MLB Power Rankings: Week 7


MLB Power Rankings: Week 7

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

JJ Comments 1
Tony: Keep right on rolling wo Kemp with sweep of STL.
JJ: Still better than anybody, but...
Tony: Swept by Royals early last week -- that hurt ranking.
JJ: ...Los Angeles really narrowing that gap.
Tony: Just keep on rolling on Hotlanta.
JJ: Haven't got the attention they deserve for great play.
Tony: Every game they play is close, but they're winning 'em.
JJ: Slipping, although I think they'll survive sans Berkman.

Tony: Their phenom starter needs to find 'Moore' consistency.
JJ: 4.02 staff FIP probably not a good sign for future.
Tony: Didn't win a series vs. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Diego.
JJ: A little more offense and they're a juggernaut.
Tony: Joey Bats starting to swing it, will be players at deadline.
JJ: Shipping Lind out was a bold move, starting to buy them.
Tony: Berkman injury hurts, season may be on downswing.
JJ: Matt Joyce is the truth.
Tony: They're better than they've played, but how much better?
JJ: Not only is Austin Kearns still around, he's slugging .605.
Tony: Still holding on to first. Sweep of MIN, SEA helps.
JJ: Enter week on 8-2 run. Like them more than New York.
Tony: Chapman closing, Marshall setting up makes pen dominant.
JJ: Will they repeat 2011's season arc and struggle soon?
Tony: If only SanchezBell got off to better starts...
JJ: Sabathia walked in a run this weekend. Yep.
Tony: Would they really dare to send Ike Davis down?
JJ: Cards' fall has mediocre team in striking distance.
Tony: As Lou Brown said, "Startin' to come together..."
JJ: We'll see if series vs. Pittsburgh springboards them.
Tony: Amazing that 7-3 stretch has them only at .500.
JJ: Playing better, but enter week 7 games behind LA.
Tony: Need Scherzer to have more dominant outings like last one.
JJ: News on Howard's recovery now limited to Subway ads.
Tony: Sweep of Cubs has them at .500, competing in division.
JJ: Have a big chance to move up this week.
Tony: Don't look now, but they've won eight of 10.
JJ: Inevitable fall out of contention underway.
Tony: Even if Manny struggles in return, he'll be a good show.
JJ: McCarthy'll have plenty of time to blog from mom's basement.
Tony: Pujols has homered, so why aren't they winning?
JJ: Somehow, enter the week with a positive run differential.
Tony: Have injuries derailed their season?
JJ: Disappointment level much higher than "All In" Sox.
Tony: McCutcheon proving to be only reliable hitter.
JJ: Pitching remains great, offense remains horrific.
Tony: Young back, Hudson back soon will be another boost.
JJ: Playing above .500 since 12-game losing streak.
Tony: Certainly had enough O to sweep Rockies, didn't they?
JJ: Upton slowly coming around, need him to really get going.
Tony: Bad, but definitely not terrible like everyone expected.
JJ: Got beat twice by the Twins. They're not a good team. 26
Tony: Hosmer will start hitting, Butler looks like a star.
JJ: Kyle Seager's walk-up song better be by Bob Seger, you guys.
Tony: Things not good in Denver right now.
JJ: On injury away from pulling Jake Taylor out of Mexico. 28
Tony: Six-game losing streak to close out the week. Ouch.
JJ: One of two teams with staff ERA above 5.

Tony: They actually took a series from the Angels.
JJ: Dale Thayer should be on your fantasy team.

Tony: Won 45, but still have baseball's worst record.
JJ: Took first two from Milwaukee...then lost by about 50 Sunday.

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.