San Francisco Giants

Giants’ road slip has baseball rankings roundup consequences

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence waves to fans at Raley Field during a rehabilitation game with the River Cats, on Sunday July 24, 2016 in West Sacramento. Pence is rehabbing a hamstring injury.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence waves to fans at Raley Field during a rehabilitation game with the River Cats, on Sunday July 24, 2016 in West Sacramento. Pence is rehabbing a hamstring injury. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

A week ago, the Giants enjoyed an average ranking of second among the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today and SI.com).

But that was before they went 1-4 against the Red Sox and Yankees.

That struggle was not unnoticed by the national power rankings, and the Giants have an average ranking of fourth this week. Their most precipitous drop was from third to seventh in Bleacher Report’s poll. USA Today looked more kindly on the Giants’ slump, dropping them from first to second.

The Dodgers enjoyed a slight improvement and average an 8.25 ranking.

As has been the case for most of the season, the Angels (21.75), A’s 22.25) and Padres (23.25) round out the rest of the California teams.

Sorting the data:

Giants

Average rank: 4

Average change: -2

High/low: 2/7

From Bleacher Report (No. 7): “The team is looking for a “meaningful piece” to add to the bullpen before the deadline, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. Meanwhile, getting Hunter Pence and Joe Panik back healthy, among others, should give the offense a boost.”

Dodgers

Average rank: 8.25

Average change: +0.5

High/low: 4/10

From ESPN (No. 9): “After losing in 16 innings on Friday, the Dodgers won the next two games in St. Louis. Good sign: Adrian Gonzalez homered in both wins. Gonzalez has just nine home runs and 27 extra-base hits, so getting more power from him down the stretch will be a big key to catching the Giants.”

Angels

Average rank: 21/75

Average change: +1/5

High/low: 21/22

From ESPN (No. 21): “Nick Tropeano became the third Angels starter this year to tear a ligament in his elbow, joining Andrew Heaney and Garrett Richards.”

Padres

Average rank: 23.25

Average change: -0.75

High/low: 23/24

From USA Today (No. 23): “Is Melvin Upton the next star out the door?”

A’s

Average rank: 22.25

Average change: +2.5

High/low: 21/23

From Bleacher Report (No. 21): “It was a nice week for the Oakland Athletics, who picked up series wins over the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays – and did so in dramatic fashion with three walk-off victories. Despite that strong week of play, this team is still a clear seller at the (trade) deadline. … Outfielder Josh Reddick (with pitcher Rich Hill) is the other marquee trade chip on the roster.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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