Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

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Because of the long weekend and a lot of personal hubbub on my end in the past 24 hours, the stars just didn’t properly align for a full-blown Power Rankings this week.  But, considering that all you people like to do is moan and/or cheer the rankings themselves rather than comment about the little blurbs, I figure this will get us through the week.

As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.

THE BATMAN TEAMS (Awesome, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise)

1. Phillies (1)

2. Yankees (3)

3. Red Sox (2)

4. Brewers (4)

5. Braves (5)

THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAMS (Cool, dangerous, yet not without their vulnerabilities)

6. Tigers (7)

7. Rangers (6)

8. Diamondbacks (10)

9. Angels (9)

9. Rays (8)

THE SUPERMAN TEAMS (Big, popular and treated like they’re something special, but they really kind of suck and are boring)

11. Cardinals (12)

12. Giants (11)

THE GREEN LANTERN TEAMS (At various times impressive but ultimately quite forgettable and, frankly, interchangeable)

13. Indians (16)

14. White Sox (15)

15. Blue Jays (14)

16. Reds (13)

THE JOKER TEAMS (So much in wasted resources and talents. And for what? Evil ends.)

17. Dodgers (17)

18. Mets (19)

THE FLASH TEAMS (interesting at times, but really, what’s the point?)

19. Rockies (18)

20. Nationals (20)

21. Athletics (23)

22. Pirates (21)

THE CYPHER TEAMS (basically powerless, poorly conceived)

23. Marlins (24)

24. Cubs (27)

25. Padres (22)

THE AQUAMAN TEAMS (utterly useless)

26. Royals (26)

27. Mariners (25)

28. Twins (28)

29. Orioles (29)

30. Astros (30)

Enrique Hernandez is single-handedly trying to send the Dodgers to the World Series

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We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.

The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.

The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.

Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.

FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.