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

POWER RANKING

June 23, 1995|By Peter Schmuck

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

Rank, Team, Previous rank, Comment.

1. Cleveland Indians -- 1 -- Red Sox just got a taste of what it might be like in playoffs.

2. Philadelphia Phillies -- 4 -- Van Slyke finally getting another chance to play on a winner.

3. Atlanta Braves -- 8 -- May be ready to run down the Phillies.

4. Cincinnati Reds -- 2 -- The rest of the NL Central is looking a little dog-eared.

5. Boston Red Sox -- 3 -- Tried to come back to the pack...and couldn't find it.

6. Montreal Expos -- 5 -- Rondell White c'est frapper magnifique.

7. Texas Rangers -- 6 -- Power shortage apparently is over.

8. California Angels -- 7 -- Season appears to be blessed.

9. Kansas City Royals -- 10 -- Despite Indian summer, Boone's managerial debut going very well.

10. Oakland A's -- 11 -- It'll take a lot more bash to produce '89 rehash.

11. Colorado Rockies -- 9 -- Bichette remains hot, but Rockies are not.

12. San Diego Padres -- 19 -- Still close enough for Larry Lucchino to do some California dreamin'.

13. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 14 -- Division is ripe for team with consistent pitching. Dodgers may be it.

14. San Francisco Giants -- 12 -- Making do without Matt Williams, but for how long?

15. Houston Astros -- 16 -- Still may ultimately be team that challenges Reds.

16. Chicago Cubs -- 13 -- Another victim of the Ohio baseball conspiracy.

17. Seattle Mariners -- 15 -- Not ready to roll over just yet.

18. Detroit Tigers -- 20 -- Cast as possible Cinderella team, but the shoe doesn't fit.

19. Toronto Blue Jays -- 22 -- In best position to make a run at Red Sox, but don't seem too excited about it.

20. New York Yankees -- 18 -- Over a barrel, they signed Darryl.

21. Milwaukee Brewers -- 24-- Rank among league's top five in team batting average and ERA, but AL Central is a no-win situation.

22. Baltimore Orioles -- 17 -- Hey, who turned out the lights?

23. St. Louis Cardinals -- 21 -- Torre firing, Zeile trade tantamount to NL Central concession speech.

24. Chicago White Sox -- 23 -- No question, this team misses Michael Jordan.

25. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 26 -- Paul Wagner now 1-10. Rest of pitching staff almost respectable at 18-21.

26. New York Mets -- 25 -- Marlins may not be able to hold them up much longer.

27. Florida Marlins -- 27 -- Those fish won't hunt.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 28 -- Losing TV ratings war to Mary Tyler Moore reruns.

Note: Statistics though Wednesday's games.

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