Monday, May 20, 2013

Reds surge toward top in new MLB power rankings

Cincinnati is the biggest winner in ESPN's newly released MLB Power Rankings.
Apparently, the pollsters were impressed with the six-game winning streak the Reds strung together in the past week. That streak came to an end in Philadelphia over the weekend, though, as the Reds dropped two of three from the feisty Phillies.
Nonetheless, Dusty Baker's bunch still landed at spot No. 3 this week in the rankings. That is up seven spots from the previous week, which is the highest jump for any team in baseball. Baltimore experienced the worst drop, falling nine spots from No. 4 to No. 13.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals fell off the top perch and down to No. 2.
The voting panel was comprised of Tim Kurkjian, David Schoenfield, and Jayson Stark. However, former Red and Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin also voiced his opinion on air Monday, and he didn't think so highly of his former team.
Larkin excluded Cincy from his top five, choosing to include the Rangers, Indians, Yankees, Cardinals, and Pirates, instead. I know he has to be neutral, but there is no way I'm ready to dub the Pirates a better overall team than the Reds at this point. Let's wait until July before we say the Buccos have turned the ship around. Twenty straight losing seasons isn't coincidence.
Click here to check out the full rankings.

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