2022 MLB Power Rankings Week 18

As the Dodgers passed the Yankees for the Majors’ best record last week, Los Angeles also passed New York in the latest edition of the Power Rankings. It’s the first time the Dodgers have topped our rankings since the May 31 edition.

That wasn’t the only Top 5 shakeup, though. With the Transaction Deadline behind us and post-season racing heats up in every league, let’s take a closer look at all the moves in this week’s power rankings.

Biggest drop: The D-backs fell three spots, from No. 22 to No. 25, although that was more the result of some of the teams below them having a solid week. The only other teams to drop multiple spots this time around were the Twins (from No. 9 to No. 11) and the Red Sox (from No. 16 to No. 18).

1. Dodgers (75-33, last week: 2)
DraftKings World Series odds: 3.7-1
The Dodgers battled their way to MLB’s best record over the past week, winning eight straight. This section included a four-game sweep in San Francisco and a three game sweep of the new Padres look. Offensively, Los Angeles leads the Majors in OPS and ranks second in points, behind only the Yankees. When it comes to pitching staff, the Dodgers have a 2.87 MLB, the best ERA, including a 2.69 ERA for the starting rotation — nearly half better than the next best starting team. of the Majors (Astro, 3.13).

2. Yankees (70-39, last week: 1)
DraftKings World Series odds: 4.25-1
The Yankees enter the week on a season-high five-game losing streak after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Cardinals. This three-game set featured Montgomery, a former Yankee, take victory on Saturday and new Yankee Frankie Montas (six runs in three innings) struggling on his Sunday debut. Even with the recent slump, the Yanks still have the Majors’ most scoring offense.

3. Astros (70-40, last week: 3)
DraftKings World Series odds: 4.5-1
Despite just goes 3-3 last week, the Astros are only half a game behind the Yankees for the best American League record. Houston’s pitching staff continues to thrive, with its starting rotation posting a 3.13 ERA (second in the Majors) and the bullpen posting an MLB of 2.68, the best in MLB. The Astros are 16-4 in started matches by AL Cy Young Justin Verlanderwho is 15-3 with a 1.73 ERA in 20 starts.

4. Mets (70-39, last week: 5)
DraftKings World Series odds: 5.5-1
Already leading the NL East for most of the season, the Mets look even more dangerous with Jacob of Grom back on the mound – and picking up where he left off. deGrom thrown a gem of 12 out on Sunday as the Mets won their 70th game and won four of five games in a long streak against the second-placed Braves. If deGrom and Max Scherzer (1.98 ERA in 15 starts) remain healthy at the top of the rotation, New York thinks it’s going to be a tough game for everyone, especially in a postseason series.

The rest of the field of 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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