1. Red Sox (95-67 in 2008)
Deepest pitching staff in baseball and a good offense, too.
2. Phillies (92-70)
Defending champions will have to overcome early injuries.
3. Yankees (89-73)
Can't ignore their offseason purchases, even if A-Rod is out.
4. Rays (97-65)
Maybe the American League champs should be higher, but they won't surprise anyone now.
5. Dodgers (84-78)
It's not just Manny Ramirez being back; great mix of youth and veterans.
6. Angels (100-62)
7. Cubs (97-64)
The more they struggle, the more former prospects the Orioles get.
8. Mets (89-73)
They bolstered the bullpen. Will
that stop the annual choke?
9. Indians (81-81)
A lot of questions, but could win an up-for-grabs division.
10. White Sox (89-74)
Lots of talent, but much of it is long in the tooth.
11. Marlins (84-77)
Still super young, but unexpectedly successful last year.
12. Diamondbacks (82-80)
Have possibly the best 1-2 pitching punch in Brandon Webb and Dan Haren.
13. Brewers (90-72)
Without CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, will have to out-slug teams to win.
14. Athletics (75-86)
15. Twins (88-75)
Solid all-around, but extended injury to Joe Mauer could sink this club.
16. Cardinals (86-76)
A healthy Chris Carpenter would give this team renewed life.
17. Tigers (74-88)
Still think last year's collapse was a fluke. Too much offense to be awful.
18. Braves (72-90)
They rebuilt their rotation and have one of baseball's best managers.
19. Reds (74-88)
No reason the youngsters won't take the next step this year.
20. Blue Jays (86-76)
Buried in the AL East almost as deep as the Orioles.
21. Giants (72-90)
If pitching wins championships, they should be in the National League West race.
22. Astros (86-75)
They can score runs, but can anyone besides Roy Oswalt pitch?
23. Royals (75-87)
Headed in the right direction with good young talent.
24. Rangers (79-83)
Like the Orioles, they are building pitching; it's just not ready yet.
25. Orioles (68-93)
Potential to move up if beleaguered rotation surprises.
26. Pirates (67-95)
Their streak of ineptitude is longer than the Orioles'.
27. Rockies (74-88)
Their pitching is traditionally shaky, but this bad?
28. Mariners (61-101)
Think rebuilding club would like Adam Jones and Chris Tillman back?
29. Nationals (59-102)
Have improved from last season but have a long way to go.
30. Padres (63-99)
Will be 31st of 30 if they ever trade Jake Peavy.