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

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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: White Sox host Cubs in Crosstown Classic Monday on CSN

Preview: White Sox host Cubs in Crosstown Classic Monday on CSN

The White Sox take on the Cubs in the Crosstown Classic tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with an hour-long White Sox Pregame Live at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.41 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.60 ERA)

White Sox HR leaders Cubs HR leaders
Todd Frazier (28) Kris Bryant (25)
Brett Lawrie (12) Anthony Rizzo (24)
Jose Abreu (11) Ben Zobrist (13)

Looking Ahead:

Date White Sox Cubs
Tuesday James Shields (4-12, 4.99 ERA) Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27 ERA)
Wednesday Jacob Turner (0-1, 14.73 ER Jason Hammel (9-5, 3.35 ERA)
Thursday TBD TBD

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White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

The White Sox are somehow still afloat. But just barely.

Melky Cabrera’s game-winning, one-out single in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon got David Robertson off the hook and helped the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in front of 30,281 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Cabrera singled past Nick Castellanos to score Adam Eaton, who reached base four times, and give the White Sox their second victory of the day. Eaton’s two-out, ninth-inning RBI single earlier helped the White Sox win a rain-suspended contest 4-3 over the Tigers. Cabrera’s hit arrived just minutes after Robertson surrendered three solo home runs — all with two strikes — and blew a victory for Jose Quintana, who may have made his final start in a White Sox uniform. The victories kept the White Sox from entirely slipping out of the wild-card race as they remain 6.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I love the guys that are in our clubhouse,” Eaton said after the first game. “We’ve got a tight-knit group of guys that really want to fight for each other. To get the big hit and have everyone rush out there, especially with what we’ve had the past couple of days, the whole year has really been a roller coaster both on and off the field.”

The season’s topsy-turvy nature potentially could lead to a trade of mainstays Quintana or Chris Sale, who earlier Sunday was suspended five games for insubordination and destroying team property on Saturday. It has been widely speculated the White Sox could move Quintana before the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline in an attempt to rebuild a roster that general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday has been “mired in mediocrity.” An All-Star and one of the top pitchers in the American League, Quintana and his team-friendly contract could fetch a handsome return were the White Sox to part with him in a deal.  

Sunday’s 118-pitch effort displayed exactly why Quintana is an attractive option for a contender as he shut down a Detroit lineup that has given him trouble over the years. Quintana kept the Tigers off balance throughout the effort, never allowing more than one runner to reach base in any inning. He faced two over the minimum through five innings and struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the sixth after he surrendered a two-out double to Jose Iglesias.

Though he started the inning at 107 pitches, Quintana returned in the seventh and recorded two more outs before he allowed a bloop-base hit to Justin Upton. Nate Jones struck out Mike Aviles to end the inning.

Quintana allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. He also lowered his earned-run average to 2.97.

“He’s been helping through the long run and if he gets traded he’s going to help whoever gets him,” catcher Dioner Navarro said. “But I think he’s going to be a great part of this team for many years to come.”

That would give the White Sox plenty of chances to make up for all the heartbreak they’ve caused Quintana over the years. Sunday’s no-decision was his major-league leading 56th since 2012.

It’s no secret the White Sox have struggled to score runs for Quintana since he arrived in the majors. Even though he owns a career ERA of 3.39, Quintana’s career record remained at 41-42 after Robertson blew his fourth save in 27 tries. Robertson, who earned the win in the first game of the day and also pitched before Saturday night’s game was suspended, allowed solo homers to Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Quintana’s sub-.500 record is in large part because the White Sox never seem to score with him on the hill. This season, Quintana ranked 126th out of 136 qualified starters with a 3.2 runs per start headed into Sunday.

But the White Sox followed Eaton’s lead. Less than 45 minutes after he won the opener, Eaton singled in the bottom of the first and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jose Abreu. An inning later, Eaton took advantage of singles by Dioner Navarro and J.B. Shuck went he lined a three-run homer with two outs off Anibal Sanchez to give the White Sox a four-run lead.

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The four runs scored for Quintana marks the team’s second-highest output for one of his starts this season.

But it wasn’t enough until Cabrera came through against Bruce Rondon with two outs. Eaton led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Tim Anderson’s sac bunt. Cabrera then singled on the first pitch from Rondon to produce the game-winner.

“I'm proud of the guys for what they did over the weekend and how they handled it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “All of them reached down for the ball. They all wanted to be in there, so I'm proud of them for that. Robbie is disappointed. It's the first time I've seen that one, but I don't know if it was that he was out of gas. Probably some poor pitches and a day like today, you get it up in the air and it's gone.”

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, and he went out in the most fitting way possible.

At the end of his speech, Griffey Jr. grabbed a hat from under the podium and put it on backwards, rocking his signature look.

Griffey Jr. said in his speech that it was White Sox legend Frank Thomas who pitched the idea and ultimately convinced him.

"You gotta do it," said Thomas, who joined Cooperstown in 2014.

The Big Hurt also posted this on Twitter congratulating the newest Hall of Fame inductee:

In his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. played half a season with the White Sox in 2008. He had three homers and 18 RBIs in 41 games with the team.