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Reds Being Disrespected by Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Latest ESPN MLB power rankings are disrespectful to the Cincinnati Reds.
Latest ESPN MLB power rankings are disrespectful to the Cincinnati Reds. | Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the hottest teams in Major League Baseball. They're off to a blazing 5-1 start, averaging a full 2 runs per game (9.50) more than any other team.

That makes their ranking in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings a real head-scratcher.

The Reds came into the season ranked No. 20 ahead of Opening Day. Despite this outstanding start to the year, they've moved up only one spot, to No. 19.

Beating up on the Pittsburgh Pirates might not be the most meaningful things in the world, but they also went 2-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals, blowing them out 12-1 in the final game of that series. And ESPN still has the Cards ranked No. 13 — actually up one spot from their No. 14 preseason ranking.

Cincy is tied for the best record in the MLB, but seven teams with losing records are ranked ahead of them.

One week may not be a big sample, but the Reds look like they could be for real, and there's no way they should be ranked so low.

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