MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

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

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Just wait til Longoria returns and Moore finds it.
JJ: Baseball's best offense, oddly enough thanks no Pujols.
2
Tony: They just keep right on pitching and winning.
JJ: Scuffling lately, still the best team in the AL.
3

Tony: The Bryce Harpers are looking dang good.
JJ: Bryce Harper, like this team, is here to stay.
4
Tony: Rough week for the Chuck Norrises.
JJ: Unbelievable. Pitching has allowed fewest runs in AL.
5
Tony: They're gunnin for that No. 1 spot, Ludacris style.
JJ: Longoria hurts, but Joyce, Pena have been great.
6
Tony: Kemp's UFO has taken off and left him here.
JJ: MLB's highest-scoring offense. Kudos to Greg Walker.
7
Tony: OK. I'm starting to buy in now.
JJ: Falling back to earth, which was inevitable.
8
Tony: Happy now, LewieDavis? You better be.
JJ: Concerns about rotation greater than 9th inning.
9

Tony: Bautista, are you going to show up ever?
JJ: Until pitching comes back to earth, Top 10 team.
10
Tony: Be huge if Scherzer has turned things around.
JJ: Doing just enough right to lead AL Central.
11
Tony: Rivera injury microcosm of pitching woes.
JJ: Still waiting for them to really come alive.
12
Tony: Have to make a move toward contention soon.
JJ: Need Latos to improve to really compete.
13
Tony: Stupid Hamels shoulda kept mouth shut.
JJ: Barry Zito has a 1.76 ERA. It won't last.
14
Tony: Bumgarner is a bonafide star.
JJ: Things finally coming together on 6-game streak.
15
Tony: Pujols will turn it on now. Just watch.
JJ: Solid rotation led by, surprisingly, Joe Saunders.
16
Tony: Need CY back. Like, now.
JJ: With their pitching, eventually they'll win, right?
17
Tony: Starting staff is straight sick...in the bad way.
JJ: Yeah, seriously. Just took 23 from St. Louis.
18
Tony: Just imagine if Bell, Johnson find it.
JJ: Big hole in rotation with Sale moving to 'pen.
19
Tony: Sign D-Lee! No, but seriously, they should.
JJ: Hey! Pujols homered!
20
Tony: Sale move hurts team that has already been falling.
JJ: Lost 5 straight to end the week.
21
Tony: Keep climbing, boys!!
JJ: Colon-McCarthy an oddly effective 1-2 punch.
22
Tony: At least they got Johan a win...
JJ: Nowhere near as good as their record.
23
Tony: Need SP help real bad.
JJ: Pitching'll get better; can they hit around Braun?
24
Tony: This is team wColon as ace, Reddick as No. 3 hitter. Nope.
JJ: Moyer vs. Chipper > Mayweather vs. Cotto. 25
Tony: Altuve the poster boy for upstart 'Stros.
JJ: LaHair building a legit case to start All-Star Game.
26
Tony: Can the offense ever wake up for good?
JJ: King Felix has a 1.89 ERA, as expected.
27

Tony: They were always better than that 12-gm losing streak.
JJ: Starting to come together, will move up soon. 28
Tony: Made the right move with Figgins.
JJ: Inching toward averaging 3 runsgame.
29

Tony: Maybin's hitting again, but Luebke's down.
JJ: Awful news about Luebke.
30

Tony: Sad offense takes hit with Morneau injury.
JJ: No starter has an ERA below 4.60.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Jason Benetti stops by to talk the future of the White Sox

There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.

Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.

The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.

Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.

Take a listen to the latest episode below:

Jose Quintana rocked as White Sox swept by Diamondbacks

Jose Quintana rocked as White Sox swept by Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Jose Quintana looked as if he might be on the way to a second consecutive gem on Wednesday afternoon before it quickly took a turn for the worse.

After three perfect frames, Quintana got hit hard in the middle innings and was forced out of the contest. The Arizona Diamondbacks offense awoke from an early slumber against Quintana to complete a sweep of the White Sox, who fell 8-6 in front of 18,002 at Chase Field. The eight earned runs allowed by Quintana are the most he has yielded in a start in two years and raised his earned-run average to 4.82.

“For us it’s also a tough thing to figure because he has been so great in his career,” first baseman Jose Abreu said through an interpreter. “It’s something that we are not accustomed to seeing from him. But he’s a hard worker and we all know how talented he is and we’re all confident in him. I think it’s just a matter of one thing for him to clean it up and to be that Jose Quintana that we know.”

None of what transpired in the first three innings Wednesday offered any indication of what was to come. The 2016 All-Star pitcher picked up where he’d left off on Friday night in Seattle when he combined with David Robertson on a one-hitter.  

Quintana’s offspeed pitchers were diving and Diamondbacks hitters had no chance. He induced checked swing after checked swing and racked up five strikeouts in three innings and even made a smooth defensive play on Gregor Blanco’s bunt-base hit attempt to start the fourth inning with the White Sox leading 2-0.

But then it all went south.

Nick Ahmed doubled to left and red-hot Paul Goldschmidt doubled to deep center to make it a 2-1 game before Chris Owings tied it with an RBI single. Things only got worse for Quintana in the fifth inning when he hit the first hitter Brandon Drury with a 1-2 pitch. Quintana then left a 1-0 fastball over the middle and Jake Lamb didn’t miss the mistake, driving it the opposite way for a two-run homer and a 4-2 lead. Four batters later, Ahmed doubled in a pair and the rout was on. Goldschmidt’s single knocked Quintana from the game.

Owings had a sac fly off Anthony Swarzak to score one inherited run and Drury singled in the other to put Arizona ahead by six.

Quintana allowed eight hits and struck out seven. The eight runs he allowed were the most he’d allowed in a start since the Detroit Tigers tagged him for nine runs on April 19, 2015.

“It’s just execution,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Most times when guys are being hit around, a lot of it has more to do with executing and location. I think it’s more pitches get out over the plate. ... Based on the swings, they were pretty good swings, so I’m assuming they were pitches out over the plate.”

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The poor outing raised Quintana’s earned-run average by nearly a point from 3.92. Even though it’s still more than two months until the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline, Quintana’s inconsistent start to the season has also almost certainly harmed his perceived trade value. Not only has Quintana pitched poorly, but shifts in the plans of other clubs could provide contending teams with more trade options. However, with teams still focused on the upcoming draft and the deadline a way off, Quintana has more than enough time to get back on track.

Quintana said he plans to do what he’s always done — discard the tough outing and move on. It’s the same way he has operated since 2012 and it has helped become a highly regarded member of the White Sox.

“Just turn the page and keep going,” Quintana said. “It’s different feeling than last year. But I feel pretty good. Never think in the past. If you have a bad day, just keep going. Keep doing, we doing good in the past. So, just keep doing my things and throw the ball well.”

One player who has continued to stay hot for more than a month is Abreu, who blasted his 100th homer on Tuesday night. For an encore, Abreu matched his career high with four hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning that got the White Sox to within 8-4.

Melky Cabrera had an RBI groundout in the seventh inning and Abreu singled in another to make it an 8-6 game.

But the White Sox got no closer.

Leury Garcia’s solo homer in the second inning gave the White Sox an early lead. Abreu doubled in the fourth and scored on a double play to make it a 2-0 lead.

From April 19 on, Abreu is hitting .347/.404/.677 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 136 plate appearances. He’s currently on pace for 36 home runs, which would tie the career high he established in 2014.