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Dodgers separate from Giants in baseball rankings roundup

Philadelphia Phillies’ A.J. Ellis hits a two-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. His trade from the Dodgers did not sit well with ace Clayton Kershaw. Ellis had been his catcher since they were minor league teammates in 2007.
Philadelphia Phillies’ A.J. Ellis hits a two-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York. His trade from the Dodgers did not sit well with ace Clayton Kershaw. Ellis had been his catcher since they were minor league teammates in 2007. The Associated Press

The Dodgers expanded their lead over the Giants in the National League West last week, and also according to the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, SI.com).

The Dodgers, following a 5-2 week that included a series win over the Chicago Cubs, the team with the best record in the majors, boast an average ranking of 5.75, a rankings jump of nearly two full places. The Giants, 3-3 last week, gained slightly. They’re up to 9.0 from 9.75.

Meanwhile, among the state’s other teams not involved in a playoff chase, the A’s and Angels were both 4-2 last week, but Oakland holds a 23.0-23.5 edge over Los Angeles. The Padres (2-4) dropped two full positions to 26.25.

Sorting the data:

Dodgers

Average rank: 5.75

Average change: +1.5

High/low: 4/7

From USA Today (No. 6): “Most controversial trade of a .194-hitting backup catcher (A.J. Ellis) in baseball history.”

Giants

Average rank: 9.0

Average change: +0.75

High/low: 8/11

From Bleacher Report (No. 11): “Madison Bumgarner entered the month having pitched at least six innings in 20 of his 22 starts on the year, but he's been limited to five innings three times in August. That included his previous two starts leading up to his latest outing Sunday, and a solid performance (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER) has to be a positive sign as the team gears up for the stretch run.”

A’s

Average rank: 23.0

Average change: +2.25

High/low: 21/26

From ESPN (No. 23): “The A's had an up-and-down week but managed to take a series from the AL Central-leading Indians. After a tough loss on Monday, when Andrew Triggs pitched very well, the bats came alive as Oakland took the next two by 5-1 and 9-1 margins.”

Angels

Average rank: 23.5

Average change: +2.75

High/low: 22/26

From USA Today (No. 23): “Albert Pujols tops 100-RBI mark for third time in five Angels seasons. Mike Trout certainly helps.”

Padres

Average rank: 26.25

Average change: -2.0

High/low: 24/27

From USA Today (No. 27): “This Week in Ryan Schimpf: 7 for 16 (.438), 2 homers, 2 triples.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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