MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

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

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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

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: They musta been upset we kicked them out of No. 1.
JJ: If Holland returns to form, rotation could be immaculate.
2
Tony: Still streaking, but not as good as Texas.
JJ: Like Texas, feasted on National League in interleague.
3
Tony: Need early-season Ethier, not the guy of last few weeks.
JJ: 22-8 since May 22. They are who we thought they were.
4

Tony: Ok, it's for real. Trout may be in MVP race.
JJ: Recent struggles have allowed Giants back into race.
5
Tony: Zimmerman is not right, which is a huge blow.
JJ: I always thought Tony was a weird wuss anyways.
6
Tony: This team was better when Chapman was a robot.
JJ: No question Votto's the leader for NL MVP right now.
7
Tony: Joe has to be upset about team's "Maddon-ing" defense.
JJ: Somehow still hanging around as we near midway point.
8
Tony: Dodgers better watch out, these G-men are comin'.
JJ: Brandon Belt on a tear: 1.104 OPS in June.
9
Tony: They really couldn't give Moyer a shot? C'mon, man.
JJ: Youk gives them much-needed stability at third.
10
Tony: "Youklis" is a huge boost to that lineup.
JJ: Entering week as only team in majors w10 BB rate.
11
Tony: No more middleman in Middlebrooks' way.
JJ: They're a mess, but still lurking and dangerous.
12
Tony: McCutchen for NL MVP! Well, behind Votto, anyways.
JJ: Craig Kimbrel's FIP: 0.91. 0.91!
13
Tony: Beltran's still awesome, team still hanging around.
JJ: Think Wainwright turns it on in second half.
14
Tony: They're probably jumping for joy to play the Cubs.
JJ: If Alvarez is coming around, could keep 'em in contention.
15
Tony: Beachy injury leaves them vulnerable.
JJ: Would love to see R.A. Dickey start All-Star Game.
16
Tony: They need to get some offense. LaHairSoriano, anybody?
JJ: Enter week with a -42 run differential.
17
Tony: Feel the ground shaking? They're coming.
JJ: Decent team not good enough for rough AL East.
18
Tony: Bet they wish they could play the Cubs every day.
JJ: Not back yet, but far from buried, you guys.
19
Tony: They need to make a move lest this scuffle lasts.
JJ: Back over .500 and lurking in NL Wild Card hunt.
20
Tony: Derek Norris latest member of upstart A's.
JJ: Too bad Jim Thome can't play every day.
21
Tony: Hmmm. Maybe they will trade Greinke after all.
JJ: Holding their own, at .500 vs. AL West entering week.
22
Tony: Utley returns this week! It's a ray of hope.
JJ: Michael Fiers was fun to watch on Sunday.
23
Tony: Maybe they were too busy watching the Heat last week?
JJ: Wil Myers' reign of terror is approaching fast.
24
Tony: Maybe they should trade some young talent for a P?
JJ: A flawed team that needs a lot of help.
25

Tony: Felix looks like a King again.
JJ: Also .500 in AL West. Only team under .500? Texas.
26
Tony: How Many Altuves would it take for this team to win?
JJ: Wonder if Wandy Rodriguez, last '05 Astro, will get dealt.
27
Tony: Maybe Morneau will be a trade deadline piece.
JJ: Liriano's been great since return to rotation.
28
Tony: Call up Pomeranz! Couldn't possibly be worse than other SPs.
JJ: Pitching rules are, as David Kaplan would say, ridiculous.
29
Tony: Maybe they shouldn't have traded Rizzo?
JJ: Closing in on Pittsburgh for MLB's worst offense.
30
Tony: IT'S RIZZO TIME, BABY! Can you say fifth place?
JJ: Arne Friedrich is Tuesday's prime attraction at Wrigley, right?

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

The White Sox open their final series of the season tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

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White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

The playoffs were the ultimate goal and he probably would have liked another victory on Thursday night.

But Jose Quintana has plenty to be proud about when he takes stock of his 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-3 White Sox loss to the Tampa Rays in front of 14,792 at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-time All-Star’s record dropped to 13-12 after he allowed two earned runs in six innings in his final start, but not before Quintana established career highs for innings pitched, strikeouts and earned-run average. The loss guaranteed a fourth straight losing season for the White Sox, who haven’t reached the postseason since 2008.

“I’m happy with my year,” Quintana said. “But every time I say it’s not about me. It’s about the team. We’ll try to finish strong in the next series against the Twins and come back next year to have a better year than this one.”

Quintana had the best individual season of his career. If he’d received any kind of run support from his teammates, he’d be at or near the top of the leaders for wins, too.

But same as he has for the past four seasons, Quintana didn’t receive any run support yet again on Thursday, though this time can be attributed to a stellar performance by Chris Archer.

Archer held down early an offense that had Quintana ranked 116th out of 132 qualified starting pitchers in run support. The White Sox only had two runners reach scoring position in the time Quintana pitched (one scored). By the time Archer slowed down, the White Sox bullpen allowed three runs and the contest was nearly out of reach at 5-1.

Still, Quintana was good enough to win yet again in a season full of comparable efforts.

He allowed a run in the second inning on a bloop RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another in the fourth on a solo homer by Mikie Mahtook. Other than that he was his normal efficient self, striking out seven and limiting the Rays to two runs and five hits in six innings.

The effort lowered Quintana’s ERA to 3.20 (his previous low was 3.32 in 2014). He also surpassed his previous high-inning mark of 206 1/3 with 208 this season. And, Quintana, who eclipsed the 10-win mark for the first time in his career, finished with 181 strikeouts, three more than he in 2014.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks the overall production was a byproduct of the first All-Star nod for Quintana, who surpassed 200 innings for a fourth straight season.

“You wouldn’t think that would mean a lot, but it really does,” Ventura said. “I think that’s the stuff that can catapult somebody into things that are better and pushing him into the offseason, the optimistic stuff of going into next year.”

Quintana’s name often surfaces as an easy fix to some of the White Sox’ woes when it comes to next season.

With two guaranteed seasons and two club-friendly options left on his current contract, Quintana — who entered Thursday valued at 19.7 f-WAR for his career — is viewed as a stellar trade chip given the weak free agent class. It is believed the White Sox could solve several problem areas on the roster or add considerable depth to their farm system were they to make Quintana or Chris Sale available. Quintana knows the possibility exists but hopes he’s back with the White Sox next season and helping them end their postseason drought.

“I don’t have control about that,” Quintana said. “I don’t know nothing about trades. I’m here as a Chicago White Sox, and I want to be here for a long time. I’ll go home, rest and am going to be ready to start with my preparation for next year. I’ll be ready for that, but I don’t have control about trades.”