The Giants’ post-All-Star break slump continues into August, but as of Monday, they still led the Dodgers by a game in the National League West. The Giants (2-4 last week) managed an average rank of 6.75 in the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, SI.com).
The Dodgers (3-3) are 8.25, though they inexplicably dropped three spots in ESPN’s poll despite taking two of three from the Red Sox (who rose a spot in ESPN’s rankings, from 10th to ninth despite going 3-4).
Meanwhile, the rest of California’s Major League teams continue to camp out in the 20s (the Angels average ranking is 22.0, the Padres 24.75 and the A’s 25.5). Of the five teams, only the Padres enjoyed a positive average change (plus-1.0).
Sorting the data:
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Average rank: 6.75
Average change: -1.25
From Bleacher Report (No. 9): “The San Francisco Giants have gone an MLB-worst 6-15 since the All-Star break, and their struggles continued last week with series losses to the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. With Joe Panik and Hunter Pence back healthy and the trio of Eduardo Nunez, Matt Moore and Will Smith acquired at the trade deadline, the Giants theoretically should be hitting their stride right about now.”
Average rank: 8.25
Average change: -0.75
From Bleacher Report (No. 7): “Justin Turner remains one of the hottest hitters in baseball, putting up a 1.073 OPS with nine doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBI in 20 games since the All-Star break. The 31-year-old is a free agent at season's end and is setting himself up for a nice payday if he can keep things rolling.”
Average rank: 22.0
Average change: -0.75
From SI.com (No. 21): “(Mike) Trout is batting a massive .316/.427/.555, right up there with his best career performances. He leads the AL in Wins Above Replacement this year, just as he did in each of the previous four seasons. And while WAR isn’t an immutable statistic by any means, the mental gymnastics required to deny Trout his hardware over the past few years have become almost Bondsian.”
Average rank: 24.75
Average change: +1.0
From USA Today (No. 24): “Recognize anyone in their lineup not named Wil Myers?”
Average rank: 25.5
Average change: -2.25
From ESPN (No. 26): “Sonny Gray was put on the disabled list with a strained forearm, as his miserable season continues (5.74 ERA).”
Compiled by Jeff Caraska