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Baseball rankings roundup: Dodgers drop like a rock

Madison Bumgarner kept the Giants trending upward when he pitched San Francisco past the Mets on Sunday in New York.
Madison Bumgarner kept the Giants trending upward when he pitched San Francisco past the Mets on Sunday in New York. The Associated Press

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had the highest jump among the five California major-league teams in four weekly power rankings (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today and Si.com) – an average of 1.75 spots – mainly because of Si.com, which raised the Angels five spots.

The Giants are ranked highest at an average of 12.5. They had a slight rise – an average of half of a point – after sweeping three from the Padres and dropping two of three to the Mets.

The Padres bounced back from the sweep at the hands of the Giants to take two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers. They fell by an average of three-quarters of a point in the rankings.

The A’s lost five of six after winning six in a row, and their stock dropped an average of two spots.

The Dodgers were riding high last week, with an average ranking of 4.25. But after being swept by the Miami Marlins in a four-game series and the series loss to the Padres, they dropped an average of 8.75 points in this week’s rankings.

Sorting the data:

Giants

Average rank: 12.5

Average change: +0.5

High/low: 11/14

From Bleacher Report (No. 14): “So far, the trio of Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija have formed exactly the type of three-headed monster the San Francisco Giants envisioned when they signed the latter two this past offseason. … However, Matt Cain (0-3, 7.00 ERA) and Jake Peavy (1-2, 8.61 ERA) have been awful at the back of the rotation, so it may be time for a change.”

Dodgers

Average rank: 13

Average change: -8.75

Hi/low: 12/14

From Bleacher Report (No. 12): “If not for Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers may very well have fallen even further in these rankings, as they were staring down back-to-back series sweeps at the hands of the Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres heading into Sunday’s game. Kershaw was brilliant against the Padres on Sunday, though, striking out 14 in a three-hit shutout and driving in the only run of the game with an RBI single.”

A’s

Average rank: 18

Average change: -2

High/low: 17/19

From ESPN (No. 17): “Sonny Gray continues to have trouble finding the strike zone and left his start against the Tigers on Wednesday after just two innings and four walks, the shortest stint of his career. ‘I didn’t have anything,’ Gray said. He’s walked 15 batters in 28  1/3 innings, although he’d been able to limit the damage before that outing.”

Angels

Average rank: 21

Average change: +1.75

High/low: 18/23

From Bleacher Report (No. 21): “Meanwhile, the pitching staff has been solid with a 3.64 team ERA that ranks 10th in the majors. However, it’s currently without closer Huston Street, who landed on the disabled list last week with an oblique strain. Standout setup man Joe Smith, who saved 15 games in 2014, will take over ninth-inning duties in his absence.”

Padres

Average rank: 27

Average change: -0.75

High/low: 25/29

From Bleacher Report (No. 25): “The win-loss record may not reflect it, but there have been plenty of positives to take away from the first month of action. Tops on that list is a resurgent Wil Myers, who has made the move to first base this year after a pair of injury-plagued seasons. He leads the team in batting average (.300) and hits (30) while ranking second in home runs (five) and RBI (13).”

Compiled by Chris La Marr

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