On Monday, the baseball gurus at ESPN put their collective minds together and released their weekly batch of Major League Baseball Power Rankings.
After holding down the No. 3 overall spot in last week's edition, the Cincinnati Reds slipped one spot to No. 4 this time around, after posting a 3-4 record against the likes of the Pirates and the Diamondbacks. Falling one spot on the list isn't too bad when you consider the boys from the Queen City didn't exactly have a banner week on the diamond.
The Reds will hope to improve their position this upcoming week, however, it won't be easy as they face an odd two-game series in Oakland on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a three-game set against the Rangers in Texas over the weekend. They do receive two off days sprinkled throughout the course of the week, though. The Reds boast one on Monday and another on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the pesky St. Louis Cardinals continue to cling to both the best record in the division and baseball, in addition to the top spot in ESPN's power rankings, too.
Other rankings for National League Central Division foes include Pittsburgh (7), Chicago (24), and Milwaukee (27).
Don't look now but the previously slumping Toronto Blue Jays jumped up nine spots to No. 12 on this list on the strength of an 11-game winning streak. Maybe those lofty preseason expectations weren't so illegitimate after all?
This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. So, get at them with any complaints or compliments you have about the overall rankings.