. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays have been hit hard by injuries so far this season as Brett Lawrie and Jose Reyes are currently on the disabled list. R.A. Dickey has yet to find the Knuckleball that won him the NL Cy Young last year and has also been hit hard.
8. Tampa Bay Rays
I believe the Tampa Bay Rays are a lot better than their 4-6 record, but so far everyone except for Matt Moore is off to a slow start. As we know, Tampa is team that saves its best ball for September, so I’m not worried about the slow start.
7. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are fresh off of a very nice season, but there is a lot questions around whether they can repeat or not. So far, the Orioles are doing fine with a 6-5 record led by their dominant bullpen.
6. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are ready to win now. After many disappointing seasons, GM Dayton Moore has decided to go all in this year and so far, his philosophy is working as the Royals are currently leading the AL Central division.
5. New York Yankees
Put all the injuries aside, the New York Yankees know how to win and come mid-season just about everyone will be healthy and the Yankees will be in playoff contention. However, if injuries continue to be a problem, it could be a long season for the “Bronx Bombers”.
4. Detroit Tigers
Although they lost in the World Series last year, the Detroit Tigers have brought over a lot of positive momentum from last season as they have started off well, going 6-5 in their first 11 games. Detroit is probably the most complete team in baseball and if they can find a respectable closer, they will be in contention in October for another season.
3. Boston Red Sox
New manager John Farrell has done a great job in his first two weeks at the helm with the Boston Red Sox. So far, his team is 6-4 and in first place in the division. Hopefully, Farrell can keep the clubhouse intact and the Red Sox will continue to play good baseball.
2. Texas Rangers
Even though they chased away core players like: Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young, the Texas Rangers have managed to still win games. The Rangers have gotten solid contributions from Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler so far leading to their 7-4 record.
1. Oakland Athletics
The Oakland Athletics are continuing the momentum from their miracle run to win the AL west on the last day of the season last year. Oakland is currently the only team in the AL that is playing solid baseball, with a 9-3 record.