Although the highest 5 groups remained the identical this week, there was some shuffling between a pair of division rivals.
As the Mets and Braves proceed to jostle for place atop the National League East, additionally they flipped spots as soon as once more within the newest version of our Power Rankings. There was additionally a good quantity of motion involving the groups battling for place within the AL Wild Card race.
Here’s a more in-depth have a look at this week’s full Power Rankings.
Biggest soar: The Brewers got here up quick of their bid to comb the Yankees on Sunday, however they nonetheless made up some floor within the NL Wild Card race over the previous week — and jumped three spots from No. 16 to No. 13 this week. After splitting a pair of video games in St. Louis, Milwaukee gained the primary two in opposition to the Yanks earlier than letting a three-run lead slip away on Sunday.
Biggest drop: No crew dropped greater than two spots this week, however the group that fell two locations included a trio of AL postseason hopefuls — the Rays (from No. 6 to No. 8), the Mariners (from No. 7 to No. 9 ) and the White Sox (from No. 13 to No. 15).
1) Dodgers (101-44, final week: 1)
The Dodgers wanted solely 144 video games to succeed in 100 wins, turning into the quickest crew to succeed in triple digits because the 2001 Mariners. Offensively, they proceed to guide the Majors in crew OPS and runs scored, whereas their pitching employees has the bottom ERA within the large leagues. As in the event that they wanted extra assist, Clayton Kershaw has regarded sharp since coming back from the IL, posting a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings in three September begins.
2) Astros (96-51, final week: 2)
Houston has gained seven of its previous eight video games because the Astros proceed to shut in on successful their fifth AL West title up to now six seasons. Their beginning rotation has an AL-best 3.04 ERA this season — they usually obtained an important reinforcement this week with the return of Justin Verlander. The AL Cy Young favourite got here again following a three-week absence and instantly turned in a dominant efficiency in opposition to the A’s, hanging out 9 batters over 5 hitless innings.
3) Mets (93-55, final week: 4)
It was an up-and-down week for the Mets, who began it by getting swept in a three-game sequence in opposition to the Cubs earlier than bouncing again with a four-game sweep of the Pirates. Jacob deGrom continues to shine, hanging out 13 batters in simply 5 innings on Sunday in opposition to the Pirates. The Mets are additionally anticipated to get three pitchers — Max Scherzer, Tylor Megill and Drew Smith — again from the IL to start out this week. That ought to assist in their quest to carry on to their one-game lead within the NL East.
4) Braves (91-55, final week: 3)
Although they swept the rival Phillies over the weekend, it proved to be a bittersweet sequence with the lack of Ozzie Albies. One night time after coming back from a three-month absence because of a fractured left foot, Albies fractured his proper pinky finger on Saturday sliding into second base. He’ll miss the remainder of the common season, and is unlikely to return for the postseason, though Atlanta hasn’t dominated it out. Despite taking part in a lot time with out Albies, the Braves have posted an MLB-best 68-28 file because the starting of June, thanks partially to the excellent play of rising younger stars (*24*) Strider and Michael Harris II. Still, they discover themselves wanting up on the first-place Mets.
5. Cardinals (87-61, final week: 5)
The Cardinals maintain an eight-game lead over the Brewers within the NL Central, however they’re about to get a sequence of postseason checks throughout their upcoming eight-game street journey. St. Louis opens a three-game set in opposition to the Padres — a possible NL Wild Card Series opponent — in San Diego on Tuesday earlier than dealing with the MLB-leading Dodgers for three video games in LA That journey wraps up with a two-game set in opposition to the Brewers — a sequence that would see the Cardinals probably clinch the division, if all goes effectively.
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Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Paul Casella, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Brett Blueweiss