Washington topped the rankings despite losing series in Cincinnati
There are many things in this world that just don't make a lot of sense. But ESPN's latest batch of MLB Power Rankings may now be the most nonsensical of them all.
On Sunday, the Reds defeated the Nationals, 6-3, to effectively take two out of three from the reigning National League East Division champions. Cincinnati's only loss of the three-game set came Saturday when it took the Nats 11 innings to squeak out a 7-5 win. This coming a day after the Reds absolutely hammered Washington, 15-0, behind a barrage of six home runs.
Despite the outcome, the Nats hung on to the top spot in the rankings, while the Reds slid one spot to number four. Wait, what?
Now to be fair, at the end of the first week, both teams boasted identical records at 4-2. However, that is extremely deceiving, because it fails to consider who each team played.
Washington opened the season at home against the lowly Miami ...