Monday, September 16, 2013

Reds hold position in latest batch of team power rankings


Despite posting a disappointing 2-4 record against the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers last week, the Reds held their position at No. 8 in the updated batch of Major League Baseball Power Rankings released by ESPN.com on Monday.

Morale was high heading into the home series against the Cubbies last Monday. However, losing two out of three against a team the Reds had previously handled very easily was quite humbling. Cincinnati followed that series performance with another clunker in Milwaukee, including a heart-breaking defeat on Sunday, which featured a bullpen meltdown, yet another home run robbery from Carlos Gomzez (pictured above), and a walkoff shot to cap it all off.

The good news for the Reds is that they still appear to be in good position to land a postseason spot. They entered Monday with a 4.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals for the last Wild Card spot. For the Nationals to overtake the Reds, Washington would have to go 11-2 in its final 13 games while Cincinnati would have to go 6-6. Although anything is certainly possible, it's highly unlikely the Nats will be able to pull that off, especially when you consider nine of those remaining games come against Atlanta, Arizona, and St. Louis.

As far as the rest of the power rankings go, the Cardinals slipped one spot to No. 6 this week, while the Pirates stood steady at No. 7. It should be noted that no other division in baseball boasted more teams in the top 10 than the National League Central with three.

I would be rude if I didn't include where the Brewers and Cubs finished in the rankings. Milwaukee snuck up one spot to No. 24 while the Lovable Losers also inched up one slot to No. 26.

For the record, the Houston Astros, the team the Reds will be playing three times this week, ranked dead last.

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