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

POWER RANKING

July 28, 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 -- Taking no prisoners.

2. Atlanta Braves -- 2 -- In just three weeks, NL East race has turned into a runaway.

3. Cincinnati Reds -- 3 -- Took Giants to the cleaners on Deion deal.

4. California Angels -- 5 -- Must think Ranger freefall was heaven-sent.

5. Colorado Rockies -- 4 -- Correct answer to age-old question: Where's the beef?

6. Houston Astros -- 8 -- Bagwell back in MVP form. Reds back in sight.

7. Boston Red Sox -- 6 -- Starting to feel some heat from traditional AL East rivals.

8. New York Yankees -- 19 -- Start spreading the news. Dramatic turnaround has Yankees back in business.

9. Orioles -- 9 -- Daily trade rumors apparently have improved morale.

10. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 10 -- Nomo injury highlights need for team manicurist.

11. Milwaukee Brewers -- 14 -- Actually were leading wild card race earlier this week.

12. Seattle Mariners -- 11 -- Hovering at .500 and hoping that help arrives soon.

13. Philadelphia Phillies -- 16 -- Pulling out of lengthy slump, but it may be too late.

14. Montreal Expos -- 22 -- Coming around, but no place to go.

15. Chicago Cubs -- 15 -- No longer a significant factor in NL Central race.

16. San Diego Padres -- 12 -- Still surprisingly viable in NL West.

17. Texas Rangers -- 7 -- Just hoping that bungee cord doesn't break.

18. Detroit Tigers -- 18 -- Retreating, but not out of it just yet.

19. Oakland A's -- 17 -- Bay Area bummers.

20. Chicago White Sox -- 23 -- If they went 63-0 the rest of the way and Indians stay on current pace, Sox would still finish second by five games.

21. San Francisco Giants -- 20 -- Misunderstood. Thought Reds ** were going to trade Deion Sanders TO Portugal after Darren Lewis deal.

22. Kansas City Royals -- 13 -- Must regroup soon to compete for wild card berth.

23. Toronto Blue Jays -- 21 -- Carter due to bust out of slump. Time to trade for him.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 24 -- Plenty of great seats still available, and will continue to be.

25. Florida Marlins -- 26 -- Not much fight left in these fish.

26. St. Louis Cardinals -- 25 -- Not even Budweiser Clydesdales could pull them back into contention now.

27. New York Mets -- 27 -- Hesitant to trade Bonilla while they still have a chance to finish fourth.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 28 -- Have requested extra games against Orioles in 1996.

Note: Statistics through Wednesday's games

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