MLB Power Rankings: Week 15


MLB Power Rankings: Week 15

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 MLB teams.

Take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 First Half

JJ Comments 1
Tony: They're starting to run away with the East.
JJ: Get Sabathia back soon, but could use additional SP.
Tony: Will they land Hamels or another high-end SP?
JJ: Solidly a top-2 team. Need Hamilton to get going again.
Tony: Strasburg could be dynamic in the bullpen when he's done starting.
JJ: Maybe Strasburg should hit after 160 IP: Has a 1.102 OPS.
Tony: Youkilis best deal of the year so far.
JJ: Joey Votto has somewhat close to Ruthian OBPSLG numbers.
Tony: Mike Trout is amazing, but SP issues creeping up.
JJ: Clear favorites for the first Wild Card.
Tony: The Cutch is The Bomb.
JJ: Very close to Yankees, Rangers in expected W-L.
Tony: They've had rough luck at SS this year.
JJ: Would be ironic if Sheets cools interest in Greinke from MIL.
Tony: Votto injury is, like, the worst buzzkill ever.
JJ: Andrew McCutchen: .371.423.651, 21 HR. Wow.
Tony: This team will go as far as Lincecum's right arm will allow.
JJ: Lincecum looked good in last start, can it last?
Tony: Will Kemp, Ethier stop recent slide?
JJ: Still need another SP, but they look to be back.
Tony: Is this the hot streak we've been waiting for?
JJ: Fading fast. Will need help just to reach playoffs at this point.
Tony: Don't seem like a contender right now.
JJ: Still hanging around WC battle, but for how long?
Tony: Curious to see what they'll do before deadline.
JJ: Their undoing, currently? 6-14 vs. AL Central.
Tony: Can Ellsbury, Crawford inject life into this team?
JJ: Recent hot streak has them as a legit WC contender.
Tony: Just hanging around, but for how much longer?
JJ: Don't sleep on them. They'll be in it in two months.
Tony: OK, this is where they regress now. Right?
JJ: Santana's ERA above 5 since throwing no-no.
Tony: Not a contender, despite Ike Davis' turnaround.
JJ: Still like them for second WC when they get healthy.
Tony: Hottest team in baseball right now.
JJ: 12-16 vs. division. Good team in wrong division.
Tony: They need Morrow back,
JJ: Hanging on by a thread, now third in AL Central.
Tony: Yep, they're sellers at the deadline.
JJ: Could get a bounty for Greinke, but not out of race yet.
Tony: It's a circus in Miami, right Bryce Harper?
JJ: From a distance, Upton's downturn is just confounding.
Tony: Swept by Cubs? Ouch...
JJ: Getting healthy, but may be too late.
Tony: I'm not ready to count them out just yet.
JJ: A rudderless team too concerned with pine tar.
Tony: Hosmer was off to 0-for-11 start in 2nd half.
JJ: A future rotation of FelixHultzenWalker should be fun.
Tony: Good to see them playing some solid ball.
JJ: Rizzo effect: Haven't lost a series since his call-up.
Tony: King Felix is re-crowned.
JJ: Getting killed in division, have an 11-21 record in AL Central.
Tony: Would they listen to offers on Mauer ever?
JJ: Trade bait? Liriano has 2.83 ERA since return to rotation.
Tony: How many trade pieces do they really have?
JJ: Chase Headley would be a great get for a contending team.
Tony: They're just lucky 'Stros are around.
JJ: Pomeranz a bright spot in a war zone of a rotation.
Tony: Don't see them climbing out of here anymore.
JJ: Back to where they started the year: dead last.

White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success


White Sox Talk Podcast: How Sox fans are dealing with Cubs success

In our next installment of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien is joined by Chris Kamka and Slavko Bekovic to discuss how White Sox fans are dealing with success on the North Side.

Later, White Sox fan and CSN producer Ryan McGuffey talks about his experience producing Cubs content. Finally, Cubs fan Nate Poppen shares his thoughts on Frank Kaminsky wearing a Steve Bartman jersey to the United Center before a Bulls-Hornets preseason game.

Check out the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast here:

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

White Sox coaching staff will rely more heavily on statistics

Statistical analysis will weigh more heavily on the White Sox coaching staff’s daily decisions after Joe McEwing was elevated to Rick Renteria’s bench coach on Friday.

McEwing -- whose influence led to a 957 percent increase in defensive shifts utilized from 2013-16 -- replaces Renteria, who was named the team’s new manager on Oct. 3 after Robin Ventura announced he wouldn’t return.

Former player development director Nick Capra replaces McEwing as third-base coach while Curt Hasler was promoted from minor-league pitching coordinator to replace bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen.

McEwing’s promotion is another sign the franchise will stress the use of statistical analysis when constructing its lineup, etc., a move Ventura suggested was in progress when he said the White Sox needed a new voice. Renteria likes how he worked with McEwing last season and suggested analysis would have a big impact on their day-to-day operations.

“All the information that is provided to us plays an important part in how we move forward,” Renteria said. “We look at outcomes, which are the statistical analysis aspects. But then we are also trying to stay ahead of the curve. We do a lot of video work, trying to see if guys are changing their approaches. In terms of the shifts, we did incorporate shifts, but we also did some modifications as was to be expected when you see guys changing approaches with two strikes and things of that nature or runners in scoring position -- all those different aspects that come into play.”

Similar to many organizations, the White Sox have drastically modified how they align themselves defensively over the past four seasons under McEwing and general manager Rick Hahn. According to FanGraphs, the White Sox went from being ranked 27th in shifts implemented in 2013 to ninth by 2014 with an increase from 102 to 588. The White Sox shifted 1,079 times last season and McEwing has been instrumental in that transformation, several team sources said. It’s reasonable to expect analysis will be used more often in lineup construction and game strategy under Renteria, too. He didn’t shy away from the use of statistical analysis when he managed on the other side of town in 2014, Cubs third-base coach Gary Jones said last week.

“It’s part of our daily preparation,” Jones said. “Rick is good with it as we are right now. It was definitely a part of the equation, no doubt.”

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Renteria cited familiarity when asked why he didn’t go outside of the organization for coaching staff hires. McEwing has long been held in high regard within the franchise and interviewed for managerial openings in Houston and Texas in 2014. Renteria suggested McEwing’s work ethic -- and how he works -- had a big impact on his promotion.

“Having sat side by side (with McEwing) going over a lot of game reviews and studying the opposition and setting up defense, I got to know him quite well,” Renteria said. “He’s a hard worker. He’s in there early looking for anything that will give us an edge. His managing experience and coaching experience also allows him an opportunity to be able to serve me well.

“It’s a good fit. We both are kind of high energy. Joey might be a little higher energy than me and I didn’t think that was possible. He brings a lot to the table.”

The White Sox announced the rest of its staff -- first-base coach Daryl Boston, pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Todd Steverson, assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks and bullpen catcher Mark Salas -- would return in 2017.