MLB Power 2022 Rankings Week 10
The Phillies’ incredible surge propelled them into our latest weekly power rankings, while the Brewers have gone the other way since last week’s rankings after losing first place in the National League Central. Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to ride in a dominant fashion as some of their closest competitors have faltered over the past week. Here’s a look at this week’s rankings:
Biggest Leap: Despite losing for the first time under interim manager Rob Thomson on Sunday, the Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, starting a nine-game winning streak Sunday behind the .433 average of Bryce Harper and five homers during that span. As a result, the Phils jump six spots to No. 14. The Braves, who won their 11th in a row on Sunday, come in second by jumping four spots to No. 8.
Biggest drop: The Brewers were flying high on June 2, going 33-20 and a spot atop the NL Central standings. Milwaukee then struggled, losing eight in a row before finally breaking the skid with a 4-1 victory over the Nationals in Washington on Sunday. The result was a six-place drop from the top five to No.11.
1. Yankees (44-16, last week: 1)
The Yankees held the No. 1 spot in our Power Rankings last week, and it wasn’t a tough call to keep them there. The Bronx Bombers were a unanimous pick for No. 1 this week, and for good reason: They beat the Cubs in a weekend sweep at Yankee Stadium in which they beat Chicago, 28-5 . That included an 18-4 loss on Sunday that capped a 5-1 week. The Yanks lead the Majors in home runs (98), wRC+ (121) and team ERA (2.84), among other key stats, and there are no signs of slowing down.
2. Mets (40-22, last week: 3)
The Big Apple has the top two teams in our power rankings after the Mets went 3-3 in the previous week, securing a .500 mark in that span with a 4-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim in Sunday Night Baseball. That game, which already featured Pete Alonso’s fifth homer this month, marked the end of a grueling 10-game West Coast road trip in which the Mets faced the Dodgers and Padres in addition to the Angels. . New York emerged with a 5-5 record on the trip, and now the Mets return to Citi Field for three against the struggling Brewers before four with the Marlins.
3. Dodgers (37-23, last week: 2)
It’s been a tough week for the Dodgers, who drop a spot in the final standings after being swept by the rival Giants over the weekend at Oracle Park to end the week 2-4. The bats went virtually silent for the Dodgers’ high-powered offense, which scored just four runs in three losses at San Francisco. With the Padres hot on their heels in the NL West, the Dodgers will have to start hitting again, and soon.
4. Padres (37-24, last week: 7)
The Padres were hot going into Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Rockies at Petco Park on Saturday, having won four straight and seven of eight to keep the heat on the NL West-ranked Dodgers. But then they lost two straight to Colorado and missed their chance to capitalize on the Giants’ sweep of the Dodgers.
5. Astros (37-23, last week: 4)
Despite a tough homestand that they went 2-4 on, the Astros hold on to a top-five spot. They earned a well-deserved victory to avoid a sweep at the hands of the suddenly hot Marlins on Sunday as they prepared to open a three-game visit to Arlington before returning to Minute Maid Park for a series against the White Sox. The nine points Houston scored on Sunday were one more than he scored in the previous three games combined.
The rest of the field of 30:
Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Doug Gausepohl