Monday, August 26, 2013

Reds rank ninth in latest batch of league power rankings

Last week started off very well for Dusty Baker and the Reds as they took care of business against the Diamondbacks, the team currently trying to track down the Reds for the last Wild Card spot, by winning three out of four against Kirk Gibson's club. However, Cincinnati couldn't carry over that positive momentum to the weekend, dropping two out of three at Great American Ball Park against the lowly Brewers.

Luckily, the Cardinals and Pirates didn't exactly capitalize on the opportunity to distance themselves in the division standings, so the Reds remained just 2.5 games back of first place entering play on Monday. Due to a two-way tie at the top, they also remained 2.5 games back for the first Wild Card spot, too.

Anyways, given their performance over the past week, coupled with the performances of the other clubs in Major League Baseball, the Reds slipped one spot to No. 9 in this week's edition of ESPN Power Rankings.

The Reds face a challenge this week to move up in the standings and the rankings as they travel to St. Louis to take on the rival Redbirds for a three-game series beginning Monday night on ESPN. Anyone who has followed the Reds over the past decade is well aware of how poorly they traditionally play there. So, winning two out of three would definitely have to be considered a huge self esteem boost.

Speaking of the Cardinals, they jumped three spots to No. 4 this week in the rankings, while the Pirates fell one slot to No. 7.

The Brewers (No. 26) and Cubs (No. 28) each took a tumble this week despite Milwaukee's surprise series victory in the Queen City.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ and Jayson Stark of

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