Chart: National League power rankings

  • Updated: March 29, 2013 - 1:26 PM

NL POWER RANKINGS

1. Washington

The team with the most wins in the league last season finally got the leadoff man it needed in Denard Span. Stephen Strasburg = Optimus Prime.

2. Cincinnati

Shin-Soo Choo at the top of this batting order? The Reds will score plenty of runs and have the arms to make a serious postseason run.

3. Los Angeles

The Dodgers are already holding their breath over Zack Greinke’s sore elbow in camp. Offense should be more productive.

4. Atlanta

Here come the Upton brothers. Kris Medlen is around for a full season. Jason Heyward and

Freddie Freeman have another year of experience. Watch

out.

5. San Francisco

The defending champs have an outstanding starting rotation, but they don’t have power, don’t have Brian Wilson and don’t have Tim Lincecum’s long hair.

6. St. Louis

This team has some nice hitters and a talented bullpen. But the Cardinals took a blow with injuries to Chris Carpenter and Rafael Furcal.

7. Philadelphia

The Phillies added a good, speedy center fielder in Ben Revere and still have top-line starters. But the team is showing its age … and needs to produce more runs.

8. Pittsburgh

Andrew McCutchen is one of the most entertaining players in the game, and his team is showing signs of … finishing over .500 for a change.

9. Milwaukee

There will be plenty of shootouts in Miller Park this season because this team can hit. But will it be able to outhit its suspect pitching staff?

10. San Diego

The Padres finished the second half strongly, so some believe they can be a sleeper pick. Chase Headley is coming off a breakthrough season.

11. Arizona

Parting ways with Justin Upton

and Chris Young might not be a bad thing. The rotation is solid if Brandon McCarthy stays healthy. The lineup needs Jason Kubel healthy.

12. Chicago

The Cubs are in rebuilding mode. They added several starting pitchers, so the rotation should be functional. The lineup is a work in progress.

13. Colorado

The offense was productive last season, even with Troy Tulowitzki injured. But no starter won more than six games, and the Rockies didn’t upgrade the rotation.

14. New York

Johan Santana isn’t happy. The roster is depleted. The Mets have some pieces in place for the future but will take their lumps this season.

15. miami

Mike Redmond was named manager, then the roster was gutted. Red-Dog is going to have a tough time keeping spirits up in South Beach.

La Velle E. Neal III





  • related content

  • It’s a new-look Tim Lincecum on a San Francisco staff that hasn’t changed much: It’s still going to be dominant.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
8:10 PM ET123456789RHE
Chicago WSoxH. Noesi (0-0)000
MinnesotaP. Hughes (10-6)000
@theBallpark
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box

ADVERTISEMENT

Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 0 FINAL
Toronto - WP: M. Stroman 8
San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 2
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 4
Houston 1 Bottom 4th Inning
Oakland 3
Miami - H. Alvarez 6:10 PM
Atlanta - A. Harang
San Diego - T. Ross 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson
NY Mets - D. Gee 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - M. Garza
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 7:10 PM
Minnesota - P. Hughes
Cleveland - C. Kluber 7:10 PM
Kansas City - D. Duffy
Detroit - M. Scherzer 9:05 PM
LA Angels - G. Richards
Baltimore - W. Chen 9:10 PM
Seattle - H. Iwakuma
Montreal 9:00 PM
Real Salt Lake
Calgary 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 8/1/14 6:00 PM
Montreal
Brt Columbia 8/1/14 9:00 PM
Calgary
Saskatchewan 8/2/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
New York 9:00 PM
Seattle
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What's your outlook for the Twins' second half?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close