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  • 05/10/2013, 10:23AM ET

Power rankings MLB, in terms of who is most suited to October..

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1. Reds
2. Nats
3. Braves
4. Giants
5. Cardinals
6. Tigers
7. Rangers
8. Yankees
9. Orioles
10. Oakland..

It's the national league baby!
No Red Sox cause I'm waiting for them to implode..
This format is based on who you think is most likely to get hot come October..

I like the reds alot cause they have 4 great pitchers and their 5th man can hold his own..
The nats aren't quite as good as the hype..
Strasbourg isn't the force we thought he was..
Braves never win..
The giants were a bit of a fluke..
Cardinals have a recipe to win alot of regular season games but I'm not sure if they were built for October..
Tigers are the cream of the crop in the al..
Excellent ace.. And 2 big bats that can bring people home..
Rangers are looking more serious this year..
Darvish is now a legitimate ace..
Yankees, you never know..
Oakland and orioles.. Abit plain Jane but should be visible come October..


Reds aren't a good October pick because Dusty will have burned out the whole pitching staff by then. Happens every year (including last year). Nats and Cards both better picks. Braves make a career out of early exits.

Tigers still don't have a closer. Whole AL East stinks. I'll take Rangers or A's.

Really all you did was take the 5 teams with the best record from both leagues, except the Red Sox. How hard is that?

May 11, 2013  12:42 AM ET

How are the American League East 'stinking' while having accumulated 14 more wins than the NL East?

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May 11, 2013  02:35 AM ET
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In all fairness neither side said anything that holds water though.

I found right's comment about Dusty burning out his pitching staff to be on point.

The other stuff you guys already mentioned, like the AL East supposedly stinking although the Red Sox, Yanks and Orioles are all 22-14 or better.

The AL East has three teams playing over .600 ball. The rest of the divisions have one or none. Matter of fact the AL East has three of baseball's five winningest teams this year.

Safe to say that the AL East has been the best division in baseball so far.

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May 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Too busy

May 11, 2013  04:10 PM ET
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I don't get a chance to watch the Reds the way I can the NL/AL east teams, so I won't say that he was blatantly wrong. But how much of it is the pitchers being burnt out compared to just facing better offensive teams towards the end of the year into the playoffs? Looking at the Reds IP under Dusty, it looks like his pitchers average around 200-210 innings a year. That's about average.

It's not about innings. Dusty has a long reputation of not caring about pitch counts. That's a big part of why Prior and Wood burned out and Zambrano has had his share of issues.

He's gotten a little better, but he still runs his starters to way too many pitches and too many games of 115-120+ pitches. Look at Cueto's 2012 pitch counts and how he fell of at the end of the year. And look who's already been on the DL this year.

May 11, 2013  04:17 PM ET
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The other stuff you guys already mentioned, like the AL East supposedly stinking although the Red Sox, Yanks and Orioles are all 22-14 or better. The AL East has three teams playing over .600 ball. The rest of the divisions have one or none. Matter of fact the AL East has three of baseball's five winningest teams this year.Safe to say that the AL East has been the best division in baseball so far.

But do you really think the AL East has any teams better than the Rangers or Tigers? As an AL East fan, I can tell you the Sox and Yanks are doing this with smoke and mirrors. Both have played a disproportionate number of games at home and their records are better than the stats would indicator. You think the Yanks will march through the playoffs with a roster of Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells

Those records are very misleading. If you look at run differential, the Tigers and Rangers are clearly superior. Baltimore is the only one of those 3 AL teams that might actually be good.

 
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