Dunkel Index - MLB Rankings for Monday April 26, 2021
Another week has gone by in the Major League Baseball season, and more great action. This season is proving to be off to a great start and will prove to see some great division finishes and some excellent personal statistic leader showdowns throughout the season. If you have not tuned in for the latest Dunkel Index MLB rankings, be sure to do so before this week of games gets going!
Dodgers Remain at the Top
Despite a comeback for the ages that saw the Dodgers on the wrong end of a Sunday Night Baseball affair, they still remain in the top spot. The Dodgers lost three out of four to the Padres, and blew a 7-1 Sunday lead. Los Angeles is 15-7 on the season and just a game ahead of the Giants in the division. The surprising San Francisco Giants come in third in the rankings, with Boston mixed in between. The Giants Bay Area roommate - the Oakland Athletics, after their poor start, are now 4th. The Red Sox lead the American League East with their 14-9 record. Many are asking where the Padres fit it with the rankings - following the Sunday Night win - the Padres are now 9th.
Moving into the Top 10
One notable team that moved into the Top 10 - at #10 is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals saw a great end to the weekend, which saw them sweep the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Shildt is starting to get good starting pitching, and if rookie Dylan Carlson continues to produce at the clip he does - he will make Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado even more dangerous. And while the Cardinals are pleased to be moving into the Top 10 - their Show me State counterparts - the Kansas City Royals are 5th. Mike Matheny has his team playing great baseball, with solid starting pitching and the ability to get hits and score runs when needed. Rounding out 5-9 are the Brewers, Mariners, White Sox, and Padres.
David Bell’s Cincinnati Reds have taken quite the hit this week. The Reds did not win a single game and have dropped all the way down to 21st in the rankings. Cincinnati is ahead of the Cubs in the rankings, but both teams had tough weekends. The Reds need more production from Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez, and of course, the big issue of their bullpen still lingers. Cincinnati is now 9-12.
Bottom of the Barrel
While we discussed the top of the rankings - now we go to the bottom. Of course, none of these will surprise you- as they have seen big-time struggles all season. At 7-15, the Detroit Tigers are in last. The Tigers got swept by the Royals and are now 7 games behind first place before the first month has come to an end. Just ahead of Detroit is their divisional opponent - the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota cannot get into a groove, as they have won just 7 out of their first 20 games this season. Rounding out the bottom 5 - Colorado, Texas, and the Washington Nationals.
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