Sunday, May 25, 2014

Season 15 Power Rankings # 1

We're out of the gate for season 15, and it's time to check in with the power rankings.  The trend overall this season seems to bet a lot of good offense to go with really bad pitching.  The top 2 spots do not change from the preseason rankings, with Oklahoma City coming in at #1 and Honolulu at #2.  If the start of the season is any indicator, these two teams could be battling it out for the top spot all season, and in fact have a series coming up which could bet telling.  It wouldn't be a reach to put Honolulu at the top spot.  Buffalo comes in at #3 with another strong start out of the gate.  Seattle jumps from outside the top 10 to #4 with an incredible start, although it remains to be seen if they can keep it up.  Hard hitting Pawtucket round out the top 5.  It's certainly been an interesting start, can't wait to see what the rest of the season holds.   Here are the complete rankings!

Team  W L PREV    Comments
1 Oklahoma City 26 14 1 Playing great, so no reason to drop them right now
2 Honolulu 27 13 2 Incredibly close #2, have almost unseeded OKC 
3 Buffalo  27 13 4 Strong start again, will they falter this team?  
4 Seattle 27 13 12 Incredible start for them, but not sure they can keep it up
5 Pawtucket  23 17 5 Came out of the gate with a surge off offense, looking good
6 Detroit 25 15 15 They jumped up again with great offense and good pitching
7 Nashville  22 18 7 Solid numbers across the board, looking strong so far
8 Toronto 24 16 22 Big jump here, the offense is producing out of the gate
9 Cincinnati 22 18 19 Solid so far, but the offense is still a sllight question mark
10 St. Louis 21 19 6 Offense hasn't produce yet, but still a very strong team
11 New Britain  21 19 10 Good offense, but feeling the loss of Mouton a bit it seems
12 Pittsburgh 21 19 11 Their pitching has been pretty bad, but bats are there
13 Tucson 18 22 3 Disappointing start of the season for the pitching staff
14 Tampa Bay 19 21 8 Great numbers, but mediocre record, so have been unlucky
15 Helena 18 22 9 Another slow start here, but they usually bounce back
16 Burlington 23 17 29 One of the surprise teams so far, pitching looks great 
17 Rochester 21 19 18 Very good pitching here, they're definitely a threat
18 Durham 19 21 13 Pitching hasn't adjusted to the move to Durham yet 
19 Little Rock  20 20 16 The pitching hasn't been great, but nice offense for sure
20 Indianapolis 22 18 28 Nice start for them, but the offense is still a bit iffy 
21 San Francisco 20 20 30 Decent start, but the numbers aren't really that great
22 Scranton 16 24 14 Pitching has been roughed up so far, but good offense 
23 Vancouver 19 21 20 With bad underlying numbers, 19 wins is a surprise 
24 Oakland 18 22 27 Pretty average across the board, look to be improving 
25 Memphis  16 24 17 Usual story with them, elite pitching, equally bad offense
26 Jacksonville 16 24 21 Similar to a lot of teams, bad pitching and good offense
27 New York  17 23 24 Pitching is ok, but the bats don't seem to be there yet 
28 Salt Lake City 15 25 25 Good enough on offense, bit pitching majorly struggling 
29 Cleveland 14 26 23 Same story as Salt Lake, only their pitching is even worse
30 Chicago (NL) 17 23 31 Pitching is improved, but the offense is really hurting so far
31 Louisville 13 27 32 Pitchers likely have a lower ERA in batting practice 
32 Chicago (AL) 13 27 26 Not as bad pitching wise, but the offense isn't there 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Season 15 Preseason Power Rankings

Spring Training is in full swing for Season 15, with off-season free agency yielding some interesting player movement, it's a good time to weigh in with the Preseason Power Rankings!   Always the most difficult to do not knowing exactly how player movement will affect the standings, it's fun to speculate even though they might not be the most precise.  At the top of the rankings is Oklahoma City, even though it's an odd-numbered season, they are looking strong and there is no reason to bump them from the top spot.  Honolulu comes in at #2 on the heels of signing big time Free Agent starter Stewart Mouton.  A solid Tucson squad rounds out the top 3.  There are certainly a number of other teams capable of cracking the top 3 this season, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  Good luck to everyone in Season 15, here are the complete rankings!

Season 14

Team  W L Comments
1 Oklahoma City 101 61 Looking good, even though it's an odd numbered season
2 Honolulu 93 69 Adding Mouton should give them a nice boost 
3 Tucson 96 66 Bringing back a solid squad, should be good again
4 Buffalo  96 66 Always in the thick of things and look solid again
5 Pawtucket  98 64 Offense always gets it done, and should contend again 
6 St. Louis 94 68 Looking like a very good squad this season 
7 Nashville  85 77 Adding top FA Posada will help pitching staff greatly
8 Tampa Bay 89 73 Have a good team, is this the season it comes together?
9 Helena 88 74 Kings of the AL West should be strong this season 
10 New Britain  98 64 Lost a couple of players to FA, but should be good still
11 Pittsburgh 75 87 Very active in Free Agency, so should be improved 
12 Seattle 79 83 Added SS Nippert, can he hit in Seattle is the question
13 Durham 81 81 Also very active in Free Agency, we'll see if it pays off
14 Scranton 95 67 Offensive is there, but pitching is a bit of a question mark
15 Detroit 90 72 Losing Posada is a blow, but offense is their strength
16 Little Rock  86 76 Middle of the pack last season, but could improve 
17 Memphis  89 73 Always seem to find a way to be in it, don't count them out
18 Rochester 84 78 Seemed to underperform last season, so we'll see 
19 Cincinnati 79 83 Pitching was a strong point for them last season
20 Vancouver 79 83 The offense struggled last season, we'll see if they improve
21 Jacksonville 75 87 Making strides here, are they ready to take the next step?
22 Toronto 73 89 Took a step back last season, so not sure about them yet
23 Cleveland 75 87 Certainly capable of a few more wins this season 
24 New York  78 84 Improving, but the offense was an issue last season 
25 Salt Lake City 75 87 Franchise seems to be going in the right direction here 
26 Chicago (AL) 73 89 Pitching struggled some, but offense was pretty good
27 Oakland 64 98 Offense coming around, but pitching was weak last season
28 Indianapolis 63 99 Taking steps forward, we'll see if the offense improves 
29 Burlington 64 98 Always tough to get offense in this park, but improving 
30 San Francisco 63 99 Fell off majorly towards the end of last season, so we'll see
31 Chicago (NL) 56 106 Not really sure if this is the year they step it up some
32 Louisville 58 104 Can't really say where they are in their rebuild as of yet