Monday, May 26, 2014

Reds slip a spot in latest power rankings



Despite starting the week strong by taking a series from the Nationals in Washington, the Reds faltered over the weekend by losing two out of three at home against the rival Cardinals to close out the week.

It all added up to a 22-26 record heading into Monday's game in Los Angeles and a No. 18 ranking in the latest batch of MLB Power Rankings released by ESPN.com on Monday. For those keeping score at home, it represents a one spot drop for Bryan Price's crew.

The Reds have their work cut out for them in the week ahead to improve that ranking too. They pay a visit to the Dodgers for three games before concluding the seven-game West Coast road trip with a trek to Arizona this weekend. Sure, the Diamondbacks may have the second-worst record in baseball right now, but Cincinnati always seems to struggle when playing out west.

As for the rest of the National League Central, the Cubs moved up one spot to No. 28, the Pirates climbed two notches to No. 22, the Brewers slid three slots to No. 7 and the Cardinals stayed steady at No. 5.

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