MLB Power Rankings: New York is Dominating the Field
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1. New York Mets (45-24, 1st NL East)
It’s splitting hairs between both New York teams but the nod barely goes to the Mets. Despite having a slightly worse record than the Yankees, the Mets are missing two of the best pitchers in baseball and are still getting it done. Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer have combined for five Cy Young awards and 12 all-star appearances. Other pitchers have stepped up and played well and that’ll be important come playoff time. New York’s offense is no slouch either, as they lead the league in average, on base percentage, runs batted in, and total runs scored. Some may also argue that the Mets have a tougher schedule than the Yankees and play in a tougher division. While both subjective arguments, the defending World Series Champions, Atlanta Braves are in the Mets division and are coming for that top spot in the division. Overall, the Mets seem like the real deal and are the best team right now.
2. New York Yankees (49-17, 1st AL East)
The other half of the Subway Series has the most wins in the league and are led by AL MVP front runner Aaron Judge. He’s hitting .305 with a league leading 25 homers. The Yankees also lead the league in home runs and slugging percentage. The pitching staff has been great as well, surprisingly led by lefty Nestor Cortes, who’s got a 1.94 ERA and a .93 WHIP. New York is 11 games up on Toronto and don’t seem to be slowing down. They’re neck and neck with their crosstown rivals but the two have separated themselves from the rest of the league.
3. Houston Astros (41-25, 1st AL West)
Despite losing their all-star shortstop in free agency, Houston finds themselves in a familiar situation, leading the AL West. It certainly seemed like the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers had a chance to take over the division crown but Houston has had other plans. Justin Verlander has led the pitching staff, coming off of Tommy John surgery. Verlander is pitching to a 2.30 ERA and has collected eight wins, tied for the league best. The Houston offense has been somewhat average, despite hitting 87 homers, good for fourth in the league. Average wise, Houston ranks middle of the pack offensive. Houston’s pitching has carried the load and they’ll need the offense to step up if they want to make another deep October run.
4. Atlanta Braves (38-29, 2nd NL East)
A couple teams have better records than Atlanta but no other team has outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Coming off of a torn ACL, Acuna Jr. has placed himself in the NL MVP race despite playing fewer games. In just 38 games, Acuna Jr. has launched six homers and is hitting .279. On the mound, Max Fried and Kyle Wright have seven wins and Ian Anderson has six. Atlanta is just 5.5 games back of the New York Mets and had a 13 game winning streak snapped last week.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (40-25, 1st NL West)
Just a half game separates Los Angeles and San Diego and that explains the margin of separation in rankings. It’s very close and San Diego took first place last week for the first time since 2010 but have since given it up. Both rosters are stacked with all-stars but Los Angeles has the slight edge. It really comes down to their record which is better, even though it's a small margin. Los Angeles also has more playoff experience and that could help them further down the line.
6. San Diego Padres (41-27, 2nd NL West)
Third baseman Manny Machado has had a stellar season, hitting .328 with a .945 OPS. However, Machado injured his ankle and seems like he’ll miss some time. Perhaps the most impressive part of San Diego’s success is that they’ve done it without Fernando Tatis Jr. Pitcher Joe Musgrove leads the league in ERA with a 1.59. He’s also holding opposing hitters to a .196 batting average. If Machado is out for an extended period of time, it could be a major problem for San Diego but they’re still likely to be playing in October.
7. St. Louis Cardinals (38-30, 1st NL Central)
Currently tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the division lead, St. Louis has been far more impressive. The main reason for that is first baseman Paul Goldschmit who has launched himself to the top of the NL MVP leaderboard. His .344 average is good for second in the league and so is his 1.047 OPS. He’s also third in RBI with 59. Their pitching has been solid, ranking towards the top in most categories. St. Louis’ roster is primed for a late season run and look for them to create some separation from Milwaukee.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (38-28, 2nd AL East)
If it weren’t for the New York Yankees, the conversation may be about Toronto being the team to beat out of the AL East. Their stacked roster has been decent but are nowhere near catching New York in the division. At this point, they’re fighting for a wild card spot but they’ll be a very tough opponent for anyone come playoff time.
9. San Francisco Giants (37-28, 3rd NL West)
There’s two really good teams ahead of them in the division but they’re only three games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s not out of the question for San Francisco to make a run and win the division. They have some postseason experience and are more than capable of catching both San Diego and Los Angeles.
10. Philadelphia Phillies (36-32, 3rd NL East)
While just four games over .500, Philadelphia is making a run at reeling in the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. Since firing manager Joe Girardi, Philadelphia has picked it up to have a chance to grab a wild card spot, if not make a run at the division. Led by outfielders Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber, the Philadelphia offense can score plenty and with pitchers like Aaron Nola and Zach Wheeler, they can compete with any team in the league.