Every week MLB teams will be ranked for the rest of the season. Here are the 2022 MLB power rankings: August 29.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous Ranking: 1
The Dodgers have run away with the top spot in the MLB. They have been the MLBs best team and hottest team for over a month straight. They have over a 5-game lead on the best record in baseball as of today.
2. New York Mets
Previous Ranking: 2
The Mets have quietly become one of the best teams in baseball. They were recently swept by the Yankees in the Subway Series, 2 games to 0, but they remain the best team in New York and one of the first 3 teams to 80 wins.
3. Houston Astros
Previous Ranking: 3
There aren’t many pitching staffs that have more talent and better results than the Houston Astros. They have 6 different pitchers that have thrown over 40 innings and also hold a sub 3 ERA. Pitching wins championships and Houston has pitching.
4. Atlanta Braves
Previous Ranking: 4
The Braves have one of the youngest and most electric offenses in the entire league. They rank in the top 5% in the league in Barrel%, HardHit%, and xSLG, 3 statistics that are very indicative of team success.
5. New York Yankees
Previous Ranking: 5
The Yankees have been elite at the plate and on the mound this year. They are second in the league in average offensive exit velocity and first in the league in Barrel% allowed by the pitching staff. This type of dominance could mean a long postseason for New York.
6. St. Louis Cardinals
Previous Ranking: 6
The Cardinals have taken a commanding lead on the NL Central crown. Not only have they been hot, but the Brewers have been struggling, resulting in the Cardinals taking over a 5-game lead for the division.
7. Philadelphia Phillies
Previous Ranking: 8
The Phillies have flown up the standings over the last few weeks without their best player. Bryce Harper has made his return and promptly singled in his first at-bat back from a two-month IL stint. Philly is dangerous.
8. Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Ranking: 9
The Blue Jays have put together a pretty solid offensive season this year. As of today, they lead the MLB in team HardHit% (44.3%) and average exit velocity (90.3 MPH). This lineup will need to lead them through October.
9. Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Ranking: 14
The Rays have been led by their pitching staff this season. They are a middle of the pack offense, but remain as one of the top pitching staffs in the league, ranking in the top 5 in exit velocity allowed and HardHit%.
10. Seattle Mariners
Previous Ranking: 7
Luis Castillo appears to be the best acquisition of the 2022 trade deadline. Since his trade, he has tallied 39 strikeouts in just over 30 innings. In 3 of his 5 starts, he has allowed 2 runs or less in 6+ innings of work.
11. San Diego Padres
Previous Ranking: 10
The Padres have arguably been the most disappointing second half team in the entire MLB. The return of Fernando Tatis was delayed with a PED suspension and they have dropped to the 3rd Wild Card team in the NL.
12. Baltimore Orioles
Previous Ranking: 13
Who would have ever thought that the Orioles would be 1 spot behind the Padres in a late August Power Rankings? Baltimore could be this seasons “Cinderella team” with the hopes of making a deep playoff run.
13. Cleveland Guardians
Previous Ranking: 11
The Guardians have capitalized on the Twins as they have struggled recently. The Twins’ struggles has resulted in the Guardians leapfrogging them into a commanding lead for the AL Central title.
14. Milwaukee Brewers
Previous Ranking: 12
The Brewers have some of the most talent in the entire National League, let alone the NL Central. But they have still dropped over 5 games behind the first place Cardinals. The Brewers will need to avoid any more stretches where they struggle.
15. Minnesota Twins
Previous Ranking: 15
Despite once having a commanding lead over the Guardians and the White Sox in the AL Central, the Twins have found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture, looking in, with a division title being their most likely route to the playoffs.
16. Chicago White Sox
Previous Ranking: 16
The White Sox could very well be the streakiest team in the league. When they are hot, there aren’t many teams in the MLB better. But when they struggle, they find themselves losing multiple series in a row and digging their own grave.
17. San Francisco Giants
Previous Ranking: 17
The Giants are ranked 2nd in the MLB in the Barrel% allowed by a pitching staff, yet they still find themselves well out of a playoff spot. It would take a small miracle for the Giants to make up 8 games in the last month or so of the season.
18. Boston Red Sox
Previous Ranking: 18
The only bright spot for the 2022 Boston Red Sox is the left side of their infield. They only have 3 offensive players with a WAR over 1.0 and 2 of them are their SS (Xander Bogaerts, 4.2 WAR) and their 3B (Rafael Devers, 4.3 WAR).
19. Texas Rangers
Previous Ranking: 20
Nathaniel Lowe and Adolis Garcia have been standout players on the Rangers offense. Lowe posts a .299/.349/.492 slash line while Garcia is among the league’s best with a 92.1 average exit velocity.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks
Previous Ranking: 19
The Diamondbacks are still a few years away from contention. This is a combination of the Diamondbacks lackluster Major League roster being paired with the top heavy and super young NL West.
21. Miami Marlins
Previous Ranking: 21
Sandy Alcantara threw ANOTHER complete game this week. He has been spectacular and he is almost a lock for the NL CY Young this season. He is by far the brightest star on the Marlins roster.
22. Chicago Cubs
Previous Ranking: 23
The Cubs Major League roster is one of the least star studded teams in the league. Even their top players aren’t household names to many MLB fans. A few names to get familiar with are Seiya Suzuki and Patrick Wisdom.
23. Los Angeles Angels
Previous Ranking: 22
Shohei Ohtani has continued to make his case for the AL MVP. He fights an uphill battle as Aaron Judge is having a historic season. Ohtani will need to continue to produce at the plate and on the mound if he wants to win another MVP.
24. Colorado Rockies
Previous Ranking: 24
Kris Bryant was the big acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, and he has not disappointed. He only has 160 at-bats, but in that short sample size, he has hit over .300 with 17 extra-base hits.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Previous Ranking: 25
Elly De La Cruz has lit the world on fire in the minor leagues. He has elite power and elite speed. De La Cruz is a big shortstop with the ability to switch hit and has shown superstar flashes which has resulted in him being ranked in the 20 best MLB prospects.
26. Kansas City Royals
Previous Ranking: 26
The Royals currently have a horrible run differential of -150 runs. On the bright side, the 26-year-old starter, Brady Singer has shown some serious flashes of potential this year.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Ranking: 27
The Pirates rookie sensation, Oneil Cruz showed SERIOUS power when he hit a ball at over 122 MPH off the bat. He broke the statcast record for the hardest hit ball in the statcast era.
28. Detroit Tigers
Previous Ranking: 28
Andrew Chafin is the only player on the roster that has put up an above average season according to any advanced statistics. His xBA and xSLG allowed are among the best in the MLB.
29. Oakland Athletics
Previous Ranking: 29
The Athletics won a game against the Yankees where they allowed just 1 hit in 11 innings. They gave up 2 runs and faced the minimum batters through 10 innings, behind a strong 8 innings from Adam Oller.
30. Washington Nationals
Previous Ranking: 30
The Nationals have put up the lowest average exit velocity among all MLB teams and that number is bound to get worse after the loss of superstar Juan Soto.
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