National League power rankings

  • Updated: March 30, 2012 - 12:55 PM

1. GIANTS

With injury woes comparable to Minnesota's last year, they still won 86 games. Now, Buster Posey & Co. are healthy, and this team has added depth.

2. DIAMONDBACKS

Jason Kubel's new team could duplicate last year's success, especially if top pitching prospects Tyler Skaggs and Trevor Bauer blossom.

3. PHILLIES

The names -- especially Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee -- still are impressive, but this is an old, brittle team that could nosedive this year.

4. NATIONALS

Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez top an impressive rotation. This team has everything it wants, except a center fielder/leadoff hitter.

5. CARDINALS

Albert Pujols, Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan are gone, and Chris Carpenter is injured, but Adam Wainwright had a great spring coming back from Tommy John surgery.

6. MARLINS

New ballpark, new uniforms, new manager (Ozzie Guillen), new players (Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, Carlos Zambrano) and some huge, new expectations.

7. BREWERS

They'll hope Aramis Ramirez replaces some of what Prince Fielder gave them. Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf are pending free agents.

8. BRAVES

They have plenty of young pitching to make Chipper Jones' last season memorable, but Jayson Heyward needs to pick up his offensive game.

9. REDS

With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols out of the division, the Reds went for it, adding Mat Latos, Ryan Madson and Sean Marshall, but now Madson needs Tommy John surgery.

10. PIRATES

A potential sleeper. They added A.J. Burnett, Erik Bedard, Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas to a team that was 56-50 before finishing 16-40 last year.

11. ROCKIES

Michael Cuddyer's new team has a nice lineup but big pitching questions. Ex-Indians Drew Pomeranz and Alex White need to take the next step.

12. DODGERS

Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp were spectacular last year; Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe were not. If all thrive at once, they could contend.

13. METS

Without Jose Reyes, they look even more awful, but Terry Collins somehow coaxed 77 wins out of 2011 squad, and Johan Santana didn't even pitch.

14. CUBS

Theo Epstein's rebuilding project is underway. Among new faces: manager Dale Sveum, outfielder David DeJesus and pitchers Paul Maholm, Chris Volstad and Travis Wood.

15. PADRES

Look like a non-contender and the jury's out on how much talent they acquired trading away Adrian Gonzalez and Mat Latos the past years.

16. ASTROS

The only team worse than the Twins last year, they'll be young and awful again in their final year before moving to the AL West.

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St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 3
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 12 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 4
Washington 4 Top 6th Inning
Philadelphia 2
Tampa Bay 3 Top 8th Inning
Baltimore 1
Boston 2 Top 8th Inning
Toronto 5
NY Yankees 8 Top 6th Inning
Detroit 1
Atlanta 3 Top 8th Inning
NY Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Cincinnati 6
Cleveland 1 Top 4th Inning
Chicago WSox 2
Minnesota 0 Top 6th Inning
Kansas City 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Houston 0
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 1st Inning
San Diego 0
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 8:40 PM
Arizona - W. Miley
Miami - H. Alvarez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
Colorado - F. Morales 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
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