Monday, June 30, 2014

Reds soar in newly updated power rankings

On the strength of becoming the first team in history to sweep San Francisco in a four-game series at AT&T Park, the Reds have now won five straight, eight out of nine, and 14 of their last 18 games.

Their recent surge has catapulted them into sole possession of second place in the division with a record of 43-38. Although they still remain 6.5 games back of Milwaukee, the Reds are currently tied with Washington and St. Louis for the second Wild Card spot.

It goes without saying, really, but Bryan Price's club is playing its best baseball of the season right now. Subsequently, this also means the Reds are soaring in the recently released power rankings.

Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated released their batches of power rankings on Monday. In ESPN's version, the Reds climbed three spots over last week to No. 12, but they did well to jump five slots to No. 10 in Sports Illustrated's rankings.

What do these rankings mean? Absolutely nothing. They are more or less pieces to start debate. But it is good to see the Reds rise toward the top.

Cincinnati will have a chance to continue its winning ways Monday night when it kicks off a three-game series in PETCO Park against San Diego. After an off day on Thursday, the Redlegs will return home from their 10-game road trip for a crucial battle against the division-leading Brewers, followed by four games versus the Cubs and three more against the Pirates.

The Reds have made up a ton of ground over the last two weeks in the standings. But they have the opportunity to grab even more with their upcoming slate. Can they do it?

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