Based on the strength of winning five of their last seven games, the Reds moved up five spots in the latest batch of MLB Power Rankings presented by ESPN. They currently rank a modest 19th.
Cincinnati turned around its fortunes by winning both series it played this past week. This coming after the club dropped each of its first four series to open the season.
In case you are wondering, the red-hot Brewers claimed the top overall spot in the rankings, thanks in large part to going 13-3 in their last 16 contests. The Cardinals are nipping on Milwaukee's heels by ranking second in the dubious poll.
Despite sporting a worst record (8-11) and losing the series to the Reds last week, Pittsburgh somehow managed to rank six spots ahead of Bryan Price's team at 13th. Meanwhile, the only team keeping the lowly Cubs from dead last was the woeful Astros.
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.