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.

Preview: Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face Twins on CSN

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Preview: Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face Twins on CSN

The White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Thursday’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana vs. Ervin Santana

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White Sox Top Prospects: Alex Call thriving at the plate

White Sox Top Prospects: Alex Call thriving at the plate

Alex Call is picking up right where he left off from college.

The White Sox 2016 third round pick has continued to swing the bat extremely well in the first couple months of his professional career.

In three seasons at Ball State, Call had 19 homers and 119 RBI, while batting .351/.425./.530. 

In two levels with the White Sox, Call is hitting .315/.407/.452 with six homers and 31 RBI.

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The 21-year-old played 27 games with Rookie Affiliate Great Falls before getting promoted to Class-A Kannapolis.

In 41 games with Kannapolis, Call's .319 batting average ranks second on the team and his .460 slugging percentage leads the Intimidators.

Alex Avila gets best of former teammate Justin Verlander, homers in White Sox loss

Alex Avila gets best of former teammate Justin Verlander, homers in White Sox loss

DETROIT -- Things might be a little awkward between Alex Avila and Justin Verlander.

The two former teammates faced off on Wednesday afternoon for only the second time ever and Avila didn’t treat the Tigers’ ace too kindly.

Avila, who caught Verlander for six seasons, ripped a 435-foot solo homer to dead center in the fourth inning, but the White Sox still lost to the Detroit Tigers 3-2.

Avila is now 2-for-5 with a walk in two games against Verlander. They also faced each other on June 5.

“I know I’m going to be hearing about it,” Verlander told Detroit reporters. “I think I’m going to ask him back for one of the watches I’ve gifted him. It’s only fair, I think.”

Avila and Verlander have shared a ton of memories over the years.

Avila was Verlander’s primary catcher from 2010-2015. He caught him 116 times, including in 33 of 34 starts when Verlander won his only Cy Young Award and was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Verlander had a 3.10 ERA with Avila behind the plate, including a 2.35 in 2011.

Avila hit against Verlander three times on Wednesday, striking out twice. He thought his old teammate looked extremely sharp as Verlander held the White Sox to two runs and three hits in seven innings. Verlander struck out nine.

“He has pitched great all year, really exposing hitters’ weaknesses with that mid-90s fastball, staying at the top of the zone with that,” Avila said. “His slider-cutter worked well for him. He’s pitching great. It’s tough to get runs off him.”

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Avila was excited to not only face Verlander, but also to catch Chris Sale. He said White Sox manager Robin Ventura told him he’d catch Wednesday’s game a few days earlier and he anticipated the game.

Verlander said he thinks the catcher has the advantage in these types of meetings.

“Alex having caught me a lot, cheated a little bit to that first pitch heater in, and that’s fine,” Verlander said. “A lot of guys do that and I just need to execute it a little better.

“It’s like he’s faced 1,000 times, so you can’t get upset because it’s an ex-teammate.”

Avila said it “felt great” to homer off Verlander, but he hadn’t yet talked to him or texted.

“I’m sure we’ll talk about it at some point,” Avila said.

Verlander figures this won’t be the only time the two square off. If Avila wants to keep hitting homers, he might think about leaving personal items at home.

“I think I’ve gave him two or three (watches),” Verlander said. “I’ll start with the least expensive one and work my way up because we face each other a lot.”