MLB Power Rankings: Opening Day

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April 5, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Baseball on the opening day logo before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Opening Day is upon us!

It’s that magical time of year when hope springs and everyone is undefeated. Everyone, that is, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (0-2), because Opening Series is different than Opening Night which is different than Opening Day. It’s like Christmas — we’re opening everything.

But just because the Dodgers and Diamondbacks played two in Australia, that doesn’t make this any less special for the rest of us. This is the real Opening Day, when baseball begins in earnest here in the States.

Power rankings can be a little bit difficult to define. Are they a ranking of World Series favorites? Are they a ranking of who’s playing the best right now? Are they a ranking of who are the best teams, regardless of current standing? The answer is yes. All of these are slightly different takes on team strength or power, but all should probably play a factor.

But really, power rankings are about fun. It’s debating with the guy next to you at the bar about who’s going to win the pennant, or who would win a Dodgers-Tigers World Series.