Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week 14 Hitters Poll: Paulie Drops Out Of The Top Two

Throughout the season Paul Konerko has been in only one of two places in these rankings. The majority of the time he's been in first place, though there were a few weeks he'd drop to second for a couple of days before reclaiming the top spot.

Then two weeks ago Alex Rios passed him up and has done nothing but pull away since, but after a very bad week for the captain, Paulie has now fallen to third place for the first time this season.

Here's the latest rankings.

1Alex Rios 340 1 15
2Adam Dunn 298 5 26
3Paul Konerko 293 2 3
4A.J. Pierzynski 289 3 10
5Alejandro De Aza 283 4 6
6Alexei Ramirez 235 63
6Gordon Beckham 235 711
8Dayan Viciedo217 8 17
9Kevin Youkilis 84 9 13
10Orlando Hudson 54 10 1
11Eduardo Escobar 40 11 0
12Brent Morel33 12 0
13Kosuke Fukudome  18 13 0
13Brent Lillibridge 18 13 0
15Tyler Flowers 17 13 -1
16Jordan Danks 12 16 2

As you can see looking at the totals, it was a very slow week for the Sox offense. Of course, those numbers are skewed a bit since they've only played four games since last week's rankings, but if you watched those four games then you know why the numbers are so low.

Adam Dunn took advantage of everybody else's slow start to the second half with his three home runs in Kansas City which propelled him from fifth place up to second. Considering how up and down Dunn has been in these rankings all season, it's hard to predict how long he'll stay in second place, but I'll say that I wouldn't mind seeing the three names below him pass him back up.

The Sox offense has just been its best this season when Dunn finds himself in fourth or fifth place in these rankings.

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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