Cardinals Still Being Disrespected by ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Cardinals are being disrespected by the latest power rankings from ESPN.
Cardinals are being disrespected by the latest power rankings from ESPN. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The St. Louis Cardinals just never to seem to get the respect they deserve. At 17-15, the team is currently second in the NL Central and sits just 1.5 games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs.

Despite that, ESPN put St. Louis at No. 14 overall in its latest power rankings. That's way too low for a team as talented as the Cardinals.

In fact, St. Louis is ranked lower than any other team with a winning record.

It's not like the Cardinals' wins have been fluky, either. St. Louis has a plus-26 run differential, which is the ninth-best total in baseball. It's also much better than Chicago's run differential (plus-9).

The Cardinals' dominant pitching stat has a lot to do with that. St. Louis has a 3.48 team ERA, which is currently the third-best total in baseball.

The offense certainly needs to improve, but St. Louis is just too talented to be ranked as the 14th-best team in baseball.

The Cardinals odds to win the World Series currently stand at +3800 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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