ESPN PRE SEASON POWER RANKING HANG ON FANS
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| By sactodavey on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 04:03 pm:|
LOOK at espn power rankings
1 2 White Sox 99-63 The first to repeat since the '99-'00 Yankees? Why not. Adding Javier Vazquez gives them even more depth in the starting rotation.
2 4 Athletics 88-74 Add Frank Thomas and Milton Bradley to the lineup and add Esteban Loaiza to an already deep rotation and what do you have? A title contender.
3 5 Yankees 95-67 With Damon, Jeter, A-Rod and Sheffield at the top of the lineup, the Yanks could easily top 900 runs scored and perhaps make a run at 1,000.
4 1 Indians 93-69 Overcoming last September's stretch-drive failures early will be key. How much will they miss Coco Crisp?
5 6 Mets 83-79 Despite all of the offseason upgrades, the Mets could be thin in their starting rotation if an injury or two crops up.
6 10 Red Sox 95-67 Without Johnny Damon patrolling center field, outfield defense could be a big problem for the Sox.
7 3 Cardinals 100-62 This team may very well win the Central, but a third straight 100-plus win season doesn't seem likely.
8 16 Blue Jays 80-82 From A.J. Burnett to Troy Glaus to Bengie Molina, new names will be everywhere this spring at the Jays' camp in Dunedin, Fla.
9 8 Braves 90-72 Marcus Giles in the leadoff spot? Chris Reitsma as the closer? No Leo Mazzone? Oh, so many questions surrounding the Braves.
10 19 Rangers 79-83 With three new starters (Kevin Millwood, Adam Eaton and Vicente Padilla) and one reliable setup man (Akinori Otsuka), the Rangers finally have some pitching to complement their potent offense.
11 7 Angels 95-67 The Angels, 10th in the AL in home runs and ninth in slugging in '05, won't be confused with the '27 Yankees anytime soon. Expect to see the Rally Monkey working a lot of overtime this year.
12 11 Brewers 81-81 Up-and-comers? Possibly. They have a lot riding on youngsters Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Rickie Weeks.
13 15 Giants 75-87 The Barry Show is coming to a stadium (and television) near you -- so get those TiVos ready. As long as King Bonds stays healthy, the Giants will contend and be worth watching.
14 27 Dodgers 71-91 You'll need a program to identify all the new faces in Dodgertown. But after one of the worst seasons in club history, rookie GM Ned Colletti has restored optimism in L.A.
15 14 Twins 83-79 Everybody's preseason darling in '05 can't do any worse, can they? Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer must become offensive leaders.
| By drumme510 on Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 08:22 pm:|
Finally some legit respect, man i dont want the A's to choke this year. Lets Go Oakland!
| By oaktownfan on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 05:27 am:|
No more slow starts! A's have been nortorius for those since 2001 when they went 8-18 to start the season.
I mean only Chavez and Zito are left from those teams yet the A's have some kinda of mentallity that they start off slow and then really turn it on right after the all star break.
| By okplayer on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 03:11 pm:|
no argument here. do think the gnats should be higher...yeah, rip me all.
| By robfre on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 04:36 pm:|
They have started slow, had to fight like hell to get back, then puckered out at the end. They need to be consistent throughout, which will help their stamina for the home stretch.
| By deajay on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 10:49 pm:|
SI picks A's to win the West with the Rangers finishing 2nd.
"Oakland. This is the deepest pitching staff, top to bottom, in the majors."
| By okplayer on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 11:43 pm:|
deajay nice to have you back!
Are these predictions running in circles? There is some good consistency...
ESPN: "the Yanks could easily top 900 runs scored and perhaps make a run at 1,000."
Whereas, the following was attributed to Mitchel Lichtman and posted Feb. 8 on http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/ "With a little luck, they [Yankees] could score 1000 runs in 2006. I think that 900 is a slam dunk."
By the way, on the Yankees site, the A's won the AL West in over 75% of their 2006 computer trial runs. The A's projected runs scored minus runs allowed difference of 126 runs is the best in baseball (Cardinals are 114).