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American League Power Rankings: April 1, 2016

Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) celebrates with first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) after defeating the New York Mets in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. The Royals won the World Series four games to one. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) celebrates with first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) after defeating the New York Mets in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. The Royals won the World Series four games to one. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /
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With Opening Day just two days away for Major League Baseball, our weekly American League Power Rankings at Southside Showdown by FanSided are back!

The defending World Series Champions are set to defend their crown in 2016 when they open the season in a World Series rematch with the New York Mets. With virtually the same roster as last season, barring injury the Royals are probably the favorites to win the American League in 2016.. (0-0). Previous: 1st. Kansas City royals. 1. team. 7

135. The Houston Astros high powered offense, and reigning AL <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 2nd. Houston Astros. 2. team

3. team. 126. The Rangers jump up three spots from the preseason power rankings after a strong spring campaign. Starting pitcher <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 5th. Texas Rangers

39. The Blue Jays also had a strong showing in Grapefruit League play this spring, winning 17 games good enough for second place, and have pretty much a clean bill of health minus second-baseman Devin Travis being out until late May while he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.. (0-0). Previous: 6th. Toronto Blue Jays. 4. team

Chicago White Sox. 6. team. 128. The White Sox clubbed 49 home runs in Cactus League play this spring, showing the potential to have a high powered offense in 2016. <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 7th

Previous: 4th. New York Yankees. 7. team. 43. The Yankees fall three spots in the power rankings, as their bullpen that was considered to be one of the best in baseball prior to spring training, has taken two significant hits this month. <a href=. (0-0)

Detroit Tigers. 8. team. 63. The tigers rose two spots in our power rankings after a 17 win spring campaign, making them the fourth AL Central team inside of the top ten this week. The Tigers have looming question marks this season, such as aging core players, bullpen depth, and what type of production they can get out of <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 10th

team. 14. The Boston Red Sox tumble down the power rankings this week dropping six spots. A poor spring has exposed some glaring weaknesses in the Red Sox roster, like the less than stellar results in the <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 3rd. Boston Red Sox. 9

Tampa Bay Rays. 10. team. 21. The Tampa Bay Rays remind me a lot of the Minnesota Twins during the <a href=. (0-0). Previous: 8th

team. 102. While the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had a strong showing in Cactus League play, I still feel like they’re just not deep enough to sustain that type of success over the upcoming 162 game campaign. The AL West will be a battle between the Astros, and Rangers for sure, with the lesser of the two claiming one of the two Wild Card spots, so the Angels will likely find themselves on the outside looking in come October.. (0-0). Previous: 12th. Los Angeles Angels. 11

2. The Minnesota Twins are a young team, with some excellent emerging stars ready to break out at anytime, but severely lack starting pitching depth. Their pitching will surely be their downfall in a packed AL Central, but they will definitely be fun to watch in 2016.. (0-0). Previous: 14th. Minnesota Twins. 12. team

(0-0). Previous: 11th. Baltimore Orioles. 13. team. 11. The Baltimore Orioles finished near the bottom of the barrel in the Grapefruit league this spring, and lost starter <a href=

Previous: 13th. Seattle Mariners. 14. team. 62. The Mariners like the Angels have a roster full of uncertainties, and just have to many holes around the diamond to seriously compete this season.. (0-0)

15. team. 96. The Athletics finished the 2015 season with a dismal 68-94 record, good for dead last in the American League just one season removed from a playoff appearance. Expect the same in 2016, the Athletics have gotten rid of most of their valuable pieces the last two offseasons, and I don’t beleive that the Athletics will have much of a chance to compete at all in what will be a tough American League in 2016.. (0-0). Previous: 15th. Oakland Athletics

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