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MLB power rankings 2022: Houston Astros challenging Yankees for No. 1 spot

Matt Johnson

Before diving into the MLB games today, it’s always important to examine the MLB standings and latest MLB power rankings to get a picture for how things are shaking out during the 2022 season.

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As more games are played, our MLB power rankings will round into form reflecting talent and the MLB standings. We’re now more than a month through the 2022 MLB season and more evidence is giving us a real glimpse at all of these teams.

Let’s dive into our latest MLB power rankings.

1. New York Yankees (LW: 1)

MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
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The New York Yankees are the best team in MLB, especially when the lineup is delivering at this level. Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are already at double-digit homers. It should come as no surprise that when these two both go deep, New York is 21-1. With another dominant showing against Chicago, there was no question the Yankees would remain the No. 1 team in the latest MLB power rankings.

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2. Houston Astros (LW: 8)

MLB: Game One-Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
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Here come the Houston Astros. An 11-game win streak vaulted Houston near the top of the MLB standings and the Week 7 MLB power rankings. Jose Altuve (5 HR, 236 wRC+, 1.138 OPS) is on fire since coming off the IL. Let’s see how the Astros handle the struggling Red Sox next week. One thing is for certain, the upcoming schedule is very favorable for Houston.

3. New York Mets (LW: 3)

MLB: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets
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The New York Mets keep taking care of business. Following a series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Metropolitans easily put down the Washington Nationals thanks to great outing from Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker. It’s not all good news for New York. Jacob deGrom is progressing slowly and might not return until July, the best-case scenario. Fortunately, the Mets aren’t facing much of a challenge in the NL East right now.

4. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 6)

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels
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The Los Angeles Angels finally get their due in the Sportsnaut MLB power rankings. Shohei Ohtani boasts an improved .986 OPS since May 7 and Mike Trout (9 HR, 233 wRC+) remains an MVP favorite when healthy. If the Angels could add another big piece to their lineup, they could challenge the best MLB teams.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (LW: 4)

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
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The Clayton Kershaw injury is a blow for the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation, but the hope is he isn’t out for too long. Even putting that aside, dropping a series to the woeful Pittsburgh pirates and then struggling against the Philadelphia Phillies isn’t a great sign. For now, we’ll just consider it a blip on the radar but Los Angeles can’t escape being dropped in the MLB power rankings.

6. Milwaukee Brewers (LW: 2)

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
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It’s time to be concerned with Brandon Woodruff. A season removed from being a Cy Young candidate, the 29-year-old has already allowed 19 earned runs in just six starts this season. He’s allowing far more contact (.254 BAA) than ever and his command is worse. Milwaukee needs him to figure things out if this team is going to compete for a World Series.

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7. San Diego Padres (LW: 5)

MLB: San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
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Manny Machado looks like the best player in baseball right now. The 29-year-old entered the weekend with an absurd .371/.451/.605 slash line, playing strong defense and walking (12.5%) nearly as much as he strikes out (17.4%). The San Diego Padres lineup is going to be especially dangerous once Fernando Tatís Jr. returns.

8. Tampa Bay Rays (LW: 7)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
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Things didn’t go well for the Tampa Bay Rays in Los Angeles, wiping out any shot at climbing in the MLB power rankings. But the Rays responded to those two blowouts nicely, demonstrating why this team can be a World Series contender if the right moves are made this summer.

9. Minnesota Twins (LW: 9)

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins
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When Byron Buxton isn’t hitting home runs, he’s making jaw-dropping catches in the outfield and covering unbelievable ground. He is an MVP threat when healthy and that’s all the Minnesota Twins need right now. Another huge reason for Minnesota’s No. 10 spot in the KLB power rankings, even when injuries strike the rotation they have others (Josh Winder, Bailey Ober) ready to step in.

9. San Francisco Giants (LW: 12)

MLB: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
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Just like that, the San Francisco Giants are surging again. It started on May 7 with a 13-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and this club has maintained that momentum. There’s nothing especially flashy, Wilmer Flores leads the team with a .260 batting average, but timely hitting and a healthier pitching staff keep getting the job done.

11. St. Louis Cardinals (LW: 13)

MLB: San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals
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The St. Louis Cardinals saw a lot of the San Francsico Giants in the last week and they held their own. Of course, an even greater litmus test is the four-game set at Citi Field against the Mets. As long as they stay above .500, with Milwaukee sliding, that’s all that matters right now for the Cards.

12. Toronto Blue Jays (LW: 10)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
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Our World Series pick to open the season, times are tough right now for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team went from 15-8 to 18-16, plummeting down the AL East. We;d still bet on the young talent and an aggressive front office to turn things around.

13. Chicago White Sox (LW: 11)

MLB: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox
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Pitching let the Chicago White Sox down in the series against the Yankees, but Lance Lynn will return in June and additions can be made to the starting rotation. We’d still bet on this team to win the division and there might not be a better time to roll the dice on a World Series wager.

14. Philadelphia Phillies (LW: 18)

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers
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Playing through a UCL tear, Bryce Harper is still getting it done at the plate. We’re also seeing the verst version of the Phillies right now, first dispatching the Seattle Mariners and then neutralizing the Dodgers. It earns a four-spot jump up the MLB power rankings and a spot in the top-10 is available depending on the results vs the Padres and a rematch against the Dodgers.

15. Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 19)

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
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We expected the Arizona Diamondbacks to be one of the worst teams in MLB, instead, they are playing like a legitimate contender. We’re still holding off on a huge push up the MLB rankings for now, but that will change if they can handle a four-game set against the Dodgers.

16. Cleveland Guardians (LW: 16)

MLB: Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins
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The Cleveland Guardians are starting to make an impression, competing with teams like the Blue Jays, White Sox and Twins. It will likely be a neck-and-neck race for all three of these clubs in 2022, but Cleveland is lower in the MLB power rankings due to overall talent differential.

17. Seattle Mariners (LW: 14)

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Seattle Mariners
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A deep Seattle Mariners outfield isn’t working out how the club hoped. The durability issues are back for Mitch Haniger and we won’t see him until the summer. Jarred Kelenic gave Seattle no choice but to demote him following months of woes at the plate. Meanwhile, Jesse Winker hasn’t matched his 2021 production. Let’s see if the roster changes and the series victory over the Mets change things.

18. Atlanta Braves (LW: 15)

MLB: San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
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Austin Riley is ice cold at the plate, Ronald Acuña Jr. is dealing with a nagging injury and the Atlanta Braves lineup is being brought down by the rest of its outfield. There are reasons to worry about Atlanta, enough so that they have plummeted down to No. 18 after entering spring training at No. 1 in the MLB power rankings.

19. Colorado Rockies (LW: 17)

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Colorado Rockies
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It’s almost like the Colorado Rockies’ hot start was a fluke, shocking. From 10-5 to 17-17, the high this team rode in early April is gone with reality setting in. The best thing the Rockies can do this summer is trade off a few assets to replenish the farm system.

20. Miami Marlins (LW: 20)

MLB: Miami Marlins at San Diego Padres
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It’s great to have pitching and it is one of the most important factors for success in October. However, the Miami Marlins won’t experience the MLB playoffs with the current state of their lineup. Scoring runs was always going to be this team’s issue and it hasn’t changed.

21. Boston Red Sox (LW: 21)

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers
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Maybe the series victory over the Texas Rangers is a spark for the Boston Red Sox lineup. Then again, this team still ranks 23rd in runs scored and the bullpen is awful. With the Astros, Mariners and White Sox ahead on the schedule, things don’t look good for Boston.

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22. Baltimore Orioles (LW: 26)

23. Texas Rangers (LW: 22)

24. Oakland Athletics (24)

25. Pittsburgh Pirates (LW: 25)

26. Kansas City Royals (LW: 27)

27. Chicago Cubs (LW: 23)

28. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 30)

29. Washington Nationals (LW: 29)

30. Detroit Tigers (LW: 28)