MLB Power Rankings: Week 3


MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

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

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Tony: Simply dominating. Offense is cray.
JJ: Hamilton slugging 103 points higher than Napoli, who's at .673.

Tony: Can't fall if they keep winning series.
JJ: Yadier Molina looks like a legit offensive threat.

Tony: Need to find more consistency.
JJ: Stephen Strasburg Productions presents baseball in the groin.

Tony: Holy cow, can they pitch.
JJ: Not a great run differential.

Tony: They can still bring the hammer on offense.
JJ: Scored 90 runs; still care too much about Jesus Montero.

Tony: Kemp, Ethier an awesome 1-2 punch right now.
JJ: Freddie Freeman fuels fantastic flurry of runs.

Tony: Just wait 'til Matt Moore gets going.
JJ: Haven't been super impressive, but very solid.

Tony: Almost got swept by the A's? Yu serious, bro?
JJ: Matt Kemp? Yeah, he's good.

Tony: Still love these Canadians.
JJ: Someday, Albert Pujols will homer, and they'll take off.

Tony: What hurts more, the Lee injury or an MWP elbow?
JJ: Living proof that pitcher W-L records are meaningless.

Tony: Doing great...until they choke late again.
JJ: Things are looking up with great pitching, Dunn succeeding.

Tony: Can we call the AL playoff race the Humber Games?
JJ: Bad pitching, okay offense. Still think they're average.

Tony: Hudson's DL stint will really hurt.
JJ: West looks wide open this year.

Tony: Stellar lefties abound in lineup and bullpen.
JJ: Lincecum has a 10.54 ERA and 3.38 FIP. He'll be okay.

Tony: Will go as far as their rotation will take them.
JJ: Pitching allowing too many homers.

Tony: Nothin' special right now.
JJ: Not gonna pass Detroit, but will be pesky.

Tony: Can any pro sports team match this mess & drama?
JJ: Offense has been putrid - only three teams have lower OBPs.

Tony: They'll hang around in AL Central.
JJ: Top-10 offense, bottom-5 pitching so far.

Tony: Have won three straight series.
JJ: Finally starting to put some things together.

Tony: Just wait 'til Ike Davis gets going.
JJ: 2.99 team ERA, .284 team OBP.

Tony: Could challenge Boston for drama before 2012 is over.
JJ: Pitching has been surprisingly good.

Tony: Where would they be if they just scored runs?
JJ: This may be as high as they'll be ranked this year.

Tony: How have they hung around this long?
JJ: Seriously. Enter Monday with a 10 run differential.

Tony: Moneyball is kinda money so far.
JJ: No team has allowed more runs than them, and it's not close. 25

Tony: Mauer, Morneau looking like old.
JJ: Only Texas has allowed fewer runs, but they can't score.

Tony: Still think they're better than record.
JJ: Have scored double the runs of Pittsburgh.

Tony: SP Luebke becoming piece to build around.
JJ: -22 run differential worst in NL. 28

Tony: Sigh. I feel for Kansas City.
JJ: Well, I guess there's nowhere to go but up after Saturday.

Tony: Their offenses is just offensive.
JJ: Eat away your sorrows at Stroud'sOklahoma Joe's.

Tony: How in the name of Jeff Bagwell do they have six wins?
JJ: Liriano, pitching staff an absolute mess.

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.”