Power Ranking

April 15, 1994

Rank, Team ... ... Last Year ... ... Comment

1. Atlanta .. ... .. .. 104-58 ... .. ... How many teams can afford

Braves ... .. ... .. .. ... ... .. .. ... to leave a no-hit pitcher out of the

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... rotation?

2. Toronto .. ... .. .. 95-67 ... ... The rest of the American League

Blue Jays ... ... ... ... ... ... ... can only hope that Joe Carter doesn't

... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... ... break his other thumb.

3. S.F. ... ... .. ... 103-59 ... ... It's going to be a free ride in the NL

Giants .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... West, but the Giants have picked up

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. right where they left off last year.

4. Cincinnati ... .. .. 73-89 ... ... Surprising early rush should put

Reds ... ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... pressure on mediocre NL Central

.. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. .. ... competition.

5. Boston .. .. ... ... 80-82 ... ... How about this for a role reversal:

Red Sox ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. Roger Clemens is the big question

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. mark. Everything else is fine.

6. Baltimore .. ... ... 85-77 ... ... About $43 million later, they're still

Orioles ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. looking up at the Blue Jays, but

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. return of Sid Fernandez should help.

7. Cleveland .. ... ... 76-86 ... ... Finally, a fast start that might

Indians ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... actually mean something, but why

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. is Manny Ramirez batting ninth?

8. Chicago .. .. .. ... 94-68 ... ... How many teams have enough

White Sox ... .. .. .. .. ... ... ... depth to keep a three-time league

... ... ... .. .. ... ... ... ... ... MVP at the Double-A level?

9. Phila. ... .. ... .. 97-65 ... ... Defending NL champs appear to be

Phillies ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. dropping in class. Pitching staff is

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. putting them at a big disadvantage.

10. Texas ... ... .. .. 86-76 ... ... Still solid favorite in AL Mess

Rangers ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. despite slow start, but Rangers are

... ... ... ... .. ... ... ... ... .. starting to look like a paper tiger.

11. New York .. ... ... 88-74 ... ... Supposedly solid pitching

Yankees ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. staff not doing the job. Team is .500

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. despite averaging six runs a game.

12. Houston ... ... ... 85-77 ... ... The Astros are right in the middle

Astros ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. of the pack, which is where they

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. figure to be all season.

13. Milwaukee .. .. ... 69-93 ... ... Not as bad as they look on

Brewers ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. paper. If starting rotation knits

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. together, Brew Crew could be

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. competitive.

14. Oakland ... ... ... 68-94 ... ... Tremendous starts by Mark

Athletics ... ... ... ... ... ... ... McGwire and Geronimo Berroa have

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. jump-started unheralded team.

15. St. Louis ... .. .. 87-75 ... ... There's some potential, but a lot

Cardinals ... ... ... ... ... ... ... has to go right to move the Cards

... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. into the Top 10.

16. Montreal .. ... ... 94-68 ... ... With Braves off to fast start, this is

Expos ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... no time to have another one of

... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ... those Expo Aprils.

17. New York ... ... .. 59-103 .. ... This is nosebleed territory for the

Mets ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Mets, who still figure to spend season

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. about 5 inches lower on page.

18. Seattle ... ... ... 82-80 ... ... Don't let 0-5 start fool you. The M's

Mariners ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. may be the best team in their division,

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. though that isn't saying a lot.

19. Chicago ... ... ... 84-78 ... ... Offensive lineup doesn't look like

Cubs ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. .. much and pitching looks worse.

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. Will Cubs fans ever get a break?

20. Colorado ... .. ... 67-95 ... ... Exciting offensive lineup should

Rockies ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. make Rockies respectable enough

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. to draw another 4.5 million fans.

21. L.A. ... ... .. ... 81-81 ... ... Interesting team, but hasn't started

Dodgers ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. to click and maybe never will.

22. K.C. ... ... ... .. 84-78 ... ... Supposed to be new and improved,

Royals ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... but failed to get out of the box again.

23. California .. .. .. 71-91 ... ... Decent start should have

Angels ... ... ... ... ... ... .. ... them higher, but Mark Langston

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. injury leaves just one

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. dependable starter.

24. Detroit ... ... ... 85-77 ... ... Fielder and Co. are flexing their

Tigers ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. muscles again, but pitching staff

... ... ... ... .. ... ... ... ... .. still leaves much to be desired.

25. Florida ... ... ... 64-98 ... ... Slightly more punch than last year,

Marlins ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. but it isn't going to keep them out

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. of the NL East cellar.

26. Pittsburgh .. .. .. 75-87 ... ... Why does a nice guy like Jim Ley-

Pirates ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. land have to go through this again?

27. Minnesota ... .. .. 71-91 ... ... The only question is why Kent

Twins ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Hrbek is waiting until the end of

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... .. .. the year to retire.

28. San Diego ... .. .. 61-101 ... .. When does Andy

Padres ... ... .. ... ... ... ... ... Benes get here?

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