Thursday, January 9, 2014

Season 22 Power Rankings # 1

We're about a quarter of the way through Season 22, and it's quite a battle out there.   The entire NL West is over .500, proving to be the most competitive division this season.  Last season, Dover was a clear cut #1 the entire season, this season a number of teams have made it a tough call early on to name the top team, but in the end a decision had to be made.  By the slimmest of margins, your #1 team in the first rankings is Dover.  Dover hangs on to the top spot with outstanding pitching and a great offense.  Pittsburgh comes in at #2, basically the tiebreaker was Pittsburgh went 3-4 vs. #1 Dover in their 7 games this season.  Self proclaimed Season 22 champion Atlanta bolts up the rankings to #3, while offensive juggernaut Boston comes in at #4, with ever steady Tampa rounding out the top 5.   It's been a tremendous battle out of the gate, here's hoping the great competition continues!   Here are your complete first power rankings!





Team  W L PREV   Comments
1 Dover 26 14 1 Great so far, but a lot of teams knocking at their door
2 Pittsburgh  27 13 7 Very close #2, 3-4 vs. Dover is the tiebreaker, great start
3 Atlanta  27 13 12 Owner predicted WS title, and is living up to the hype
4 Boston  27 13 10 Offense is crushing it, pitching ok but not great
5 Tampa Bay  24 16 3 Solid as expected, great pitching and good offense
6 Little Rock 23 17 11 Pitching has been rough so far, but still winning games
7 Salem 24 16 16 Leading  AL West that has produced last 4 WS reps
8 Los Angeles 21 19 4 Incredibly tough division so far, but hanging in there
9 Houston 24 16 9 Numbers not great so far, but winning percentage is 
10 Buffalo  21 19 6 Mediocre start, but numbers still look pretty good
11 Salt Lake City 22 18 17 Numbers are great, but no losing teams in the division
12 Helena 23 17 20 Offense is clicking, but the pitching has been roughed up
13 Las Vegas 23 17 21 Pretty solid across the board in all over .500 NL West
14 Ottawa 23 17 22 Nice start here, the offense is sure rolling so far
15 Durham  25 15 23 Putting up Durham numbers and winning games so far
16 Vancouver  18 22 2 Rough start, but they are known to bounce back
17 Colorado Springs 19 21 5 Seem to be looking to the future a bit with a few trades
18 St. Louis 20 20 8 Solid numbers show room for improvement in record
19 Charlotte  21 19 15 Doing good so far, but tough competition this season
20 Austin  20 20 25 Hanging in there, we'll see if the bats can pick it up some
21 New York  21 19 30 Leading division, but there are a lot of good teams 
22 Louisville 17 23 14 Numbers aren't bad, record could improve a bit
23 Burlington  17 23 19 Stats are up this season, but division is really tough
24 San Juan 19 21 24 Pitching has taken a hit so far, but record is not bad
25 Detroit  15 25 18 Pitching has been down a bit, but getting good offense
26 Texas 16 24 27 Didn't play great the first quarter, but could bounce back
27 Syracuse  18 22 28 Pitching hasn't gotten the job done so far this season
28 Rochester 15 25 13 Numbers haven't been great, but could improve
29 Jacksonville 13 27 32 Pitching isn't bad, but offense is practically non-existent
30 Seattle  10 30 29 Rough start, they're better than a .250 winning % team
31 San Francisco 11 29 26 Guess the move from Colorado didn't help all that much
32 Philadelphia 10 30 31 The bats aren't good enough right now to contend. 

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