Initial Rankings For MLB 10 The Show Released

Earlier this week MLB 2K10 revealed its team numeric ratings. MLB 10 The Show has now divulged its rankings of all 30 Major League teams across four categories. The New York Yankees are this year's overall No. 1.

The Show's rankings come in four flavours: Overall, hitting, pitching and defence. I've broken them out here.

Overall Team Rankings

1 Yankees

2 Red Sox

3 Phillies

4 Dodgers

5 Rays

6 Braves

7 Angels

8 Rockies

9 Cubs

10 Rangers

11 Diamondbacks

12 Twins

13 White Sox

14 Giants

15 Blue Jays

16 Cardinals

17 Mets

18 Brewers

19 Reds

20 Orioles

21 Mariners

22 Astros

23 Athletics

24 Tigers

25 Padres

26 Marlins

27 Royals

28 Nationals

29 Pirates

30 Indians

Team Hitting Rankings

1 Yankees

2 Red Sox

3 Phillies

4 Rangers

5 Rays

6 Rockies

7 Angels

8 Cubs

9 Braves

10 Dodgers

11 Twins

12 Blue Jays

13 Diamondbacks

14 Orioles

15 Mets

16 Giants

17 Reds

18 White Sox

19 Brewers

20 Cardinals

21 Marlins

22 Mariners

23 Nationals

24 Astros

25 Pirates

26 Padres

27 Royals

28 Indians

29 Tigers

30 Athletics

Team Pitching Rankings

1 Yankees

2 Dodgers

3 Red Sox

4 Braves

5 Diamondbacks

6 White Sox

7 Phillies

8 Athletics

9 Cubs

10 Angels

11 Twins

12 Rays

13 Giants

14 Tigers

15 Cardinals

16 Rockies

17 Brewers

18 Padres

19 Mariners

20 Royals

21 Reds

22 Mets

23 Rangers

24 Astros

25 Blue Jays

26 Nationals

27 Pirates

28 Indians

29 Orioles

30 Marlins

Team defence Rankings

1 Red Sox

2 Mets

3 Mariners

4 Dodgers

5 Phillies

6 Yankees

7 White Sox

8 Rays

9 Astros

10 Blue Jays

11 Rangers

12 Orioles

13 Cardinals

14 Tigers

15 Royals

16 Angels

17 Athletics

18 Nationals

19 Reds

20 Pirates

21 Giants

22 Braves

23 Twins

24 Rockies

25 Indians

26 Cubs

27 Diamondbacks

28 Brewers

29 Marlins

30 Padres

Again, I am plainly astonished at the rank given to Boston's hitting. I'll admit to not being the most sophisticated analyst of stats but this seems either reputational in nature or based on past performance, and in David Ortiz's case, past performance that's two years ago. By the same token, I'm flummoxed by the Red Sox' No. 2 rating in pitching, but that's an incremental difference between it and the No. 1 where I believe it should be. The Phillies' No. 7 pitching is a real eye-popper to me. The Roy Halladay trade was Dec. 16 and I can scarcely believe these rankings reflect a roster before that date.

Other notes: The Cardinals and Cubs are almost completely swapped compared with MLB 2K10. They go from 7 and 13 in 2K10, respectively, to 9 and 16 here. Might not be an apples to apples comparison because 2K gave ratings, and these are positions relative to one another, but still, it's curious.

MLB 10 The Show is a PlayStation 3 exclusive and releases March 2.

MLB 10 The Show Team Rankings [Pasta Padre]


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