MLB Power Rankings: Week 6

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 6

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

Tony
JJ Comments 1
Tony: Is Josh Hamilton even from this planet?
JJ: Josh Hamilton's on pace for, like, infinity home runs.
2 Tony: Is Carlos Beltran even from this planet?
JJ: Berkman's return only makes them stronger.
3
Tony: I give them the top spot and they go 2-4? Jerks.
JJ: Braves doing well, Barves not so much.
4
Tony: Sweep of the Cards has me convinced.
JJ: Only MLB team to have a staff FIP below 3.
5
Tony: Yes, they are for real.
JJ: Pitching good enough to sustain injury to Kemp?
6
Tony: Will injuries be their downfall?
JJ: Moore averaging 5 BB9. Yikes. 7
Tony: Season rides on Kemp's balky hammy.
JJ: This year's version of last year's Pirates? 8
Tony: Looks like Jeter wants himself another ring.
JJ: Jeter's offensive success might win him a Gold Glove.
9

Tony: Bautista starting to hit a bit more.
JJ: So close, yet so far in tough AL East.
10
Tony: Still leading the disappointing AL Central.
JJ: Stanton's walk-off slam was incredible.
11
Tony: Alright, they're starting to move up.
JJ: Ubaldo's issues are extremely concerning.
12
Tony: Offense has 'em here, will pitching take 'em further?
JJ: Chapman: 15.8 K9, 0.00 ERA.
13
Tony: Definitely didn't think they'd only be .500 by now.
JJ: Not too high on them, waiting for it to fall apart.
14
Tony: Propensity for drama, but still getting wins.
JJ: Playin' like a bunch of corncobs, you guys.
15
Tony: I don't understand. What are they doing with Belt?
JJ: What Tony said. What's up with Belt?
16
Tony: Gotta hand it to them, finding ways to win.
JJ: Juan Pierre leads them in OBP. Juan Pierre!
17
Tony: How are they losing so many Halladay games?
JJ: Concerns about Beckett's off-day are hilarious.
18

Tony: Trumbo's homering enough for both him and Pujols.
JJ: Tenuous success led by Josh Reddick, of all people.
19
Tony: Can they overcome rash of injuries?
JJ: Wilson getting played off 867-5309 was brilliance.
20
Tony: Hey, at least they had a 4-3 week.
JJ: Still an above .500 team by expected W-L.
21
Tony: If Sale's starting, that's a huge boost.
JJ: Haven't won any of their last six series.
22
Tony: Have four good SPs, if only they had a fifth.
JJ: Arguably one of MLB's biggest disappointments.
23
Tony: Not living up to expectations, that's for sure.
JJ: Dempster proving how irrelevant pitcher W-L records are.
24
Tony: the Cutch is starting to heat up for the Buccos.
JJ: Man, Hosmer's had some bad BABIP luck.
25
Tony: They need J.D. Martinez to produce.
JJ: Awful stretch of play threatens to bury them.
26
Tony: Coming off a simply horrible week of play.
JJ: Second-best ERA, worst offense in majors.
27
Tony: Hey, they won both Sox series this week.
JJ: Pitching has reverted to pre-2007 form. 28
Tony: If Montero starts to heat up, that'd be key.
JJ: Sad to say, but Ichiro's showing his age.
29

Tony: At least there's hope for the future.
JJ: Jeff Suppan has a 1.69 ERA in 3 starts. Jeff Suppan!
30

Tony: Remember when they used to be perennial contenders?
JJ: Bad offense, worse pitching, awful team right now.

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana and Miguel Gonzalez looked like a pair of pitchers who began their offseasons earlier to prep for the World Baseball Classic.

Both White Sox starting pitchers looked sharp as they made their spring debuts in a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Camelback Ranch on Sunday afternoon. Team USA relievers David Robertson and Nate Jones also pitched a scoreless inning each in the win. Prospect Zack Burdi also pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Gonzalez, who is on the Team Mexico roster, only allowed a single on a dropped pop up on the infield in two scoreless innings.

“I’m a little ahead of the game right now,” Gonzalez said. “I started a little earlier this year in the offseason to work out, thinking I wanted to go to the WBC and get ready for that. But I think the most important thing right now is getting ready for April 1 with the White Sox. That’s my goal, and you don’t get these opportunities every year. To represent Mexico, it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be great.”

Quintana, who will start for Colombia in their March 10 opener against the United States, allowed a run and a hit in two innings. He struck out one and hit a batter.

“I feel good,” Quintana said. “I think for the first day I feel comfortable. I hit the glove. I feel good. A couple of pitches spinning were good and I feel really good.”

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Robertson is throwing much earlier than normal in anticipation of his March 6 departure for Miami, where Team USA begins its tournament. The club’s closer normally wouldn’t appear in a game until the calendar turns to March. Robertson said he usually only needs 5-6 spring outings to get in shape for the regular season. Though he felt a little rusty, the right-hander was pleased with several changeups and fastballs he threw.

“I wouldn’t say it was smooth but I got through it,” Robertson said. “I had a few bad pitches that were just not competitive. … All in all I got through what seemed like a tough inning for a first outing.

“I’m excited. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to go down there and put the ‘USA’ across my chest and have a chance to win something for our country. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m excited to play with a group of guys I’ve been playing against my whole life.”

Eddie Alvarez had a three-run double for the White Sox while Tyler Saladino collected two hits in three trips. Catcher Roberto Pena went 2-for-2 with an RBI. 

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Normally upbeat and positive, Jim Thome can’t help but beam with pride when asked about his Hall of Fame candidacy.

Thome, who blasted 612 career home runs, including 134 with the White Sox, is eligible for induction for the first time in 2018. Even though he’s expected by many to one day be voted into Cooperstown, perhaps even in his first year, Thome said he’s merely honored to be on the ballot. Thome is joined on the ballot by Chipper Jones and former teammate Omar Vizquel, among others. Voting begins in December and the results will be announced next January.

“To even be on the ballot and thought of, it would be the greatest honor I think you could get,” Thome said. “Or if you get an opportunity to go into the greatest fraternity baseball has or created, it would be indescribable. How do you ever think as a kid or a high school player or even going through the minor leagues, that you’d play at the big leagues that long? And then to get an opportunity at the end of your career to be put on the ballot is so great.

“That would be the coolest moment ever.”

Thome – who is in White Sox camp as a special assistant to the general manager – provided plenty of big moments in a career that spanned 22 seasons. He hit 30 home runs in 12 of 13 seasons between 1996-2008, leading the league with 47 in 2003. The slugger was a five-time All-Star and produced 72.9 b-Wins Above Replacement.

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Thome isn’t as superstitious about his candidacy as others previously have been. He won’t be the guy to bring up the topic, but the Peoria, Ill.-native doesn’t shy away from discussing it, either.

“It’s not something you talk a lot about,” Thome said. “We’re not going to bring it up. But when people do bring it up, there’s a sense of pride, a sense of ‘Wow, baseball has thought that highly to put you on the ballot.’ And the fact that there’s just this wonderful fraternity of incredible players that you could be a part of, if you’re chosen.”