MCB’s MLB Power Rankings: 25-21
September 29, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstopTroy Tulowitzki
(2) throws to first to complete an out in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
25. New York Mets
Curtis Granderson, the Mets’ big offseason addition, should make the team better, but they’re really going to miss Matt Harvey and probably will struggle with starting pitching all year. It could be a really exciting rotation in a year or two, but for now we can only count down the weeks/months until Noah Syndergaard arrives.
24. Philadelphia Phillies
The thing for the Phillies will be to see how many 34+ year olds they can keep healthy for the season. If they stay healthy, they have a chance to be .500. If not, it’s going to be a long season in the City of Brotherly Love.
23. Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore stood pat for most of the offseason before quickly adding both Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz. Unfortunately Jimenez’s addition pushes Kevin Gausman to AAA to start the year even though he (i.e. Gausman) looks like he might be the second-best starting pitcher in the organization.
22. Kansas City Royals
The Royals have become something of a sexy pick in the AL Central, but the K.C. rotation looks questionable at best. James Shields is very good and Yordano Ventura is promising (albeit inexperienced at the MLB level), but the back three currently are Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Bruce Chen. It’s going to be tough to seriously compete with three solidly below average starters.
21. Colorado Rockies