The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks...

POWER RANKING

June 09, 1995

The Sun's national baseball writer, Peter Schmuck, ranks the major leagues' 28 teams.

Rank, Team, Previous rank, Comment.

1. Cleveland Indians -- 1 -- Sorry, already used up all available synonyms for unbeatable.

2. Cincinnati Reds -- 3 -- Pressure's off: Marge called Psychic Hotline, knows division title's in the bag.

3. Atlanta Braves -- 4 -- Got well in a hurry against slipping Cubs.

4. Boston Red Sox -- 6 -- Clemens is back, but still reason to suspect they may be overrated.

5. Philadelphia Phillies -- 2 -- Still standing after toughest week of season.

6. California Angels -- 7 -- It's no longer a Mickey Mouse franchise, but Disney wants in anyway.

7. Colorado Rockies -- 11 -- Should gain from Giants' loss.

8. Montreal Expos -- 10 -- Carlos Perez finally proves human, but Expos youth movement marches on.

9. Chicago Cubs -- 5 -- Cub fans take heart. Reds can't keep this up forever.

10. San Francisco Giants -- 8 -- Could lose division race by a foot.

11. Kansas City Royals -- 9 -- Batting order doesn't look like much, but Royals have been rocking.

12. Seattle Mariners -- 13 -- The Big Heat (hot new nickname for Randy Johnson) is holding M's together.

13. Texas Rangers -- 15 -- Despite Palmer injury, still have to be considered division favorite.

14. Oakland A's -- 14 -- It's gotten so you can't visit an AL West city without tripping over a contender.

15. Houston Astros -- 17 -- Swept Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine in Atlanta...lost series to Marlins at home. You figure it out.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 21 -- Could move up fast in tepid NL West.

17. Baltimore Orioles -- 22 -- Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bullpen...

18. Chicago White Sox -- 23 -- With all due respect to new manager Terry Bevington, Sox had to turn around eventually.

19. Milwaukee Brewers -- 18 -- Should rest comfortably in fourth place for the remainder of the season.

20. Toronto Blue Jays -- 19 -- For sale: $200 million or best offer.

21. St. Louis Cardinals -- 20 -- Redbirds playing with Zeile, but not zeal.

L 22. New York Yankees -- 12 -- Could they really be this bad?

23. Detroit Tigers -- 16 -- Back in basement after bad trip to Cleveland.

24. San Diego Padres -- 24 -- Frightful friars frought with frustration.

25. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 25 -- Can't even tell the players with a program.

26. New York Mets -- 26 -- Most common question asked at Shea: "Don't they play a tennis tournament around here somewhere?"

27. Minnesota Twins -- 27 -- If this is what they look like WITH Kirby, imagine what they're going to look like next year.

28. Florida Marlins -- 28 -- Huizenga must wish he'd thrown them back.

Note: Statistics through Wednesday's games.

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