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

POWER RANKINGS

September 01, 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 -- 2 -- You were expecting someone else?

2. Atlanta Braves -- 3 -- Reverse lock in effect: Braves lose series to Houston.

3. Cincinnati Reds -- 4 --- Soft August schedule fattened them up.

L 4. Boston Red Sox -- 1 -- Could pull a McNeeley in playoffs.

5. California Angels -- 5 -- Picked opportune time for first big slide.

4 6. Philadelphia Phillies -- 13 -- Wild at heart.

7. Texas Rangers -- 7 -- Need more consistent pitching to stay ahead of wild card posse?

8. Los Angeles Dodgers -- 6 -- Should be more assertive with that kind of young talent.

9. Colorado Rockies -- 9 -- Need to make hay before six-game run against Reds and Braves next week.

10. Kansas City Royals -- 15 -- Young roster, decent pitching makes them very unpredictable.

11. Chicago Cubs -- 11 -- Astro briefly fueled Cub Fever.

12. Seattle Mariners -- 8 -- Could sail into playoffs if Rangers fizzle.

13. Milwaukee Brewers -- 14 -- How to get to the playoffs on a beer budget.

14. Oakland A's -- 17 -- Proving that life doesn't end in last place.

15. San Diego Padres -- 10 -- Friars need a little more sizzle.

16. Montreal Expos -- 18 -- Still waiting for one more growth spurt.

17. San Francisco Giants -- 19 -- Better than record or place in standings.

18. Baltimore Orioles -- 21 -- New motto: We're not really that bad.

19. Florida Marlins -- 25 -- Swept Houston last weekend, but who hasn't?

20. New York Yankees -- 16 -- The Boss is about to bug out.

21. Houston Astros -- 12 -- Should splash down any day now.

22. Chicago White Sox -- 22 -- Most disappointing team in baseball.

23. New York Mets -- 24 -- Have played respectably for past two weeks.

24. Toronto Blue Jays -- 23 -- May be just the start of a long rebuilding process.

25. St. Louis Cardinals -- 26 -- Still have shot at worst record in NL.

26. Detroit Tigers -- 27 -- Good first half kept season from being total loss.

27. Pittsburgh Pirates -- 20 -- Still best ownership argument for salary cap.

28. Minnesota Twins -- 28 -- Only team mathematically eliminated from wild card consideration.

Note: Statistics through Wednesday's games

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