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Baseball rankings roundup: Dodgers lead, but A’s climb

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Denver.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Denver. The Associated Press

Sure, the Los Angeles Dodgers are having the most success of the state’s five major league teams, but the Oakland A’s took the biggest jump.

Thanks to a six-game winning streak, the A’s gained a total of 27 spots across four weekly power rankings (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today and SI.com) and have an average ranking of 16th. Though overall the A’s are still ranked behind the Dodgers (average ranking of 4.25) and San Francisco Giants (13th), they easily made the most noise.

The San Diego Padres rank last with an average 26.25 ranking, but they enjoyed an overall climb of seven spots. Meanwhile, despite Albert Pujols’ recent power surge, the Los Angeles Angels dropped six spots across the four polls and have an average ranking of 22.25.

Sorting the data:

Dodgers

Average rank: 4.25

Average change: +1.25

High/low: 4/5

From ESPN (No. 5): “Kenta Maeda’s first four starts: 3-0, 25 1/3 innings pitched, 17 hits, five walks, 23 strikeouts, 0.36 ERA. Scott Kazmir said he will continue pitching through the discomfort of an injured left thumb and wrist he has been dealing with since the end of spring training. The Dodgers play 16 of their next 21 at home.”

A’s

Average rank: 16.00

Average change: +6.75

High/low: 11/18

Bleacher Report (No. 18): “Ryan Madson is now a perfect 7-for-7 on save chances with a 1.86 ERA and .194 opponent batting average. His three-year, $22 million deal looked excessive when he signed it this offseason, but the 35-year-old has lived up to his price tag so far.”

Giants

Average rank: 13.00

Average change: -4

High/low: 11/16

Bleacher Report (No. 16): “Matt Cain (4 GS, 0-2, 6.43 ERA) and Jake Peavy (4 GS, 1-1, 6.86 ERA) are both off to rough starts in the rotation, but Peavy turned in a promising outing on Saturday when he earned the win with seven innings of seven-hit, two-run ball.”

Angels

Average rank: 22.25

Average change: -1.25

High/low: 22/23

SI.com (No. 23): “The Angels rank dead last in the majors in runs scored, as owner Arte Moreno’s refusal to stretch payroll and threaten the luxury-tax threshold this off-season has resulted in an offense that looks listless outside of Mike Trout.”

Padres

Average rank: 26.25

Average change: +1.75

High/low: 24/27

USA Today (No. 24): “Melvin Upton’s .353 on-base percentage an encouraging early sign.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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