I thought I would try this. I'm compiling various MLB power rankings from the top sport sites and where the Cubs rank on them. Included is the Cubs ranking and the writers' comments about the Cubs. My biggest concern is that different sites publish them on different days of the week. If you guys have any suggestions please pass them along in the comments. And here we go:
Foxsports.com (Monday): Cubs #8
Great sign: Ted Lilly and Rich Hill showed flashes of putting it together this week. The Cubs are looking like a very complete team, which could mean another trip to the postseason. The stage is slowly being set for a major war with the Brewers all summer long. It should be a very interesting week, with dates against the Mets and Rockies providing a chance to make a statement.
CBS Sportsline.com (Tuesday): Cubs #3
We don't think their ceiling is this high, but only the D-Backs have fewer losses through three weeks of play. They have played just six of their first 19 on the road, though.
ESPN.com (Friday): Cubs #2
At least Ted Lilly made it through six innings in his latest start. Lilly, who won 15 games in '07, is 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA.
SI.com (Friday): Cubs #9
The dope on the hop is that it probably wasn't the hop at all. At least according to Alfonso Soriano, it wasn't. Soriano is on the disabled list with a strained calf. He pulled up lame after one of his quirky trademark hops he takes while fielding pop flies. "Look, I don?t know. That?s the way he feels comfortable catching the ball. I don?t know," manager Lou Piniella says. This is what passes for news in Chicago.
TSN.ca (Friday): Cubs #10
Reed Johnson apparently has a little something left in the tank, hitting .361 in his first 11 games with the Cubbies.
Key Injuries: LF Alfonso Soriano (calf).
Baseballprospectus.com (Friday): Cubs #7
A Hop, Skip, and Jump to the Sidelines: Alfonso Soriano's quirky style in the field draws attention as he strains a calf and heads to the DL. He's hitting a minuscule .175/.230/.298 thus far, but the Cubs are second in the league in scoring thanks in part to a torrid performance by Derrek Lee (.379/.432/.742), who's fifth in the majors in VORP.
If you guys have any other sites you recommend, please let me know.