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Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst baseball teams in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings for April 16, 2012.  1. Rangers—Joe Nathan gets first save, bullpen only potential problem.  2. Dodgers—Matt...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday and a Weekend Rundown every Thursday. Please raise your hand if you had the Los Angeles Dodgers as the best team in baseball after two weekends...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday and a Weekend Rundown every Thursday. David Wright’s Latest Tough Break Poor David Wright, he just can’t seem to catch a break. Well, actually...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago
Stay tuned each week to Athlon Sports for a 2012 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Waiver Wire every Monday and a Weekend Rundown every Thursday. The first weekend is in the books. No, the New York Mets are not going to finish 162-0 and David Wright...
Braden Gall
3 years ago
NL Central 1. St. Louis 2. Milwaukee 3. Cincinnati 4. Pittsburgh 5. Chicago 6. Houston The St. Louis Cardinals seemed to be riding a magic carpet for two months last season, turning a 10.5-game deficit in the wild card chase into a World...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
NL East 1. Philadelphia 2. Atlanta (wild card) 3. Washington 4. Miami 5. New York With cracks appearing in the Philadelphia offense, the NL East has become the most competitive division in baseball. The Phillies have the most daunting...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
NL West 1. San Francisco 2. Arizona (wild card) 3. Los Angeles 4. Colorado 5. San Diego The NL West is the home of some of the game’s brightest stars in Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum of San...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
AL West 1. Texas 2. Los Angeles (wild card) 3. Seattle 4. Oakland While the Los Angeles Angels upped the ante in the AL West by signing the ultimate free agent, Albert Pujols, and by signing away the Rangers’ best pitcher, C.J. Wilson, the...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
AL Central 1. Detroit 2. Cleveland 3. Kansas City 4. Minnesota 5. Chicago There is very little debate about who is the best team in the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers have a healthier bullpen, a deeper rotation and a more potent lineup...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
AL East 1. New York 2. Tampa Bay (wild card) 3. Boston 4. Toronto 5. Baltimore It’s official. The Tampa Bay Rays are consistently competing with the rich boys up north. Make no mistake, the Yankees are clearly the team to beat in the AL...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
San Francisco Giants The Giants are trying to get back into the postseason after a post-World Series season in which almost nothing went right. Once again, they will rely on their pitching, just as they did to win the World Series in 2010 and...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Los Angeles Dodgers For Dodgers fans, the long nightmare is over. Last year was one of the darkest in the storied franchise’s long history. A Giants fan was brutally beaten in the parking lot outside Dodger Stadium. The team’s owners, Frank and...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks The Diamondbacks are in it to win it, again, although they will no longer be able to sneak up on the NL West after their stunning worst-to-first run to the division title in 2011. General manager Kevin Towers made several...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Colorado Rockies Press releases, not press conferences, have been the offseason norm for the Rockies in recent years when introducing new players. But after their hugely disappointing 2011 season, the Rockies uncharacteristically splurged in...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
San Diego Padres Just when it was looking like the Padres were building for the future, new general manager Josh Byrnes made two moves in late December that should at least give the Padres some hope in 2012, even if they’re still long shots to...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
St. Louis Cardinals With the Cardinals wallowing 10.5 games back in the wild card race, several veterans convened a team meeting in late August to stress making the most of a misspent season. Two months later they did more than that. They made...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Q: Should “Shoeless” Joe Jackson be in the Hall of Fame? — Glenn Zdziarski, Chicago, Ill. A: One of the tragic figures in baseball lore, Jackson was embroiled in what was known as the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the 1919 Chicago...
Patrick Snow
3 years ago
Pittsburgh Pirates The Pittsburgh Pirates want to stretch four months of feel-good baseball into six months this season. The Pirates reached the 100-game mark last season with a 53–47 record and tied for first place in the National League...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Q: On the scoreboard on the Green Monster at Fenway Park, there is Morse code in two places spelling out “TAY” and “JRY.” What is the story behind these markings? And isn’t the “R” rendered incorrectly? — Charlie Kelly, Natick, Mass. A: Your...
Patrick Snow
3 years ago
Cincinnati Reds Entering the 2011 season, general manager Walt Jocketty essentially did nothing to upgrade a team coming off a National League Central championship. The Reds subsequently slipped to a third-place finish. This offseason, however...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Milwaukee Brewers The Brewers were built to win last year, and the plan worked nearly to perfection: a franchise-record 96 wins, along with the first division title and playoff series victory since 1982. But Milwaukee's pitching and defense...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
Houston Astros No team is undergoing as much of a drastic change on and off the field as the Astros, who are under the leadership of a new owner and general manager entering 2012 and will be competing in their 51st and final season in the...
Charlie Miller
3 years ago
From the pages of Athlon Sports Monthly, here are five major storylines for the 2012 baseball season , as well as our predictions. Pujols and the Angels After their agonizing choke on the brink of the 1986 World Series, it took 16 years for...
Patrick Snow
3 years ago
From the pages of Athlon Sports Monthly, here are five major storylines for the 2012 baseball season , as well as our predictions. Pujols and the Angels After their agonizing choke on the brink of the 1986 World Series, it took 16 years for...
Patrick Snow
3 years ago
It’s been 158 days since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, but baseball — and yes, fantasy baseball — is finally back. OK, the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners played two games in Tokyo last...
Athlon Sports
3 years ago

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