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 announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

The White Sox could be open for business when the Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Maryland, with ace left-hander Chris Sale likely to draw the most interest at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 

The price for the five-time All-Star, of course, will be steep. ESPN’s Jayson Stark offered this as to just how steep it’ll be: To acquire Sale, a team will have to part with its No. 1 prospect plus at least two more players. 

The starting point for the White Sox, according to Stark, will be last offseason’s Shelby Miller trade in which the Arizona Diamondbacks sent former No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Atlanta Braves to acquire the 26-year-old right-hander. 

Miller was coming off a strong season in 2015, in which he crossed the 200-inning threshold for the first time and posted a career best 3.02 ERA. But Miller hadn’t come close to establishing the success Sale has at the time of the trade, spending just three seasons in the starting rotations of the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals without eye-popping peripherals (he had a 4.54 FIP in 2014, for example). And the Braves still managed to swipe Swanson away from a Diamondbacks team that went all in for the 2016 season (and crashed to a 69-93 record with Miller having a 6.15 ERA). 

Only three pitchers — Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer and David Price — have racked up more WAR than Sale (26.2) since the start of the 2012 season, and Sale is one of seven starters to have 1,000 or more strikeouts over the last five seasons, too. Durability hasn’t been an issue for Sale, either, as he’s tied for second in baseball with 14 complete games since 2012 (only behind Kershaw) and has thrown the 12th-most innings of any pitcher in the last five years, too. 

That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of why Sale will command such a high price. So that’s why, on MLB Network on Friday, Jon Heyman threw out the following names that could be discussed: Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Trea Turner, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, Boston Red Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. and Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada. 

Not only are those guys top prospects, but every one them outside of Moncada has had more than a cup of coffee in the major leagues. Whether or not the White Sox could pry one of those players, or someone of their caliber, away from a team in a Sale trade remains to be seen. 

The price may come down, as Stark reported, but the starting point in the Sale sweepstakes certainly appears to be high.