Red Sox hop Phils for Power Rankings top spot

Red Sox hop Phils for Power Rankings top spot

Red Sox hop Phils for Power Rankings top spot
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Welcome to the 2011 version of the Power Rankings, where fans can now rank their top 15 teams and view their picks right alongside the picks from the experts at Together, the picks from the fans and experts form the " Energy Power Rankings presented by Reebok ZigTech."

It gets better. Fans who participate in the rankings have a chance to win two tickets to watch a team of their choice during the 2011 regular season.

Everyone -- experts and fans -- wants to know just how good the Red Sox will be this season and what to expect from the Yankees in 2011. Can the Giants repeat as World Series champions? Do the Rangers have the pitching to stay on top of the American League? And who is the favorite in the AL Central?

Are the Phillies the most "powerful" team in the game? Don't forget about the Braves and the White Sox.

For the second consecutive season, set up a panel of experts to answer questions like these and vote on the top 15 teams each week. Two former Major League players -- Larry Dierker and Jeff Nelson -- are part of the process, as is Carlton Thompson, vice president and executive editor of Former general manager and current analyst Jim Duquette, along with columnists Mike Bauman, Hal Bodley, Anthony Castrovince, Dave Feldman, Alden Gonzalez, Marty Noble and Jesse Sanchez are also part of the group. Results will be revealed every Monday through the rest of the regular season.

Agree? Disagree? The power is yours.

This Week's Power Rankings
This WeekMovementPower PlayerLast Week
1Moved up from last week.Red Sox

Adrian Gonzalez is finding his groove at the plate, and Carl Crawford has already made himself at home in the outfield. Expect better seasons from Josh Beckett and John Lackey, and guess what ... everyone is healthy.

2Moved down from last week.Phillies

Injuries have taken an early toll on the club, but it's hard to bet against pitchers Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and their veteran teammates.

3Even with last week.Giants

The reigning World Series champs boast one of the best overall pitching staffs in the game and remain the team to beat in the National League West. Buster Posey is set for his first full season in the big leagues, and the club expects an offensive boost from a slimmed-down Pablo Sandoval.

4Moved up from last week.Yankees

Questions about the rotation remain, but this veteran squad knows how to win. It's what they do. Also, if Alex Rodriguez's performance this spring is any indication of what is to come, he is on track for a monster season.

5Moved up from last week.Twins

When healthy, the Twins boast one of baseball's most potent offenses. Carl Pavano is coming off an excellent Spring Training, and Francisco Liriano is looking to build on a 2010 campaign that earned him's Comeback Player of the Year honors.

6Moved up from last week.Braves

With Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens, the Braves might also have four aces to go with a lineup strengthened by Dan Uggla's arrival. Chipper Jones is playing like he's 28, not 38.

7Moved down from last week.White Sox

It's going to be a tight race in the AL Central, but the White Sox believe they can win the title if they can pitch consistently. Jake Peavy showed that he still has good stuff when he's healthy, and he could be a factor.

8Moved down from last week.Rangers

With the likes of Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz in the lineup, Texas features one of the most high-powered offenses in the league. However, questions about the club's rotation linger.

9Moved up from last week.Reds

Joey Votto is regular-season ready, and Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce have produced strong springs. The rotation depth is being tested early with injuries to Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey and a mono diagnosis to Bronson Arroyo.

10Moved down from last week.Brewers

Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and the rest of the offense returns, and this time the Brewers should have a serviceable starting rotation that will get better when Zack Greinke returns from his cracked rib.

11Moved up from last week.Rays

The new-look Rays are bigger. Could they be better? Evan Longoria has added 10 pounds of muscle and will carry the offensive workload this season. Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are out to prove they can still play at a high level.

12Moved up from last week.A's

The A's can pitch, and thanks to Hideki Matsui, David DeJesus and Coco Crisp, they can now hit. But can they stay healthy? If they can keep their players off the disabled list, the A's have a chance to compete for the AL West title.

13Even with last week.Tigers

Staff ace Justin Verlander had an impressive spring and is poised for another successful season. Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit's offense, but he can't do it alone. He's going to need help if the club wants to compete for a division title.

14Moved down from last week.Rockies

You can't go wrong with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound every fifth day, and the club has aimed to improve its situational hitting this spring. The Rockies will also have to play better on the road.

15Even with last week.Angels

Kendrys Morales will open the season on the disabled list, but Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana and Joel Pineiro are ready to take their turns on the hill. Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter has embraced the "underdog" tag and expects his club to surprise some people.