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Postby daullaz » Tue May 17, 2005 4:57 pm

O.K. I was looking at the player ranking pages on CBS Sportsline when I came across this page:

On the bottom of the rankings is this explanation:

The SportsLine Team Rankings are derived by creating an average of each team's positional players as well as top 5 starters and top 3 relievers. These players' averages are then combined to create the overall ranking. Players are penalized for games missed and pitchers need to meet innings pitched criteria to make the list. The Rankings are updated daily.

Today, the rankings have this as the top-ten:

1. Florida Marlins
2. St. Louis Cardinals
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Boston Red Sox
7. Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Atlanta Braves
9. Los Angeles Angels
10. Los Angeles Dodgers

So, what do you think? Which teams rise and which fall? I think within a month the White Sox will be out of the top ten. They're ranked 2nd in SP and 3rd in RP; somehow, I don't see those trends continuing. I think the Padres, who today sit at number 12, will be high on this list in a month. They don't rank higher than 11th in any one category, but I think their pitching will vault them up in the rankings. Just some ramblings...
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Postby zergeR » Tue May 17, 2005 5:05 pm

Texas should be higher than 20....
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Postby blankman » Tue May 17, 2005 5:05 pm

Moving up? Obviously the Yankees.
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Postby JustAnotherYanksFan » Tue May 17, 2005 5:28 pm

Interesting...I'd probably expect the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs, Mariners and Padres to move up, and I'd expect the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, White Sox, Pirates and Orioles to move down. I'll give a bit of my reasoning, for those who are interested:

The Yankees and Rangers have enough hitting - and solid relievers - to make up for questionable starting pitchers.

The Cubs just have too much talent to be quite that low, and I think when Borowski and Wood return, it may help to settle them down a bit.

The Mariners' pitching may be questionable, but I think their hitting is too good for them to remain that low.

The Padres are just an all-around good team, with some great young pitchers, an excellent bullpen, and a lineup that, while not stellar, is deeper than most people realize and is strong enough to win plenty of games with the help of solid pitching. The only question (in my mind) is the depth of their starting rotation, but when Woody Williams returns, that won't be quite as troublesome.


The Diamondbacks have a solid bullpen, when everyone's healthy, a couple of good hitters (Glaus and Green), and a couple of good pitchers (Vazquez and Webb). After that, I just don't think the D-Backs have a strong enough team to really be that competitive. A lot depends on how their #3-5 starters (Ortiz, Estes, Halsey) perform.

I like the Dodgers' starting pitching, since it has four high-quality starters, even if it lacks a true ace. However, their bullpen no longer has the depth it once possessed, and their lineup will look awfully weak once Milton Bradley and Jeff Kent start to cool down.

The Pirates, in my mind, are a team that is well below average (I apologize to any Pirates fans out there who I'm offending...). There are just plenty of teams ranked below them right now - namely, the Mets, Tigers, Rangers, Cubs, Indians, Mariners, and Giants - who I think are just better teams.

Finally, I think most people would agree that the White Sox and Orioles are due for a decline. Both teams have solid hitting and bullpens - the Orioles' lineup is among the best in the league. However, I think their starting pitchers will come down to earth a bit.
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Postby Simulacrum » Tue May 17, 2005 5:34 pm

Cardinals should be #1.

And D-Backs #7? Even I'm willing to admit that's being awfully generous... :-?
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Postby davidmarver » Tue May 17, 2005 6:00 pm

Padres swept Marlins, took 3 of 4 from Stl. in Busch, and have won 14 of their last 17. They have to be the #1 NL team at this point.
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