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Power Rankings: Surging clubs shake up Top 5

August 14, 2022

As recently as a month ago, it looked as if no team would be able to surpass the Yankees in the race for the best record in the American League. That has changed. The Astros, who have won four in a row and are 7-3 in their past 10, own

There is a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

@paul_casellaMLB
August 7, 2022

The Yankees’ run atop the Power Rankings has come to an end after claiming the No. 1 spot in eight consecutive polls. With the Dodgers surging past the Yankees for the top record in the Majors last week, Los Angeles also leapfrogged New York in the latest edition of the

Power Rankings: Did the Deadline shake up the hierarchy?

August 4, 2022

Now that the Trade Deadline -- one of the wackiest, zaniest, action-packed Deadlines we’ve seen in recent times -- is behind us, it’s time to take a look at where teams landed in our first Power Rankings of August. There wasn’t a ton of movement from our last pre-Deadline rankings,

New No. 2 in Power Rankings heading into second half

July 20, 2022

The All-Star Game took place a week later than usual, which means that even with the slight extension of the season due to the lockout, most teams are already well past the 90-game mark. Some storylines relevant at this point come as no surprise -- the Yankees and Astros are

Power Rankings: New team storms into top 5

@paul_casellaMLB
July 10, 2022

Though the first half of the season has seen plenty of change up and down our weekly Power Rankings, things mostly remained the same atop the rankings heading into the final week of games before the All-Star break. While some first-place teams are starting to pull away, other divisions are

Power Rankings: Yanks, Astros pacing field

July 5, 2022

If the postseason began today, four of five teams from the American League East would be in. Let’s assume for now that the Yankees run away with the division, which looks likely, given their 13-game lead over the second-place Red Sox. That leaves Boston, Toronto and Tampa Bay as the

Power Rankings: Shakeup in the Top 5

June 27, 2022

The Astros and Yankees’ four-game series over the weekend provided great theater, and gave us what might very well be a preview of more drama to come in October. The series had everything -- two walk-off hits by Aaron Judge, an Astros combined no-hitter (the second time they’ve done this

Power Rankings: NY, SoCal clubs hold strong

June 19, 2022

Is it too early to start talking about the Wild Card race? Probably, but let’s do it anyway. In total -- American League and National League combined -- 13 teams are either in the top three in their respective races, or within five games of the third spot. Some you’re

Power Rankings: No debate who's No. 1

@MannyOnMLB
June 12, 2022

The Phillies’ incredible surge has vaulted them up our latest weekly Power Rankings, while the Brewers have gone in the other direction since last week's rankings after falling out of first place in the National League Central. Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to roll on in dominant fashion as some of

Power Rankings: Perfect week brings new No. 1

@paul_casellaMLB
June 5, 2022

For the past month, there has been a consensus top two in these rankings -- though the exact order of those storied franchises continues to alternate. After the Dodgers leaped the Yankees for top billing in last week’s Power Rankings, the Yanks responded by simply winning every game they played

Here are the Power Rankings through May

May 31, 2022

Memorial Day weekend has always been loosely considered a significant point on the baseball calendar. By this time, teams that are likely to be relevant in their division races in September are starting to separate themselves from the pack, while you may see others who played a little over their

There is a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

Dodgers fall from top spot for first time this season
May 15, 2022

For the first time this season, there is a new No. 1 team atop the Power Rankings. While the Dodgers have held the top spot dating to the preseason edition, the Yankees now claim the crown. That was far from the only movement within the rankings from last week, though,

LA, Big Apple reign in latest Power Rankings

May 8, 2022

A month into the season, one division that was predicted to be among the most competitive in baseball has met those expectations, with an added twist. The National League West is the only division in baseball where every team is above the .500 mark -- yes, that includes the Rockies

Power Rankings: Race for No. 1 tightens up

@paul_casellaMLB
May 1, 2022

With April in the rearview mirror, some teams have wasted no time making their case for Major League supremacy -- but plenty of others are surging as we shift to May. So let's have a look at our fourth edition of Power Rankings for the 2022 season, which features a

Power Rankings: Shakeup in the Top 5

@MannyOnMLB
April 24, 2022

Sure, it's still early. There are still five-plus months of the regular season remaining and a lot can change between now and October. But while division titles, league pennants and World Series championships aren't won in April, it sure is good to start off hot. So let's have a look

The first Power Rankings of the regular season

April 17, 2022

As is the case at this point of the season every year, our Power Rankings tally was all over the place among our group of voters. It’s way too early to glean much from less than two weeks of play; win-loss records, more often than not, indicate very little at

Opening Day Power Rankings: Who’s No. 1?

April 3, 2022

The regular season is almost here, which means it’s time for that time-honored, unscientific, occasionally polarizing rite of passage we call Opening Day Power Rankings. On paper, ranking the teams is easy. It also invites the very real possibility that we’ve both overestimated and underestimated more than half the teams

Spring forward: The first Power Rankings of 2022

March 11, 2022

Baseball is back, Opening Day is on the horizon, and with that comes another time-honored tradition: guessing which teams will dominate their divisions, weeks before a single regular-season pitch is thrown. When we last met, the Braves were crowned champs, the Giants shocked the world with a 107-win season and

Final Rankings of '21 offer sneak peek at '22

November 9, 2021

The offseason is only a week old, but in our fast-paced world, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to what’s next. Only one team ends a baseball season at the top of the heap, which means 29 other teams, absent parades and pep rallies, have already started looking

Power Rankings: Who's top among final four?

October 15, 2021

If baseball’s postseason was like the NCAA college basketball tournament, it’s highly likely there would not have been a single perfect bracket left in contests by the time the final four was set. A couple of teams that have advanced to their respective League Championship Series were expected to be

Power Rankings: How playoff teams stack up

October 3, 2021

Are we having fun yet? After an exhilarating regular season that took all 162 games before the postseason field could be set, we’re on to October -- the real October, when the stakes are high, nerves are shot and every pitch of every inning matters. With that, we present our

Power Rankings: Down to the wire

@_dadler
September 27, 2021

Teams are clinching postseason positions now as we enter the final week of the regular season, and that's solidifying their spot in the top tier of the MLB.com Power Rankings. The Rays, who clinched their second straight American League East title on Saturday with a win over the Marlins in

Power Rankings: Rivals set for photo finish

September 20, 2021

The NL West race has been as spectacular as advertised all season, and it’s barreling toward an even better finish as the regular season enters the home stretch. One game separates the Giants and Dodgers, and it’s possible that it’ll take more than 162 games to decide the division winner.

Power Rankings: Wild playoff push on deck

September 12, 2021

And then there were ... three? Looking at each division race plus the Wild Card chase, it looks like there are still three that are up for grabs: the NL West and both Wild Cards. In the NL, the club that doesn’t win the West among the Giants and Dodgers

Power Rankings: Top 5 gets new member

September 7, 2021

With four weeks remaining on the schedule, there are still a few key races to keep an eye on. While leads in the AL East (Rays), AL Central (White Sox) and NL Central (Brewers) are all but wrapped up, things are still unsettled in the NL East, where the Phillies