Every week MLB teams will be ranked for the rest of the season. Here are the 2022 MLB power rankings for the week of September 26.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous Ranking: 1
The Dodgers were the first team to reach 100 wins, doing so with just 44 losses. They continue to extend their lead as the best team in the league, posting the best statistical offense and pitching in the MLB.
2. Houston Astros
Previous Ranking: 2
The Astros became the second team in the MLB to clinch a playoff berth, doing so this week. They have yet to clinch their division, but with a 14-game lead, they will likely clinch the division soon.
3. New York Mets
Previous Ranking: 3
The Mets will more than likely be the next team to clinch a playoff berth. They are in a tight race for the NL East title, but a playoff berth is within reach over the next few games, making them a dangerous team to play in October.
4. Atlanta Braves
Previous Ranking: 4
The Braves have put together the second-best offense this season, totaling over 700 runs so far. They have a young, yet postseason-experienced lineup, that is bound to cause shock waves in October.
5. New York Yankees
Previous Ranking: 5
The Yankees have an outside chance to win 100 games this year, sitting at just less than 90 right now. They can only lose 4 games down the stretch if they want to achieve this outstanding feat.
6. St Louis Cardinals
Previous Ranking: 6
Albert Pujols slugged his 699th and 700th career home runs, which joins just Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds to accomplish this feat. Pujols will be able to retire with elite company, maybe the only player of this generation that will reach the illustrious 700 home run club.
7. Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Ranking: 9
The Blue Jays have hung around in the AL East, staying within 5 games of the leading New York Yankees. Winning the division would be an uphill battle, but an AL Wild Card berth is imminent as they have a 7-game lead over the Orioles.
8. Seattle Mariners
Previous Ranking: 8
Julio Rodriguez is just 5 stolen bases and 3 home runs away from entering the 30/30 club as a rookie. He has shown true superstar potential, putting together an incredible rookie campaign that will likely be capped off with a playoff berth and Rookie of the Year award.
9. Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Ranking: 7
The AL Playoff teams seem to be fairly set as of now, barring an unexpected collapse over the last 20 games of the season. The Rays will look to hang on to one of the three AL Wild Card spots, locking 3 AL East teams into the playoffs.
10. San Diego Padres
Previous Ranking: 11
The Padres have been eliminated from the NL West division race, as many expected, but they still cling to a small lead for the 3rd NL Wild Card spot. They will need their stars
11. Philadelphia Phillies
Previous Ranking: 10
The Phillies are 1 of 3 teams that are battling for the 2nd and 3rd NL Wild Card spots. As of now, they lead the 3 teams in contention and have the highest probability of the 3 to make the playoffs.
12. Cleveland Guardians
Previous Ranking: 12
The Guardians only path to the playoffs will be through the division, which they hold a lead in right now. The Guardians were an afterthought at the beginning of the year and have capitalized on the Twins collapse down the stretch.
13. Milwaukee Brewers
Previous Ranking: 13
With just under 20 games to play, the Brewers sit just a few games out of the 3rd NL Wild Card spot. They were once seen as a lock for the playoffs but will need to finish the year on a high note in order to continue playing into October.
14. Chicago White Sox
Previous Ranking: 15
The White Sox have an outside chance to steal the AL Central, needed a Cleveland collapse to do so. On the bright side, their ace, Dylan Cease, has potential to bring home the AL CY Young for 2022.
15. Baltimore Orioles
Previous Ranking: 14
The 2022 Baltimore Orioles Cinderella story has come to a grinding halt, where they will more than likely miss the playoffs by just a few games. The season is not a complete loss, as they finished much better than expected.
16. Minnesota Twins
Previous Ranking: 16
The utter collapse of the Minnesota Twins has been a huge story down the stretch. Once seen as playoff locks, they have fallen out of contention in the Wild Card and the AL Central, falling below .500 for the year.
17. Boston Red Sox
Previous Ranking: 17
The Red Sox need to heat up in the last 17 games in order to reach .500 on the year. If they can do so, the 2022 AL East will join elite company by having all 5 teams be .500 or better.
18. San Francisco Giants
Previous Ranking: 19
It is quite hard to believe that the Giants won the NL West last year, over the Dodgers and the Padres, yet they are THIRTY games behind the first place Dodgers this year. A crazy difference in just a year.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks
Previous Ranking: 18
The Diamondbacks have shown potential to pass the Giants in the NL West, which would place them in a surprising 3rd place for the year. They will continue to build towards a playoff berth within the next few seasons.
20. Texas Rangers
Previous Ranking: 22
Josh Jung, the Rangers top ranked prospect, has hit 3 home runs in 10 games as a Major Leaguer. He has shown serious star potential in his short career in the MLB.
21. Los Angeles Angels
Previous Ranking: 20
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have both caught fire these last few weeks, as many are used to. They seem to always be the only two names of note for the Angels, both top players in the league.
22. Colorado Rockies
Previous Ranking: 21
The Rockies have clinched at least 63 wins this year, which means they will continue their streak of never losing 100 games in a year. They are just one of two teams to never lose 100 games in a year.
23. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs swept the top 5 ranked New York Mets this week in a 3 game series. They outscored the Mets 15 runs to just 5 runs in the series, posting some great pitching performances on the week.
24. Miami Marlins
Previous Ranking: 23
Sandy Alcantara fired his 5th complete game of the season, which catapulted him up to a -390 favorite to win the NL CY Young. Give the man his award, he has been the best pitcher in the National League this year.
25. Kansas City Royals
Previous Ranking: 26
The Kansas City Royals were officially eliminated from the playoffs this week. They joined a few other teams in this feat of shame. The future might be a few years away, but it has some potential in Kansas City.
26. Cincinnati Reds
Previous Ranking: 24
The Reds rookie pitching duo of Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene both impressed this week, striking out 10+ batters in each of their starts. The pitching future is bright in Cincinnati.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Ranking: 28
Oneil Cruz showed serious composure and poise in his game against Jacob DeGrom, where he doubled and hit a 3 run home run, accounting for 2 out of the 4 hits DeGrom allowed on the day, while being responsible for all 3 runs.
28. Detroit Tigers
Previous Ranking: 27
Javier Baez hasn’t had the best season, but he has caught fire as of late, hitting .350 over a 22 game stretch this month. He leads the Tigers in WAR for the year as well.
29. Oakland Athletics
Previous Ranking: 29
The Athletics received a decent return for their ace Frankie Montas at the trade deadline, most notably being LHP Ken Waldichuk. The 24-year-old has thrown 15 innings and shown flashes of potential.
30. Washington Nationals
Previous Ranking: 30
The Nationals 2022 season ended at the trade deadline, with the departure of Juan Soto. They will look to rebuild and rebound next year behind the young core they received in return for Soto.
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