Commentary

The Pujols effect

The superstar slugger had an outsized impact on this week's power rankings

Updated: April 4, 2012, 6:08 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
Albert PujolsAP Photo/Morry GashAlbert Pujols' move to the Angels will have an impact on MLB this year, but not as big as you think.

Albert Pujols has been at or near the center of the baseball universe for more than a decade, and his leaving the St. Louis Cardinals after their World Series triumph to join the Los Angeles Angels was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, stories of baseball's offseason.

But as good as Pujols is -- and he is very, very, very good -- he is only one man, and one player can have only so much impact on a team's win total. However, you wouldn't know that from looking at the Week 1 MLB Power Rankings, where the Angels come in much higher than they should have (No. 3) and the Cardinals come in a bit lower than they deserve (No. 9).