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MLB power rankings: Haves, have-nots emerge

Yardbarker Logo By Matt Whitener of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 30: The defending champs look completely capable of becoming the first team to defend their title since the 2000 Yankees. Their +188 run differential is over 20 runs better than where they were at last year’s All-Star break. Their 500 runs are the second-most in the AL, while the 312 runs their star-studded pitching staff has surrendered are 50 fewer than any other team.

1. Houston Astros (Previous: same)

The defending champs look completely capable of becoming the first team to defend their title since the 2000 Yankees. Their +188 run differential is over 20 runs better than where they were at last year’s All-Star break. Their 500 runs are the second-most in the AL, while the 312 runs their star-studded pitching staff has surrendered are 50 fewer than any other team.

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