MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

Every Monday throughout the regular season, we'll be ranking all 30 teams -- take a look and offer up your thoughts in the comments or to us on twitter @CubsTalkCSN or @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

Previous rankings: Preseason

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Wow.Impressive start.
JJ: Well, at least Jose Valverde finally blew a save.
2
Tony: Looking sharp so far.
JJ: Are Yu ready for Darvish's debut?
3
Tony: Sitting atop AL East after sweep.
JJ: They're happy to have Carlos Pena back.
4
Tony: Not the best start, but could've been much worse.
JJ: Not looking like a team that lost Albert Pujols.
5
Tony: See above.
JJ: Rough start not a sign of things to come.
6
Tony: No World Series hangover for the Redbirds.
JJ: Starting pitching is a growing concern; Rivera is not.
7
Tony: Bad series, but again, could be worse.
JJ: Remember when people were concerned about Halladay? That was funny.
8
Tony: These kids are for reals, yo.
JJ: Drilled LincecumBumgarnerCain in impressive fashion.
9
Tony: Don't fret, they're too good to stay down.
JJ: Is Liverpool to blame? If so, it's all Andy Carroll's fault.
10
Tony: Who'd have thought they'd ever been in last place?
JJ: Ryan Braun hits the road for firstBOOOOOO.
11
Tony: I really like this group, solid start to 2012.
JJ: What's worse: Ozzie's Fidel comments or Hanley at 3B?
12
Tony: This is the "worse" I mentioned above. Ouch.
JJ: NL Central battle could get more fun if Cincy contends.
13
Tony: Just ask the G-Men if the D-Backs are for real.
JJ: Naturally, Chad Tracy played hero multiple times.
14
Tony: Think they have a shot at the Wild Card this year?
JJ: Pitching should be fine after being dismantled by Arizona.
15
Tony: Got to watch them first-hand. Solid group.
JJ: Scored seven runs in three games against the Mets. Blah.
16
Tony: Great start, love this young lineup.
JJ: Great start for Ubaldo's season.
17
Tony: What happens when Kemp slumps?
JJ: Hop on the Brandon Morrow bandwagon while there's room.
18
Tony: Good start trying to show they belong.
JJ: Bruce. Chen. And, you know, a good offense.
19
Tony: Came up on the wrong end of two marathon games.
JJ: Offense right where we left it in '11, but Dunn looks better.
20
Tony: Will they ever mesh as a team?
JJ: I admire Kemp's 5050 goal, but...no.
21
Tony: Two losses to Houston? Who are they, the Cubs?
JJ: Gritty series win vs. Philly, still don't think the pitching is there.
22
Tony: Man, if only...this close to a sweep.
JJ: Santana's return is big, but they're still the Mets.
23
Tony: Hung in there vs. Texas...for two games.
JJ: Beat up on a bad team.
24
Tony: Great start, but can they keep it up?
JJ: Also beat up on a bad team.
25
Tony: Felix Hernandez is great, but who else will step up?
JJ: Booing already? Yikes.
26
Tony: Love Maybin, but not enough offense.
JJ: There's no such thing as an overreaction to losing to Houston.
27
Tony: Cespedes is a man, but he's not 40.
JJ: Andrew Cashner might break someone's radar gun.
28
Tony: Holy cow. Didn't think they'd sweep all year.
JJ: Yoenis Cespedes is my spirit guide.
29
Tony: Ouch. To the Orioles? Really?
JJ: Brutal offense scored five runs in three games.
30
Tony: Wasn't sure they'd win two games all year.
JJ: Lucas Harrell started their second game. Lucas Harrell!

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA)

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”