The last week hasn't been so good for Dusty Baker and the Reds and that is reflected in the latest batch of MLB Power Rankings unveiled by ESPN.com on Monday.
Cincinnati fell two spots to number five in this edition after posting a 2-4 record at home against the likes of the Rockies and Cardinals. Sunday's, 11-4, loss was extra painful as the bullpen melted down in extra innings in front of a national television audience. However, more important is the fact that the Reds squandered an opportunity to get within two games of the first-place Redbirds, but now find themselves four games back, instead.
Speaking of St. Louis, they held the top spot in the rankings for the second week in a row, while the Red Sox, Braves, and Athletics occupied spots 2-4, respectively.
The Redlegs will aim to get back on track this week as they battle the Cubs in Chicago for a four-game set before returning home to host the Brewers for a three-game weekend series.
[ESPN MLB Power Rankings]