Initial Team Ratings For MLB 2K10 Revealed

Game Informer has been posting a running hands-on blog with MLB 2K10 and the game's initial team ratings are revealed within. Boston and the New York Yankees are tied for first at 97 overall.

Here's what we've got right out of the box. Bear in mind these will probably change with a roster update on or very soon after the game releases March 2. Which is good because Chien-Ming Wang signed with the Nats today and I'm thinking they just dealt for the pennant.

Boston Red Sox 97

New York Yankees 97

Philadelphia Phillies 91

Los Angeles Angels 91

Los Angeles Dodgers 90

Texas Rangers 90

St. Louis Cardinals 90

Tampa Bay Rays 89

Minnesota Twins 89

San Francisco Giants 87

Colorado Rockies 87

Milwaukee Brewers 86

Chicago Cubs 86

Atlanta Braves 85

Arizona Diamondbacks 84

Chicago White Sox 84

Baltimore Orioles 83

Seattle Mariners 81

New York Mets 79

Kansas City Royals 77

Oakland Athletics 77

Florida Marlins 76

Washington Nationals 75

Cincinnati Reds 75

Detroit Tigers 75

Houston Astros 75

Toronto Blue Jays 74

Cleveland Indians 73

Pittsburgh Pirates 73

San Diego Padres 72

When I ran these by a pal in Boston (a non-gamer) his first reaction was "That game must be pitching heavy." That's a reasonably perceptive remark and based on my time with it, he may have the explanation. Boston's hitting lineup doesn't look as good as the Yankees, nor would I say it beats the Phillies. They picked up Adrian Beltre in the offseason but he spent most of 2009 hurt and he hasn't sniffed a prestige number in any hitting category since a bust-out year in 2004 to get him a huge contract in Seattle. Mike Cameron is no Jason Bay, who departed for the Mets. Ortiz faces questions after last year. Also, Marco Scutaro.

But again, this doesn't count for much right now. Game Informer notes Kansas City's 77 and wonders if it's the team's highest rating since the days of Kevin Seitzer, Mark Gubicza and Bo Jackson. I'm not even sure what game in the 1980s we'd use for comparison. Did RBI Baseball supply team rankings? I can't remember.

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