Monday, June 2, 2014

Reds take inexplicable tumble in updated power rankings


Despite winning four out of five games on the road to close out the week, the Reds inexplicably slipped three spots in the latest batch of MLB Power Rankings from ESPN.com.

Cincinnati began the week with two losses to the Dodgers before avoiding a sweep in Los Angeles and picking up three wins in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. With Joey Votto and Mat Latos scheduled to come off the disabled list soon, one could argue that the Reds currently have more momentum at this point than they have all season.

Unfortunately, beating up on one of baseball's worst teams (record-wise) didn't impress the voters this week, thus explaining Cincinnati's No. 21 ranking.

As for the rest of the National League Central, the upstart Brewers occupied the 6th-spot, the Cardinals the 7th, the Pirates the 20th, and only the D'backs kept the lowly Cubs from ranking dead last.

Coming up this week for the Reds is a pair of home series against the Phillies and Giants. San Francisco enters Great American Ball Park with the best record in MLB while Philadelphia will likely roll into town in last place in the National League East.

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