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MLB Power Rankings: Yoenis Cespedes blasts Mets atop NL East

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MLB Power Rankings: Yoenis Cespedes blasts Mets atop NL East

No, Yoenis Cespedes isn't a legitimate contender for National League MVP, but the New York Mets wouldn't be nine and a half games ahead of the Washington Nationals in the NL East without the 16 home runs he's hit in 40 games since being acquired just before the trade deadline. The Mets woke up on the morning of July 31 at 52-50, three games behind Washington in the division. With Cespedes on the team, they've gained 11.5 games on the Nationals and are 30-11. Goodness.

With that comes another week of MLB Power Rankings from CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz. Stay with us every Monday from here through October for a fresh set of rankings.

Stay tuned for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15 | Week 16 | Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19 | Week 20 | Week 21

Rank Team
Last Week Comment
1 1

As I asked last week: Are all the injuries finally catching up to them?

2   3

Taking full advantage of Cardinals' recent down turn.

3 3

Johnny Cueto could be costing himself millions in free agency with his 5.43 ERA in nine starts with the Royals.

4   6

 Took three of four from the Yankees in New York and enter the week leading the AL East by three and a half games (with a +198 run differential!). 

5 4

Missed a golden opportunity by dropping last two games to lowly Phillies.

6 8

No, Cespedes is not the NL MVP.

7 5

Hot stretch has them tied with Cubs for third-best record in NL now.

8 7

They still have three games left with Toronto, but if they slip any further Joe Girardi may want to start lining up his rotation for the wild card game.

9 9

Huge four-game series at Texas starting Monday night will go a long way toward determining if they win the AL West or have to fight for the second wild card spot.

10 10

 They’re 25-15 since the start of August and 8-4 against Houston this year. This is gonna be a fun week.

11 13

Madison Bumgarner since Aug. 1: 7-1, 1.81 ERA, 73 K in 59.2 IP. Awesome, but too little, too late for Giants' postseason chances. 

12 12

 Their vexing dominance of Chris Sale is a big reason why they’re still in the playoff race.

13 15

 A four-game series at Minnesota starting Thursday could be critical for their wild card hopes.

14 11

 This team just can't stay healthy. Ryan Zimmerman was killing the ball, then goes down with an oblique. Watch out for them next year, though.

15 14

 The secret behind their late run at the wild card? A massive defensive turnaround

16 21

 Finally righted the ship after a horrid stretch, but enter the week six games out of the wild card in a case of too little, too late.

17 18

 David Peralta since July 26: .368/.399/.559 (.958 OPS) in 44 games. He's turning into a star.

18 16

 Matt Moore returned to the rotation last week and the results weren’t any better (8R/5IP vs. Boston). Not all Tommy John recoveries are immediate successes.

19 20

Since Dave Dombrowski took over Aug. 18, the Red Sox are 16-6 and Tom Brady triumphed over the NFL. Let the #Hottakes roll.

20 17

Kyle Seager has been on a tear since facing the White Sox last month: .422/.486/.781, 6 HR in 17

21 19

Only 16 White Sox starters since 1901 have made 30 or more starts with an ERA of 4.89 or higher. Jeff Samardzija would be No. 17 at this rate (the last was Jose Contreras in 2007).

22 22 J.D. Martinez had -1.1 WAR in 252 games with Houston. Since coming to Detroit, he has 8.6 WAR in 262 games.
23 23

Matt Kemp has 15 HR, 50 RBI and a .935 OPS since July 8. Padres needed that earlier in the year, but he's proving he's not washed up yet.

24 22

Did well to get Domingo Santana (.964 OPS) from Houston at the deadline. 

25 28

Jose Fernandez is just ridiculous. 2.06 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 60 Ks in 48 innings ridiculous coming off Tommy John surgery and biceps injury.

26 25

Instead of talking about this year’s bad A’s team, let’s remember some guys from the 2002 team: Olmedo Saenz, Terrence Long, Jim Mecir, Chad Bradford.

27 26

Looks like they have a nice long-term rotation piece with Anthony DeSclafani, who's been solid all year.

28 27

Nolan Arenado is just ridiculous. Who would've pegged him to hit 40 HR this season?

29 30

 If they played the Cubs even just one series a month, this season would've gone far differently.

30 29

They very well may end up with the No. 1 pick the way they've been losing lately.=

Melisa Reidy, Addison Russell's ex-wife, shares disturbing story of abuse

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Melisa Reidy, Addison Russell's ex-wife, shares disturbing story of abuse

Melisa Reidy, the ex-wife of Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, posted a blog late Thursday night detailing years of enduring physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

The post can be read here, and much of it is pretty difficult to stomach.

The couple split up in June 2017 after Melisa posted a now-deleted Instagram photo alleging infidelity. A friend of Melisa's commented on the Instagram post that there had also been physical abuse during the relationship.

MLB caught wind of the deleted comment and opened an investigation of Russell under its then-new domestic violence protocol.

The Cubs sent Russell home during the investigation but he was never suspended by Major League Baseball.

Reidy opted not to speak with Major League Baseball as part of the investigation.

Before Russell returned to the Cubs he spoke with reporters and denied after the allegations.

“Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful,” Russell said in June 2017. “For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no further comment.”

Russell has struggled at the plate each of the last two seasons. Following a breakout campaign in 2016 in which he hit 21 homers and had 95 RBIs, he compiled a .722 OPS in 2017 and is down to .657 in 130 games this season.

Stay with NBCSportsChicago.com throughout the day for more details on this story.

Sports Talk Live podcast: Are the Cubs hitting their stride?

Sports Talk Live podcast: Are the Cubs hitting their stride?

On this week's Sports Talk Live podcast, Hub Arkush and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  The Cubs finally get an off day after 30 straight days of baseball.  Despite a blowout loss in Arizona, are they hitting their stride at the right time?  The guys look ahead to Bears/Cardinals and talk about the state of Matt Nagy’s offense. Plus Chuck Garfien drops by to discuss Hawk Harrelson’s final broadcast, Jose Quintana and car analogies. You can listen to the entire thing right here, or in the embeded player below: