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 5.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous Ranking: 1
The Dodgers second half has been nothing short of incredible. They were the first (and only) team to reach 90 wins, doing so with just 40 losses. They are going to be a nightmare to play in October.
2. New York Mets
Previous Ranking: 2
The possibility of facing Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer twice, each, in a 7 game playoff series is an absolute nightmare for opposing teams. This 1-2 punch lands them at number 2 in this week’s rankings.
3. Houston Astros
Previous Ranking: 3
The Astros hold a firm grasp on the best record in the American League. Along with that, they have a double-digit lead in the AL West. If they can stay consistent, they would secure themselves home field advantage through the American League half of the playoffs.
4. Atlanta Braves
Previous Ranking: 4
The Braves are one of the youngest, most exciting, and most captivating teams in the MLB. They have had players in the MVP, CY Young, and Rookie of the Year races, with them likely taking home at least one award.
5. St. Louis Cardinals
Previous Ranking: 6
The Cardinals have created a healthy lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. They have their eyes on the division title, led by Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, 2 MVP candidates.
6. New York Yankees
Previous Ranking: 5
At the All-Star Break, the Yankees had potential to challenge the record for the most single season wins in MLB history. Just a few weeks later, they are 12 games behind the Dodgers for the best record in baseball and only have a 5-game lead on the AL East.
7. Tampa Bay Rays
Previous Ranking: 9
For the first time in months, the Rays are within striking distance of the AL East lead. They also have a firm grasp on an AL Wild Card spot, but the division title should be their main concern. Keep winning games Tampa Bay.
8. Seattle Mariners
Previous Ranking: 10
Seattle is HOT! They are currently riding a 6-game winning streak, as well as 8 wins in their last 10 games. They have two huge series with the White Sox and the Braves this upcoming week.
9. Toronto Blue Jays
Previous Ranking: 8
The Blue Jays are just 6 games out of the AL East lead. The Yankees have struggled, and the Blue Jays have played well. They ended the week on a 3-game winning streak.
10. Philadelphia Phillies
Previous Ranking: 7
The Phillies finally came back down to earth after an incredible stretch of a few weeks. As of today, they still have a pretty decent lead in the NL Wild Card for the third spot, with the Wild Card being their best route to the playoffs.
11. San Diego Padres
Previous Ranking: 11
The Padres have been one of the most talked about teams in the league this year. They have been ranked high and ranked low, but the one consistent thing is their control on a playoff spot. With a team as talented as theirs, anything can happen in October.
12. Milwaukee Brewers
Previous Ranking: 14
The Brewers were once seen as a lock for the NL Central and as a lock for the playoffs in the National League. But at the beginning of September, they are on the outside looking in, sitting 2.5 games out of the playoffs.
13. Baltimore Orioles
Previous Ranking: 12
The Orioles have continued to surprise MLB fans, week after week. They just won’t go away. With the AL being as loaded as it is, a playoff appearance isn’t the most likely result of the season, but it is definitely a successful season for Baltimore.
14. Cleveland Guardians
Previous Ranking: 13
The Guardians cling to a half game lead in the AL Central, with just over 30 games remaining in the season. Out of those 31 games, they have 8 games against the second place Twins, with these matchups being incredibly important for the AL Central crown.
15. Minnesota Twins
Previous Ranking: 15
The AL Central is going to be the best division race in the MLB this year. The Twins have battled from behind the Guardians for a few weeks, but are finally back on their heels, with 8 games against the Guardians remaining.
16. Chicago White Sox
Previous Ranking: 16
Dylan Cease came just 1 out away from throwing a no-hitter this week. He has been absolutely incredible in his last 18 starts, willing the White Sox up the rankings and into the playoff picture.
17. Boston Red Sox
Previous Ranking: 18
The playoffs are a long shot for the promising Boston Red Sox. Once seen as a World Series threat, they have fallen all the way to last in the AL East. A disappointing season for Boston.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks
Previous Ranking: 20
The Diamondbacks have been hot as of late, winning 8 out of their last 10 games. They won’t make the playoffs this season, but a good finish to the year could show some much-needed promise for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
19. San Francisco Giants
Previous Ranking: 17
After winning the NL West last season and leading the entire MLB in wins, the Giants have fallen to third in the division this year, just half a game ahead of the Diamondbacks for fourth.
20. Los Angeles Angels
Previous Ranking: 23
Angels fans are used to disappointing seasons, which continues to surprise everybody as they have two of the best players in the entire MLB. It’s a shame that Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani won’t make a playoff appearance this season.
21. Texas Rangers
Previous Ranking: 19
The last two weeks have been an absolute nightmare for the Texas Rangers. They have lost an astounding 8 straight games. They will look to get back on track this week when they travel to the first place Houston Astros for a 3-game series.
22. Colorado Rockies
Previous Ranking: 24
The Rockies have taken a step back from last season, with 78 losses through 135 games. Last year, in 162 games, they lost only 87 games. They look like they might lose 90-95+ games this season.
23. Miami Marlins
Previous Ranking: 21
Sandy Alcantara looks to be the first Miami Marlin to win the CY Young award in the history of Major League baseball. As of now, he sits as the odds-on favorite to take home the hardware.
24. Chicago Cubs
Previous Ranking: 22
Nico Hoerner, Willson Contreras, and Ian Happ have been bright spots in the Chicago lineup, with each of these three players posting a WAR above 3.8.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Previous Ranking: 25
The Reds acquired Spencer Steer from the Minnesota Twins in a deal for Tyler Mahle and Steer made his MLB debut this week. In that game, he reached base 4 times, 2 of them being walks, 1 being a double, and 1 being a home run.
26. Kansas City Royals
Previous Ranking: 26
The biggest bright spot on this roster is Bobby Witt Jr. He joined the 20/20 club, after he slugged his 20th home run of the year to pair with the 26 stolen bases he already has. A great, promising season for the rookie.
27. Detroit Tigers
Previous Ranking: 28
The Miguel Cabrera farewell tour continues. He is truly one of the best talents of this generation. The 39-year-old looks to finish, what would likely be his final season, on a high note.
28. Oakland Athletics
Previous Ranking: 29
The Athletics climb a spot, for the first time in over a month, more so because of the Pirates struggle than their own success. But Adrian Martinez put together a pretty great outing at the end of the week, throwing 6 shutout innings in a win.
29. Pittsburgh Pirates
Previous Ranking: 27
The entire MLB world knew that the Pirates would end the season at the very bottom of the league. They have the worst run differential, sitting at -209, making them one of just two teams with a run differential lower than -200.
30. Washington Nationals
Previous Ranking: 30
The Nationals stay steady in the 30th spot, where they will likely stay for the rest of the season. They are more than likely going to be the first team to 90 and 100 losses this year.
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