MLB Power Rankings: Week 5


MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

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

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Tony: Just wait til Longoria returns and Moore finds it.
JJ: Baseball's best offense, oddly enough thanks no Pujols.
Tony: They just keep right on pitching and winning.
JJ: Scuffling lately, still the best team in the AL.

Tony: The Bryce Harpers are looking dang good.
JJ: Bryce Harper, like this team, is here to stay.
Tony: Rough week for the Chuck Norrises.
JJ: Unbelievable. Pitching has allowed fewest runs in AL.
Tony: They're gunnin for that No. 1 spot, Ludacris style.
JJ: Longoria hurts, but Joyce, Pena have been great.
Tony: Kemp's UFO has taken off and left him here.
JJ: MLB's highest-scoring offense. Kudos to Greg Walker.
Tony: OK. I'm starting to buy in now.
JJ: Falling back to earth, which was inevitable.
Tony: Happy now, LewieDavis? You better be.
JJ: Concerns about rotation greater than 9th inning.

Tony: Bautista, are you going to show up ever?
JJ: Until pitching comes back to earth, Top 10 team.
Tony: Be huge if Scherzer has turned things around.
JJ: Doing just enough right to lead AL Central.
Tony: Rivera injury microcosm of pitching woes.
JJ: Still waiting for them to really come alive.
Tony: Have to make a move toward contention soon.
JJ: Need Latos to improve to really compete.
Tony: Stupid Hamels shoulda kept mouth shut.
JJ: Barry Zito has a 1.76 ERA. It won't last.
Tony: Bumgarner is a bonafide star.
JJ: Things finally coming together on 6-game streak.
Tony: Pujols will turn it on now. Just watch.
JJ: Solid rotation led by, surprisingly, Joe Saunders.
Tony: Need CY back. Like, now.
JJ: With their pitching, eventually they'll win, right?
Tony: Starting staff is straight the bad way.
JJ: Yeah, seriously. Just took 23 from St. Louis.
Tony: Just imagine if Bell, Johnson find it.
JJ: Big hole in rotation with Sale moving to 'pen.
Tony: Sign D-Lee! No, but seriously, they should.
JJ: Hey! Pujols homered!
Tony: Sale move hurts team that has already been falling.
JJ: Lost 5 straight to end the week.
Tony: Keep climbing, boys!!
JJ: Colon-McCarthy an oddly effective 1-2 punch.
Tony: At least they got Johan a win...
JJ: Nowhere near as good as their record.
Tony: Need SP help real bad.
JJ: Pitching'll get better; can they hit around Braun?
Tony: This is team wColon as ace, Reddick as No. 3 hitter. Nope.
JJ: Moyer vs. Chipper > Mayweather vs. Cotto. 25
Tony: Altuve the poster boy for upstart 'Stros.
JJ: LaHair building a legit case to start All-Star Game.
Tony: Can the offense ever wake up for good?
JJ: King Felix has a 1.89 ERA, as expected.

Tony: They were always better than that 12-gm losing streak.
JJ: Starting to come together, will move up soon. 28
Tony: Made the right move with Figgins.
JJ: Inching toward averaging 3 runsgame.

Tony: Maybin's hitting again, but Luebke's down.
JJ: Awful news about Luebke.

Tony: Sad offense takes hit with Morneau injury.
JJ: No starter has an ERA below 4.60.

White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs


White Sox Talk Podcast: National media fails to recognize White Sox as 2005 champs

Chuck Garfien, Slavko Bekovic and Chris Kamka react to the national media blunders that failed to recognize the White Sox as 2005 World Series champions. 

Later, the guys discuss Jerry Reinsdorf's comments about cheering for the Cubs and break down what it takes to beat the Indians. 

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

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

White Sox: Chris Getz's new player development role is to carry out 'vision of the scouts'

He may be limited on experience, but Chris Getz already has a strong idea about player development.

Getz -- who on Friday was named the White Sox director of player development -- worked the past two seasons as an assistant to baseball operations in player development for the Kansas City Royals. A fourth-round pick of the White Sox in the 2005 amateur draft, Getz replaces Nick Capra, who earlier this month was named the team’s third-base coach. A quick learner whom a baseball source said the Royals hoped to retain, Getz described his new position as being “very task oriented.”

“(The job) is carrying out the vision of the scouts,” Getz said. “The players identified by the scouts and then they are brought in and it’s a commitment by both the player and staff members to create an environment for that player to reach their ceiling.

“It’s a daily process.”

Getz, a University of Michigan product, played for the White Sox in 2008 and 2009 before he was traded to the Royals in a package for Mark Teahen in 2010. Previously drafted by the White Sox in 2002, he described the organization as “something that always will be in my DNA.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]​

Getz stayed in Kansas City through 2013 and began to consider a front-office career as his playing career wound down. His final season in the majors was with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore hired Getz as an assistant to baseball operations in January 2015 and he quickly developed a reputation as both highly intelligent and likeable, according to a club source.

“He is extremely well-regarded throughout the game, and we believe he is going to have a positive impact on the quality of play from rookie ball through Chicago,” GM Rick Hahn said.

Getz had as many as four assistant GMs ahead of him with the Royals, who couldn’t offer the same kind of position as the White Sox did. Getz spent the past week meeting with other members of the White Sox player development staff and soon will head to the team’s Dominican Republic academy. After that he’ll head to the Arizona Fall League as he becomes familiar with the department. Though he’s still relatively new, Getz knows what’s expected of his position.

“It’s focused on what’s in front of you,” Getz said. “Player development people are trying to get the player better every single day.”

“With that being said, the staff members need to be creative in their thinking. They need to be innovative at times. They need to know when to press the gas or pump the brakes. They need to be versatile in all these different areas.”