Where Do the Houston Astros Fit in Our MLB Power Rankings?

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Mar 10, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (left) greets teammate second baseman Dee Gordon (right) after Gordon scored a run against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I heard the Marlins spent some money this offseason. Lots of it. Giancarlo Stanton is locked up for years to come, and watching them build a contender around him and Jose Fernandez will be exciting. Unfortunately Fernandez won’t return until the second half of the season, but the fish have a pretty solid pitching core. Christian Yelich, Stanton and Marcell Ozuna make up one of the best outfields in the bigs, and they’re only going to get better. Dee Gordon will have to prove to the doubters that last season was no fluke, and if he does, the Marlins will be a legitimate threat late in the season.. (0-0). Previous: --th. Miami Marlins. 15. team. 82

Previous: --th. San Diego Padres. 14. team. 127. With all of the big-name additions the Padres made this winter (James Shields, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Wil Myers) this team reminds me of the Dodgers a few years back. Those Dodgers teams took a while to gel, but come midseason they were a force to reckon with. How quickly this team comes together will dictate where they stand at the end of the season. San Diego has always had the pitching to compete, but now they have the bats to actually score some runs.. (0-0)

Previous: --th. Oakland Athletics. 13. team. 96. Fool me once–nobody fools Billy Beane. The league zigs, so he zagged this offseason, leading many to believe he had lost his mind. Instead, Oakland looks to have another strong team on their hands. While they will be lacking the power that recent teams have enjoyed, the A’s added more contact hitters via free agency and trade. This is a new approach for a team that doesn’t like to play small ball. With their pitching depth, look for Oakland to make a trade, possibly of Scott Kazmir, around the deadline when Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are set to return from Tommy John to address any weaknesses they have. The A’s could be a surprise team this season, which sounds silly to say at this point.. (0-0)

team. 11. The Orioles were quiet this winter, but with Matt Wieters and Manny Machado returning from injury, they could afford to be. Losing Nelson Cruz will hurt, but if Chris Davis shows some pop like he did in 2013, then Baltimore will be in good shape. The AL East will be a tough division, but with the Orioles having the third-best offense in said division, they finish–well, third.. (0-0). Previous: --th. Baltimore Orioles. 12

63. This should be an interesting year in the Motor City. They still don’t have much of a bullpen, but they have that great crop of starters! Well, Justin Verlander is starting the season on the disabled list, Max Scherzer is now on the Nationals, and Rick Porcello is in Boston. Well, at least they have David Price and Anibal Sanchez. Price and Yoenis Cespedes have one year left on their contracts, so after 2015 the Tigers could have a whole new look.. (0-0). Previous: --th. Detroit Tigers. 11. team

 Bold Prediction: With Pence out for a month, the Padres, whether or not they have come together fully, put a little distance in between themselves and San Francisco–and SF never catches back up. The AL Central has improved greatly, and the Tigers will barely scratch out a second place finish in 2015–their best finish for the next few years.

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