MLB Power Rankings: The Divisions

Ranking the Best Divisions in Baseball

Rockies
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We're over a month into the season, and we can already start to see which division races are going to be dogfights, and which teams -- ahem Tigers -- will have a cakewalk to the postseason. The three favorite words of any baseball fan, "It's still early" indeed applies, but right now, the power lies on the coasts.

6. AL Central

Detroit Tigers
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6. AL Central

Detroit Tigers
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Even though you'll find the Tigers at the top of the Power Rankings, having won six straight and 8 of 10, the rest of the division is floundering. The White Sox and Twins have two of the three worst ERAs in all of baseball, while the Royals and Indians have the third and fourth worst team OBP -- not a great combination.

5. NL Central

Pittsburgh Pirates
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5. NL Central

Pittsburgh Pirates
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Two big stories early in this division: The shockingly good play of the Milwaukee Brewers, and the disappointing start of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brew crew is the best in the bigs at 22-11, and have gotten tremendous effort from their starting rotation. The Pirates, on the other hand, look like a sinking ship.

4. AL West

Oakland A's
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4. AL West

Oakland A's
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The A's have baseball's best run differential at +49. The Angels look improved from a season ago, with a healthy Albert Pujols, but seem to lack the depth in their rotation to sustain success. The Rangers are waiting for their new toy Prince Fielder to wind up, and the Houston Astros are, well, the Astros. Having them in your division certainly brings you down a peg.

3. NL East

Miami Marlins
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3. NL East

Miami Marlins
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The Braves got off to a hot start before their bats went dead. And even though they boast the best team ERA in baseball, they have lost seven straight. The Miami Marlins are turning heads, simply because they're playing solid ball. They own the best home record in the bigs. Will it last? Probably not, but it's certainly fun to watch Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton.

2. AL East

New York Yankees
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2. AL East

New York Yankees
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Widely recognized as the best division in baseball, the AL East is off to a less than inspiring start as a whole. Mostly because they keep beating each other up. The World Champion Boston Red Sox are struggling to score with RISP. The New York Yankees can't find a reliable starter other than their prized rookie import, Masahiro Tanaka.

1. NL West

San Francisco Giants
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1. NL West

San Francisco Giants
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From worst to first. Last year the Los Angeles Dodgers won the division by a league-best 11 games. This year, the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies look poised to make this a six-month melee for the division. The Giants boast two of the best free agent acquisitions so far, Tim Hudson and Michael Morse. LA eagerly awaits the return of their ace Clayton Kershaw, while the Arizona Diamondbacks find their manager already on the hot seat.

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