The A’s are on their way to finishing another nondescript season. For the seventh time in 10 seasons, the playoffs will likely be just a distant goal in the haze.
But in this week of the baseball rankings roundup, the A’s can at least claim superiority over their California counterparts.
At 4-3, they were the only team with an above-.500 record for the week. With an average rise of 1.25 in the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, SI.com), they are also the state’s only team to boast an ascension of at least one full spot.
Never mind the A’s average ranking of 24.25 is only good enough to outdistance the Padres (24.5) and falling Angels (25.5). For a week, the Green and Gold can gloat – statistically speaking, that is.
Meanwhile, the Giants (6.75 average ranking) and Dodgers (7.75) continue to wage their slow-motion race for the National League West title. Both teams were 3-3 last week and the Dodgers averaged an average improvement in the rankings of just .5. The Giants managed to repeat their average ranking from a week ago.
Sorting the data:
Average rank: 6.75
Average change: 0.0
From Bleacher Report (No. 9): “Their 9-17 record since the All-Star break is still the worst in all of baseball, and the fact that they are still division leaders despite that slide is a borderline miracle. Johnny Cueto (6 GS, 0-2, 4.84 ERA) and Jeff Samardzija (5 GS, 1-3, 5.52 ERA) have both struggled in the second half, and the team as a whole ranks 16th in the majors with a 4.08 ERA since the All-Star break.”
Average rank: 7.75
Average change: +0.5
From Bleacher Report (No. 6): “Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list last week, but he made it just one inning in his return to action, allowing five hits and five earned runs. Meanwhile, Brandon McCarthy was placed on the DL with hip stiffness, so the rotation carousel continues to spin.”
Average rank: 24.25
Average change: +1.25
From ESPN (No. 22): “Khris Davis continues to mash home runs. He hit his 30th on Sunday and has a chance at 40 this season. The most recent A’s player to hit 40 homers was Jason Giambi, who had 43 in 2000.”
Average rank: 24.5
Average change: +0.25
From ESPN (No. 24): “Ryan Schimpf’s power surge shouldn’t surprise anyone. He homered at least 20 times in the minors in each of the past four seasons.”
Average rank: 25.5
Average change: -3.5
From USA Today (No. 24): “(Their) 0-9 road trip was worst in 47 years.”
Compiled by Jeff Caraska