No. 1 team under threat in latest MLB Power Rankings

With April in the rearview mirror, some teams have wasted no time in defending Major League supremacy – but many more are stepping up as we move into May.

So let’s take a look at our fourth edition of the Power Rankings for the 2022 season, which features a block at the top, as well as some significant jumps and dips from the past week.

Here’s how our voters ranked the 30 clubs, top to bottom.

Biggest Leap: The Angels, Marlins and Twins each made significant leaps this week, jumping eight spots each. The AL-West-leading Halos moved into the top 10, rising from No. 17 to No. 9, while Miami moved from No. 21 to No. 13 and Minnesota followed suit. from No. 22 to No. 14. The Angels have won seven of eight games, while the Marlins are coming off their seven-game winning streak on Sunday. The Twins, meanwhile, have won in nine of their last 10 to open a three-game lead in the AL Central.

Biggest drop: The Cardinals fell five spots as they continued their rollercoaster start to 2022. A week after making the biggest leap in this ranking from No. 10 to No. 5, the Cards are back at No. 10 after going 3-4 on a seven-game homestand that included dropping two of three to the Mets and splitting a four-game set with the D-backs.

1. Dodgers (last week: 1)
Los Angeles retains its grip on first place – but it was an incredibly close race. After being the unanimous No. 1 in every vote so far this season, the Dodgers have received only four of nine votes for first place this time around, the Yankees have also received four and the Mets the other. Overall, the Dodgers — who lead the Majors with a +47 point differential — received a 2.2 average rating, narrowly edging out the Mets (2.3) and Yankees (2.4).

2. Food (3)
The Mets provided one of the best moments of the young season on Friday, when five pitchers combined to throw just the second no-hitter in franchise history. It set the tone for a series in which they took two of three from the rival Phillies, just after taking two of three from the Cards. Overall, the Mets’ 2.99 ERA ranks third in the Majors, while they also scored the fourth-most in runs and led all teams in .344 on-base percentage.

3. Yankees (7)
The Yankees’ nine-game winning streak was enough to catapult them four spots to No. 3 — but they also received the same number of first-place votes as the Dodgers. They also received a trio of fourth-place votes, ultimately putting the Bronx Bombers behind the rival Mets. The Yanks averaged 8.0 points per game this week while outscoring opponents 48-21 to take their overall point differential to +41 – second-best among Majors.

4. Blue jays (2)
Although the Blue Jays have dropped a few spots this week, it’s more the result of good play by other teams than anything Toronto has done wrong. After all, the Blue Jays took three of four from the Red Sox and then won two of three against the Astros. That said, Toronto will get its chance to come back this week, as the club hosts New York on Monday to start a three-game AL East showdown against the first-place Yankees. The Blue Jays and Yankees are tied for the top of the MLB standings with 31 homers apiece.

5. Giants (4)
It was a difficult week for the Giants, despite a few days off. They shared a two-game set with the A’s and then lost two of three to the last-place Nationals while allowing 28 points in those three contests. Still, San Francisco has one of the best all-around clubs in the Majors, ranking first in points per game (5.0) and fifth in the ERA by team (3.06) – even after this weekend’s setback. end.

The rest of the field of 30:

6. Brewers (9)
7. Fathers (8)
8. Spokes (6)
9. Angels (17)
10. Cardinals (5)
11. Brave (11)
12. Sailors (10)
13. Marlins (21)
14. Twins (22)
15. Astros (12)
16. White Sox (13)
17. Rockies (15)
18.Red Sox (14)
19. Phillies (18)
20. Guardians (16)
21. Cubs (20)
22. Tigers (19)
23. Athletics (23)
24. D-back (29)
25. Royals (24)
26. Rangers (27)
27. Pirates (25)
28. Nationals (26)
29. Orioles (28)
30. Reds (30)

Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Paul Casella, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Brett Blueweiss

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