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MLB Power Rankings: Playoff Edition

Will the Yankees repeat in 2010? SoB doesn't seem to think so. (altiusdirectory.com)

Playoff time is here, and to help understand where the teams stack up against each other, we would like to present you with the final MLB Power Rankings of the year, featuring only the eight playoff teams, along with our thoughts for the World Series.

It’s been a good last week or two for the East, except for the Wildcards, who are both in the lower half of the rankings, including the mighty Yankees.

Since all playoff teams are ranked, a first place votes gets seven points, then six for a second place vote, down to zero for last. So be sure to check below to see where the elite eight stand up:

John KC SoB Composite Last Time Comments
#1 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies (2) Philadelphia Phillies (14) #4, up 3 John – With Halladay and Oswalt pitching the majority of games, it’ll be nearly impossible to down the (soon-to-be) three-peat NL Champs.
#2 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays (12) #2, even KC – The Rays have their arms ready for a deep run in October.
#3 Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins (7) #3, even John – Here we are again, with the Twins and Yankees. But this time, the Twins have the edge. Unless the Yankees pitching can get back on track.
#4 Atlanta Braves New York Yankees Texas Rangers (7) #7, up 3 KC – It seems that Texas peaked a bit early and had no competition all season, but we’ll see if they can win their first playoff series ever.
#5 Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants New York Yankees (5) #1, down 4 KC – They sputtered down the stretch, and their pitching is suspect, but they’re still the Yankees.
#6 Minnesota Twins Texas Rangers Atlanta Braves (5) #6, even KC – Bobby Cox might have one more run to the NLCS in him. But, if you know the Braves, that’s usually as far as they get.
#7 New York Yankees Atlanta Braves Cincinnati Reds (3) #8, up 1 John – They may have Joey Votto, but Philly still has the pitching.
#8 San Francisco Giants Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants (3) #9, up 1 John – They’ll need Tim Lincecum and home-field advantage to have a chance against Atlanta. Their less certain key to victory is figuring out how to win Game 2.

Table Legend

  • A number in parentheses before a team name indicates the number of first place votes received.
  • A number in parentheses after a team name indicates total points received.

World Series Predictions

John – Philadelphia over Tampa Bay

Halladay and Oswalt at home will be too much for anyone to overcome. The Rays have the edge over their American League rivals, especially with New York’s pitching issues, but Philly has no such issues, and plenty of bats at that.

KC – Philadelphia over Tampa Bay

We will see the Phillies and Rays in the World Series (though the Twins could surprise), and the Phillies should win their second crown in three years. With Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels, they have the chance to win out all the way through the playoffs. Seriously.

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Discussion

2 comments for “MLB Power Rankings: Playoff Edition”

  1. Well after Docs performance today, looks like they could deserve that number one ranking.

    Doctober? Haha love it … absolutely amazing pitching from him today.

    Posted by Kevin | October 6, 2010, 10:02 pm
  2. @Kevin – Halladay was incredible. All those years in Toronto and he was so wasted. He’s definitely one of the best pitchers of our generation.

    Posted by KC Downey | October 9, 2010, 1:31 pm

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