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2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

Ryan Zimmerman was probably due for a bit of a bounce-back season, but no one saw this  coming. 

Zimmerman, who just happens to be hitting .435/.475/.907 with a 1.382 OPS and 13 dingers, was the best player for the Nats through the first month of the season. That,  and two healthy shoulders from Bryce Harper. 

While sustaining those numbers isn't going to happen, a return to form from Zimmerman gives the Nationals, who already lead baseball in most offensive categories, just another weapon in a stacked lineup. 

Elsewhere around the league, the Marlins are slumping, the Yankees are terrifying, and the pesky Twins just won't go away yet. How did your team do this week? To the rankings! 


2017 Record: 11-20
Previous Ranking: 28
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: Christian Arroyo (slashing .316/.381/.474 over the last 7 days.) 

13-5, 13-3, and 14-2 have all been scores of games that the Giants have lost in the past week. They're already in the call-up-top-prospects part of their season, too. 


2017 Record: 10-20
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: DH Kendrys Morales (3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in a win over Tampa Bay on Friday.)

Toronto caught a break with the Marcus Stroman injury scare, but that's about the only break they've caught so far. The ace is expected to make his next start after having some concerns about forearm tightness. 


2017 Record: 10-19
Previous Ranking: 25
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Eric Hosmer (.455/.458/.773 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs last week)

This version of the Royals has been fun, but the mid-summer fire sale is coming. Who's going to overpay for Hosmer? 


2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Matt Kemp (hit .333/.364/.476 over the last seven days) 

Dansby Swanson's underwhelming start is letting Freddy Freeman - who's slumping in his own right - stay out of the spotlight. At least Braves fans get to watch Bartolo Colon every five days. 


2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 16
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Maikel Franco (.310/.388/.476 and two home runs over the last two weeks)

The Phillies are admirably hanging in there, but all eyes are on Aaron Nola and that lower back MRI. You're not getting anywhere with Jeremy Hellickson being your best starter. 


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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.


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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.