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PostPosted: April 9 18, 12:00 pm 
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Power Rankings (ESPN)

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/23042225/ranking-mlb-teams-week-1

1. Houston Astros
Record: 8-2

2. Boston Red Sox
Record: 8-1

3. New York Yankees
Record: 5-5

4. Washington Nationals
Record: 4-5

5. Chicago Cubs
Record: 5-4

6. Arizona Diamondbacks
Record: 7-2

7. Los Angeles Angels
Record: 7-3

8. Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 3-6

9. New York Mets
Record: 7-1

10. Cleveland Indians
Record: 4-5

11. Minnesota Twins
Record: 4-3

12. Pittsburgh Pirates
Record: 7-2

13. St. Louis Cardinals
Record: 4-5

14. Toronto Blue Jays
Record: 6-4

15. Milwaukee Brewers
Record: 5-5

16. Colorado Rockies
Record: 5-5

17. Seattle Mariners
Record: 4-3

18. Atlanta Braves
Record: 6-3

19. San Francisco Giants
Record: 4-4

20. Baltimore Orioles
Record: 4-6

21. Texas Rangers
Record: 4-7

22. Philadelphia Phillies
Record: 3-5

23. Oakland Athletics
Record: 4-7

24. Chicago White Sox
Record: 3-5

25. Tampa Bay Rays
Record: 1-8

26. Kansas City Royals
Record: 2-5

27. San Diego Padres
Record: 2-8

28. Cincinnati Reds
Record: 2-6

29. Detroit Tigers
Record: 4-4

30. Miami Marlins
Record: 3-6

I am sure it is just my naïveté but I always thought power rankings were mostly influenced by on field performance. That being said; I don't know how the 3-6 Dodgers are in the top ten.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/ct-spt-mlb-torey-lovullo-yadier-molina-sullivan-20180409-story.html

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1. Watch your words
Major League Baseball needs to suspend Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and send a message that his punkish behavior is not acceptable.

2. Me TV
Speaking of profane outbursts, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was also caught on camera Sunday mouthing a profanity a few times while shouting to an unnamed Brewers player from third base.

3. Sho Time
Shohei Ohtani may be the most refreshing thing to hit baseball since Mark Fidrych’s rookie season in Detroit.

4. World War III (cont.)
Warning: The Red Sox and Yankees resume their rivalry Tuesday in Boston. Bring a comfy pillow.

5. Dance fever
Marlins Park tries to make up for its small crowds with the loudest in-game music this side of a ZZ Top concert. It was ear-splitting dance club music and was impossible to tune out even with noise-canceling headphones.


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Dexter Fowler's daughter and her school are paying close attention to the Cardinals' stats


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Following up on the Power Rankings: We dropped two more spots (from 13 to 15) and now seven spots from the pre-season ranking of eight. ESPN contributors not impressed by a sweep of the Reds. Also: ESPN Power Rankings are and have been for a long time, pointless.


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PostPosted: April 16 18, 9:25 am 
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Hoot45 wrote:
Following up on the Power Rankings: We dropped two more spots (from 13 to 15) and now seven spots from the pre-season ranking of eight. ESPN contributors not impressed by a sweep of the Reds. Also: ESPN Power Rankings are and have been for a long time, pointless.


The only rankings that really matter are the standings at the end of the season...but hey got to have something to talk about.

I find the power rankings are always difficult to explain though; for every reason that is given for why a team is ranked low; often the same reasons could be applied to a team that is ranked high. Haters gonna hate.


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