Monday, September 9, 2013

Reds move up in latest batch of MLB power rankings


It's hard to remember a more exciting week of Cincinnati Reds baseball than the one they just completed.

The previous week began by taking three out of four against arch-nemesis St. Louis at Great American Ball Park. The only loss came in Wednesday's 16-inning contest that lasted nearly five hours.

On Friday, the Reds welcomed the surging Los Angeles Dodgers to town, while holding a weekend-long celebration to honor Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and his statue unveiling.

Cincinnati paid homage to their legendary second basemen by proceeding to win each game of the series by one-run. Saturday and Sunday's victories came via the walk-off variety.

So, it was only fitting that the Reds be rewarded with a better spot in this week's batch of MLB Power Rankings by ESPN. The boys from the Queen City managed to inch up two spots to No. 8 based on the strength of a 6-1 week.

The Pirates dropped two spots to No. 7 while the Cardinals moved up a couple of slots to No. 5.

The Red Sox claimed the top spot, while the Dodgers, Braves, and Tigers occupied positions one through four, respectively.

All in all, there wasn't a whole lot of movement in this week's edition. The Blue Jays made the biggest jump, moving three spots to No. 18, while the Mets and Rangers tied for the biggest drop (three).

You can check out the whole list here.

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