Through Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB analyst
Last week was a big week for many of the best teams in baseball. Some are going in the right direction, others are going the other way now.
Let’s dive into that and see how things play out at the top of the Power ladder.
MLB Power Rankings: The Los Angeles Dodgers lead this week’s power rankings
Ben Verlander gives us his MLB Power Rankings for Week 18, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and New York Mets.
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10 Seafarers from Seattle
The Mariners got what they wanted on time and acquired the best pitcher available. In his first start for his new team, Luis Castillo went to Yankee Stadium and hit great en route to a win that helped the Mariners win the series against the Yankees.
The Mariners play good baseball and suit everyone thanks to their dominant rotation.
9. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies are 11-2 in their last 13 games. The top two teams in NL East, the Braves and Mets, didn’t do much at the close, but the Phillies took advantage by adding Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh, all three of whom helped fill positions in the distress.
Since the All-Star hiatus, the Phillies have been on the road to success.
8th. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are in the midst of a season-best seven-game winning streak and they are one of only two unbeaten teams in the month of August. They come off a three-game weekend series for the Yankees that saw more than 141,000 fans fill Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals’ offense was good all season, and they added pitching by deadline day, which was just what they needed. On July 30, the Cardinals were four games behind the first-place Brewers. Now they lead in the NL Central by two games.
St. Louis Cardinals will win the NL Central
Ben Verlander explains how the Cardinals overtook the Brewers for first place in the NL Central and explains why he thinks the Brewers will miss the playoffs.
7. San Diego Padres
After a trading period in which the Padres were the clear winners, the team didn’t exactly fire on all guns. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers over the weekend and are 1-4 since the arrival of Juan Soto.
They’ll be fine, and they’ll be a playoff team, but so far the new-look Padres haven’t got off the ground.
6. Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays’ trade close was a bit disappointing. Their only glaring issue was their starting rotation and they didn’t address that at all. Their offense is very good and should get them into the playoffs, but without several top-of-the-rotation starters, I don’t think the Jays can do much damage once they get there.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is currently on a career-high 18-game winning streak and the Jays still hold the top wildcard after a mediocre week.
5. Atlanta Braves
The Braves have been one of baseball’s hottest teams since June 1, but this weekend they faced the Mets to clash in a five-game division. The Mets won four of five games and truly dominated the Braves in every facet of the game.
The Braves are a good team but clearly appear to be the second best team in the NL East.
Mets, not Yankees, are kings of New York
Ben Verlander explains why he believes the Mets have surpassed the Yankees as New York’s official team.
4. New York Yankees
The Yankees’ relegation from the top team in the league has been pretty obvious lately. They’re 14-18 as of early July and 6-11 since the All-Star Break.
The Yankees lost six games in the entire month of June (22-6), but since the calendar switched to July, they haven’t been the team on track to break the all-time MLB winning record.
3. New York Mets
The Mets are 11-2 in their last 13 games and are coming off a dominant streak against their division rivals. Thanks to a planned doubleheader, the two teams played five games, and the Mets won four. Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer both starred in the series.
The Mets are almost complete now and we’re getting a sense of just how good they really are.
The New York Mets take on Team of the Week this week
Ben Verlander breaks his Team of the Week with amazing performances from the Mets’ Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Francisco Lindor, Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin.
2. Houston Astros
The Astros now have the most wins in the American League with the Yankees and have dominated the season streak. The addition of Trey Mancini was great for them as he has already hit three home runs including a grand slam.
The Astros didn’t play well against the Guardians over the weekend but are coasting with a 70-40 record.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have an amazing 30-5 (.853) record in their last 35 games (15-3 since the All-Star break). Their current eight-game winning streak is their fifth seven-game winning streak this season, and they’re on track to match a franchise-record 112 wins.
Despite all the injuries on the pitching side, the Dodgers are having a historically great season.
Here’s to another great week in Major League Baseball!
Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst at FOX Sports and host of the “Flip pin batspodcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother Justin in Detroit in 2013 as a 14th-round pick for the Tigers. He spent five years with the Tigers Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.
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