The Dodgers and Giants were the state’s only teams to post winning records last week, and that tells you everything you need to know about this week’s baseball rankings roundup.
The Dodgers lead with an average ranking of 5.0, comfortably ahead of the Giants (7.75) in in the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, SI.com).
Both the Dodgers and Giants were 4-2 last week. The Dodgers led the National League West and the Giants, thanks to a sweep of Arizona, lead the wild-card standings.
Meanwhile, the Angels (22), A’s (25) and Padres (26.5) continue to play out the season. Curious statistical quirk of the week should go to the A’s, who showed an average gain of plus 0.25, despite finishing the week with three consecutive losses to the Mariners. Their 3-2 loss was played before an intimate Coliseum crowd of 13,610. That was not the smallest crowd of the season. The A’s drew 10,407 in a 3-2 win over Baltimore on Aug. 8.
Sorting the data:
Average rank: 5.0
Average change: +1.0
From SI.com (No. 6): “… and management’s plan to deploy youth, depth and data to their advantage now looks wise: 22-year-old shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as the team’s best position player and an MVP candidate, and a balanced roster is just three weeks from producing a fourth straight division title. All of that with the best pitcher on the planet having missed 2 1/2 months with a back injury.”
Average rank: 7.75
Average change: +0.5
From ESPN.com (No. 10): “The Giants lost three of four to the Cubs and two of three to the Rockies, but the Diamondbacks showed up on their schedule just in time. Since Arizona swept San Francisco early in the season, the Giants have gone 13-3 against their division foe.”
Average rank: 22.0
Average change: -1.75
From USA Today (No. 22): “Intriguing off-season saga: WIll Jered Weaver pitch again?”
Average rank: 25.0
Average change: +0.25
From USA Today (No. 25): “There's competition, but Billy Butler deal might be worst in Billy Beane's tenure.”
Average rank: 26.5
Average change: +0.75
From Bleacher Report (No. 27): “The star of the week was left-hander Christian Friedrich, who twirled a gem Saturday against the Rockies. A former first-round pick in 2008 by that same Rockies team, Friedrich allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 10 over seven scoreless innings.”
Compiled by Jeff Caraska