Halfway into the 07' season, teams are begainning to show their true merrit. Currently, my power rankings of the best five, first to last are as follows.
Angles- Great rotaion, solid pop through middle of order behind Vlad Gurrero (MVP?). THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT FINDING A TEAM TO WIN IN OCTOBER is consistancy. These guys will never cool off and go into 4 or 5 game losing slides. Bottomline: Fear the Rally Monkey!
Tigers- Probably the second best rotation in baseball, and with Zumaya, Jones, Rodney, and possibly an addition in the form of Lidge, this is not the team you want to face late in the ball game, possibly the only team that could beat the Sox in late innings come october. Also, the lineup is the best offensivly in the game, with Inge (10hrs) hitting last. Nobody else has that kind of threat that deep in the order. Bottomline: As long as Shef shuts up and talks with the lumber, Detroit and it's fans are going to have a very pleasant summer.
Red Sox- The best rotation in baseball hands down. Pitching usually prevails in october, as it enables teams to stay in games. And you don't want to play this team in close games. Bottomline: nine times out of ten Mr. Clutch (Big Papi) and crew will prevail in a nailbiter
BrewCrew- Ben Sheets=best in bigs. Don't even try to argue that. Behind him, the rotation is solid, and Turnbow/Cordero make up the best setup, closer combo west of Detriot. The remind me of a National League version of the angels, lacking only the starting pitching depth. They have the pop, and the speed to win games in any fashion. Bottomline: Not only will they make the playoffs for the first time in well over a decade, but they make well make an apearance in the fall classic aswell.
Mariners- That's right this is not a typo. I didn't mean Mets, Indians, or Dodgers. The Mariners have arguably the best youngster in the game in Felix Hernandez. They put together a solid rotation behind him, nothing special, but they shouldn't be getting blown out. There lineup is what is driving factor behind this teams sucess. Ichiro is the beat table setter ever to play the game. Johjima is the best catcher in the league. Each of The infielders hits .300 or 30+ hrs. Raul Ibanez is also an allstar caliber outfielder. They, like the Tigers, can drive in runs consistantly from any part of their order. Bottomeline: it's gonna be a battle between the A's and Seattle all season long, but in the end, Ichiro will lead his club to the playoffs.