Rays second in Sports Illustrated power rankings
The Rays have spent most of the season at No. 2 in the Sports Illustrated baseball power rankings, usually behind the Yankees. The Rays are still at No. 2, but it's the Padres at the top of the rankings. The Yankees, interestingly, have slipped to third. About the Rays, Sports Illustrated baseball writer Joe Lemire writes:
The Rays got mixed results in the first starts back from the disabled list for starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann. Davis only pitched 5 1/3 innings but beat the Angels; Niemann lasted only 3 1/3 innings and allowed 10 runs. Meanwhile, rookie Jeremy Hellickson threw a quality start in each of his first four appearances, going 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA, but was sent down to Class A ball in order to prepare to be a reliever for the rest of the season. Given his early success -- and his teammates' injury woes -- it's worth asking if it's the smart move for the Rays to shorten their most effective starter from the past month.
Click here for SI's power rankings, including the remarks about the Yankees starting to show a few chinks in their armor.