MLB Strength Rankings: What Do We Make of the Mets and Braves?

by Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

It’s been a long time since I remember seeing a division race similar to what we’re seeing in the NL East this season.

What was once a two-digit progression of New York Mets It’s almost been carried away over the past few months, and last Friday we saw this lead change hands for the NL East for the first time. The Atlanta BravesHe would prove short-lived, as the Mets would regain command of the NL East the next day.

As this new week begins, all eyes are on the NL East as we head down the house extension and the Mets and Braves put on a show.

The Mets have been one of the best teams in baseball all season, while the Braves have been The Best baseball team since June 1. Where do these two teams finish in the powerhouse rankings this week?

10) San Diego Padres

Padres constantly makes me scratch my head. Since they’ve been awarded a Gold Star by everyone due to a seemingly exceptional trading deadline, the Padres have gone from 17-18 in 35 games. even without Fernando TateThis team is very talented. But now is the time to start playing like her.

9) Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have been very excited lately, winning nine of their last 12 games. As you’d expect, crime has led the way. The Blue Jays lead every Major League Baseball this season in batting average against Novices at 0.271, and the WRC+ (weighted plus runs created) of 116 indicate they were 16% better than the average team – second in the league behind the Dodgers .

8) Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays’ home field advantage was key to their success, as they posted their third-best home win percentage since August 1 at .789, behind the Dodgers (.824) and Cardinals (.818). At the time, they were 15 games out of first place in the East Zone. Now, they’ve cut the difference to just 4.5 games.

7) Seattle Mariners

Since the trade deadline expired, no team has a better winning percentage on the road than the Mariners (.750). A big reason for this is their rotation in the playing field. However, one aspect that has been overlooked by the sailors is their defence. They are tied for the best baseball percentage at 0.989 and have the fewest fouls with 55. They are also among the top ten in advanced metrics DRS (Defensive Courses Saved) and OAA (Outside Above Average).

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6) New York Yankees

Having seen the formidable AL East team going away, the Yankees are playing again and are playing better lately. They eliminated Rice over the weekend in a massive battle between the top two teams in the division. The Yankees have dominated late in the games this season, posting the second-best running difference in the main innings in the 7-9 innings at +66, behind only the Dodgers (+74).

5) St. Louis Cardinals

Since the trade deadline, no team has a better winning percentage than the Cardinals (.730). The Cardinals’ hot extension switch was hitting early – they’re linked with Phyllis For most of the first (28) runs in the MLB. The split seems to be under control now, and now all attention is turning to it Albert Pujols As he approaches the 700th home race. On Sunday, he set his number 697, passing Alex Rodriguez to take his lone fourth all-time finish.

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4) Atlanta Braves

Since May 31, the Braves have had their best record in the majors at 64-26. They are the only team in that time frame to post a winning percentage above 0.700 (.711). On that day at the end of May, the Braves were 10.5 games behind the New York Mets. Through no fault of their own, the Mets’ lead is down just 0.5 games now. On that note…

3) New York Mets

The Mets are one of two MLB teams that have not lost more than three games in a row this season. The division rival Braves are the only other team that can say the same. The Mets are scratching and scratching to stay on top of the NL East, but it hasn’t been easy with the Braves playing better than anyone else over the past few months. The Mets have been playing great all year and have a very convenient schedule, which will help them fend off Atlanta.

2) Houston Astros

The Astros on Sunday became the first MLS team to achieve 90 wins and are on their way to winning the #1 seed in the AL. A big part of their success has been their ability to win on the road. The Astros are one of only two teams with a win rate of over 0.60% on the road, with the Dodgers being the only other team.

MLB Power Rankings: Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers Still Teams to Win | philippines bats

MLB Power Rankings: Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers Still Teams to Win |  philippines bats

Ben Verlander gives us the updated MLB Power Rankings featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, NY Mets and Tampa Bay Rays, topping the power rankings for this week as the final stretch is here!

1) Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers, by defeating the Padres on Sunday, became the first team to officially snatch a place in the playoff this season. The Dodgers dominate all aspects of the game, scoring the most points per game (5.40) and dropping the fewest (3.22). The more you can do that, it’s a good indication that you’ll be a good baseball team, and the better Dodgers in Major League Baseball.

Here’s another great week!

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “philippines batsPodcast. Verlander was an all-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick for the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years with the Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.


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