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Sluggish Giants slip in baseball rankings roundup

The Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth (28) is forced out by San Francisco Giants shortstop Eduardo Nunez forces out Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals during a baseball game, Saturday, July 30, 2016 in San Francisco. Nunez joined the Giants before the Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 trade deadline.
The Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth (28) is forced out by San Francisco Giants shortstop Eduardo Nunez forces out Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals during a baseball game, Saturday, July 30, 2016 in San Francisco. Nunez joined the Giants before the Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 trade deadline. The Associated Press

The Giants’ post All-Star funk continues some two weeks since American League sluggers took Johnny Cueto deep twice in San Diego. They were 4-11 as they began a nine-game, 11-day trip through Philadelphia, Washington and Miami.

That’s the bad news for the Giants. The good news is they began the week in first place in the National League West. The less-than-good news is they dropped an average of one and a half spots among the four polls sampled here (ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today and SI.com).

Meanwhile, the Dodgers managed to creep a bit closer to the Giants in the polls here, checking in with an average ranking of 7.5.

The state’s three other teams – Angels (21.25), A’s (23.25) and Padres (25.75) – appear to have settled into this general strata, and barring any unlikely lengthy winning streak, will probably finish the season somewhere in this territory.

Sorting the data:

Giants

Average rank: 5.5

Average change: -2.75

High/low: 5/7

From ESPN (No. 5): “The Giants snagged Eduardo Nunez to help cover for injuries in the infield. Still leading the NL West despite a July record below .500, the Giants have Joe Panik back on the roster … ”

Dodgers

Average rank: 7.5

Average change: +0.75

High/low: 6/9

From ESPN (No. 7): “Corey Seager’s home run Sunday was his first since the All-Star break, but he’s hitting .396/.418/.604 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in those 11 games with eight doubles and just four strikeouts.”

Angels

Average rank: 21.25

Average change: +0.75

High/low: 21/22

From Bleacher Report (No. 21): “The big move of the deadline for the Angels was flipping left-hander Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins for veteran Ricky Nolasco and hard-throwing prospect Alex Meyer.”

A’s

Average rank: 23.25

Average change: +0.5

High/low: 21/22

From Bleacher Report (No. 23): “Infielder Danny Valencia was not moved at the deadline, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him. He has an .834 OPS with 13 home runs in 320 plate appearances, but he’s a liability on defense.”

Padres

Average rank: 25.75

Average change: -2.0

High/low: 24/29

From Bleacher Report (No. 29): “Aside from not finding a taker for catcher Derek Norris, the deadline could not have gone much better for the Padres.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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