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Final 2012 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on October 4, 2012

Final 2012 Power Ranks

Final 2012 MLB Power Ranks

Well, it’s here. The end of the season. It is kind of sad if you think about it. One hundred and sixty two games per team have come and gone. This season left us with a lot of great memories. There were multiple no-hitters (one combined in Seattle), a few perfect games and even a Triple Crown winner. Two rookies took the game by storm, one who just might be the best player in all of baseball. There were highs, lows and plenty of surprises. That is why we love baseball. There is something new every year that nobody has ever seen before. But, alas, the regular season has reached its end. This will be my last rankings until next year. I am going to miss it. It’s been fun. But now we know how they all stand out. Let’s take a look. One last time.

1. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Nats close the season where they spent most of it: on top. They finish with the best record in baseball and await the winner of the St. Louis Cardinals/Atlanta Braves Wild Card game for the NLDS. (Last Week’s Rank 1)

2. Cincinnati Reds (97-65) The Reds came oh so close to locking up home field advantage in the playoffs. Now they will battle the San Francisco Giants in the opening round. They finished the season with the largest lead in any division: nine games. (LWR 2)

3. New York Yankees (95-67) The Yankees were pushed all year for the division crown but they came out on top. They end the season where most people predicted they would with the best record in the American League. (LWR 4)

4. Oakland Athletics (94-68) Is there a team right now that is more fun to watch than the A’s? If there is they sure don’t play Major League Baseball. The A’s have shocked the baseball universe by grabbing the AL West division title on the last day of the season after sweeping the Texas Rangers. Unreal. (LWR 8)

5. San Francisco Giants (94-68) Like the Reds, the Giants haven’t had a whole lot to play for the last week or so what with wrapping up a playoff spot a while back. They do have to figure out who to send to the mound for game three in the NLDS. Ryan Vogelsong has struggled, Tim Lincecum has been erratic and believe it or not Barry Zito has been more than solid. Do they trust him in that big spot? (LWR 5)

6. Atlanta Braves (94-68) Easily the best team that did not win a division. Like Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones will get one more shot in the postseason. Unfortunately, it may just be one game as they host the Cardinals in this year’s new do or die one game Wild Card playoff. (LWR 6)

7. Texas Rangers (93-69) Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes choke jobs. Texas lost seven of their last nine to slip into the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers are a game away from missing out on a third straight appearance in the Fall Classic. (LWR 3)

8. Baltimore Orioles (93-69) The O’s may have missed out on the division but everyone in Baltimore has to be thrilled they are back in the postseason. It would not shock me if they pulled off the upset in Texas on Friday night. (LWR 7)

9. Detroit Tigers (88-74) It certainly took them long enough. The Tigers took home the AL Central crown and are coming into the playoffs hot winning eight of their last 10. They will take on the equally hot A’s. That is a series I can’t wait to se. (LWR 13)

10. St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) The defending champion Cardinals will get a chance to defend their title. They will rest their hopes on the arm of Kyle Lohse in Atlanta Friday night. (LWR 12)

11. Tampa Bay Rays (90-72) If there was one team the rest of the American League did not want to see in the playoffs it is the Rays. They came up just short and may have seen the last of star centerfielder BJ Upton as he heads into free agency. (LWR 10)

12. Los Angeles Angels (89-73) The Angels added Texas’ best starting pitcher CJ Wilson, the Cardinals (and perhaps baseball’s) best player Albert Pujols and then added stud pitcher Zack Greinke at the deadline yet still missed the playoffs. And I didn’t even mention MVP candidate Mike Trout. (LWR 9)

13. Los Angeles Dodgers (86-76) The Dodgers had a late run in them being eliminated from postseason consideration in game 161. With a full year from Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and company this could be a team to reckon with in 2013. (LWR 15)

14. Milwaukee Brewers (83-79) The Brewers fell short of a playoff spot but retain almost every player for next year. They also have a lot of dollars freed up to spend on free agents. If they fix the bullpen this team could be like the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks. (LWR 14)

15. Chicago White Sox (85-77) When the season started nobody thought the White Sox would amount to much this year. First year manager Robin Ventura proved everyone wrong by putting together a fine season in his first year managing at any level. (LWR 11)

16. Philadelphia Phillies (81-81) Their streak of nine straight winning seasons comes to an end. That being said, with the way they played during the first half finishing at .500 has to have the fanbase and the players feeling better going into next year. (LWR 16)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (81-81) Like the Phillies the D’Backs finish the year at .500. Not exactly what fans in the desert had in mind after winning the division last year. (LWR 17)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (79-83) It must be rough being a Pirates fan. You could be entering your junior year of college and have zero winning seasons in your lifetime. This marks 20. Ouch. (LWR 18)

19. San Diego Padres (76-86) Chase Headley finishes off the season leading the National League in RBI with 115. He is only the second Padre to do just that. (LWR 19)

20. Seattle Mariners (75-87) The AL West turned out to be this year’s toughest division and the M’s actually held their own. If the A’s and Orioles have done anything this year it is to give teams like the Mariners hope for next year. (LWR 20)

21. New York Mets (74-88) For the fourth year in a row the Mets finish in fourth place in the division. If nothing they are consistent. Oh, and they have R.A. Dickey who should take home the NL Cy Young after his R.A. Diculous season. (LWR 23)

22. Kansas City Royals (72-90) The Royals have lost at least 90 games for the 10th time in the last 12 years. Stick to the plan KC. Stick to the plan. (LWR 21)

23. Toronto Blue Jays (73-89) The Jays bid farewell to a legend as Omar Vizquel played his last game Wednesday. Next year will be the first year since 1988 that Vizquel will not be on a major league roster. That is remarkable longevity. (LWR 25)

24. Boston Red Sox (69-93) The nightmare is over. The season has ended. Bobby Valentine has already been fired. I guess the Boston brass didn’t want to waste any time with that one. (LWR 22)

25. Miami Marlins (69-93) Unlike the Red Sox I don’t believe the Marlins should fire their manager Ozzie Guillen. Going to a third manager in three years is not a good philosophy. (LWR 24)

26. Cleveland Indians (68-94) Well, they didn’t finish with the worst record in the AL. That is something I guess. Right? (LWR 27)

27. Minnesota Twins (66-96) The Twins finished 30 games under .500 and it was an improvement on last season. Things are bleak in the Twin Cities. (LWR 26)

28. Colorado Rockies (64-98) The Rockies finished strong to avoid the franchise’s first ever 100-loss season. That didn’t stop them from having their worst season. (LWR 29)

29. Chicago Cubs (61-101) The Cubs did surpass the 100-loss plateau this year for the first time in 50 years. I would have figured they would have had a 100-loss season in there somewhere. Huh, learn something new every day. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (55-107) The Astros close out their time in the National League by losing 107 games. They were decent at the beginning of the year before the bottom fell out. Good luck to Bo Porter and the Astros next year in the AL West. (LWR 30)

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    • Rich White profile image
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      Rich 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I could easily see a Tigers/Nationals World Series. I never would have guessed that at the beginning of the year.

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      Jeffrey Yelton 4 years ago from Maryland

      Very nice hub. I'm still picking the Tigers to win it all, especially how well they played late in the season.