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

POWER RANKING

July 14, 1995|By Peter Schmuck

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

Rank, Team, Previous Rank, Comment

RF 1. Cleveland Indians -- 1 -- Title drive now is on cruise control.

2. Atlanta Braves -- 2 -- With Phillies out of the way, can Braves be stopped?

3. Cincinnati Reds -- 3 -- Still sailing despite problems at first base.

4. Colorado Rockies -- 8 -- Mountain men may be peaking.

5. Boston Red Sox -- 4 -- Wakefield (7-1) still making everyone knuckle under.

6. Texas Rangers -- 13 -- Could be ready to ride herd on AL West.

7. California Angels -- 6 -- Impending return of Chili Davis should provide a lift.

8. Detroit Tigers -- 10 -- Making the so-called experts look pretty silly.

9. Houston Astros -- 7 -- When smoke clears, Astros will joust Phils for wild-card berth.

10. Philadelphia Phillies -- 5 -- There's never a good time to go 2-12, but they picked the

worst.

11. Chicago Cubs -- 14 -- On rebound. Next couple of weeks could be critical.

12. Orioles -- 19 -- Have inexplainable feeling that giant weight VTC has been lifted off their shoulders.

13. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 9 -- Giving too much ground to streaking Rockies.

14. Oakland Athletics -- 12 -- Can't afford to be without McGwire for very long.

15. San Diego Padres -- 16 -- Just rumor of Joe Carter acquisition pushes them up a notch.

16. Seattle Mariners -- 17 -- Need to take advantage of struggling Blue Jays this weekend, but don't bet on it.

17. Kansas City Royals -- 18 -- Time to set their sights on extra playoff slot.

18. New York Yankees -- 11 -- Addition of Strawberry didn't even help Single-A affiliate.

19. San Francisco Giants -- 20 -- In a blatant attempt to upstage Mickey Mantle, Bonds agrees to have personality transplant.

20. Milwaukee Brewers -- 22 -- More fossils found at new stadium site, but it's just outdoor meeting of new ownership bargaining committee.

21. Montreal Expos -- 15 -- What's the French phrase for "It was fun while it lasted"?

22. Chicago White Sox -- 21 -- Gave Orioles nice first-half send-off.

23. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 23 -- Leyland could be next White Sox manager.

24. Toronto Blue Jays -- 24 -- If Joe Carter really is available, keep us in mind.

25. St. Louis Cardinals -- 28 -- Redbirds still looking a little green.

26. Florida Marlins -- 25 -- Nomo strikeout total should get a big boost this weekend.

27. New York Mets -- 27 -- . . . and the No. 1 reason the Mets are in fifth place: NL East no longer is a six-team division.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 26 -- Dispelling the myth of major-league parity.

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