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Major League Baseball power rankings: Atlanta Braves’ wild week in the standings puts pressure back on New York Mets in a tight NL East

The Atlanta Braves are averaging just over five runs per game and moving up two spots in the power rankings this week.



On Monday, the Atlanta Braves had won 11 of 13 games, four games behind the New York Mets in the National League East. They had won five of seven games last week against the Mets and the Houston Astros.

Beginning on Monday, the Mets will play a pair of games against the Yankees in the Bronx, while the Braves will play three games against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, which could provide an additional opportunity for Atlanta to make up ground.

In this week’s rankings, the Mets replaced the Astros in second place, while the Braves climbed two spots to take the third spot.

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Rank (movement from last week)

Dustin May, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers (-), returns from Tommy John surgery and immediately strikes out nine batters in five scoreless innings.

2. New York Mets (+1), who dropped their first NL East series of the year last week when they were swept in four games by the Atlanta Braves.

Third, the Atlanta Braves (+2) have added Michael Harris II to their list of players who have signed long-term extensions.

The Houston Astros are ranked fourth and have a -2 home field advantage because they will be playing 24 of their final 39 games at Minute Maid Park.

Frankie Montas, starting pitcher for the New York Yankees (-1), has a 9.00 ERA (14 ER in 14 IP) in three appearances this season.

Albert Pujols, slugger for the St. Louis Cardinals (plus 2), has hit six homers in the past 10 days and is closing in on 700.

Seventh-ranked Phillies (-1)

Lost 5 of 14 games to the Mets but entered Monday having won 29 of 34 games against the rest of the NL East.

The eighth-place Seattle Mariners (+2) have the best remaining schedule in baseball, giving them a real chance to host a wild-card series.

Matt Chapman, ninth for the Toronto Blue Jays (-), has hit.917 in 27 games since the All-Star break.

Josh Hader, closer for the San Diego Padres (-3), was demoted after allowing 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings.

In his last five starts, Shane Bieber has gone 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA for the 2-0 Cleveland Guardians.

While on a rehab assignment, Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays (-) experienced a setback due to an injury.

Jose Miranda has hit.347 with 5 HR and 21 RBI in his last 25 games for the Minnesota Twins (+2).

Since the All-Star break, Adley Rutschman of the Baltimore Orioles (-14) has drawn the third-most walks of any player behind Juan Soto and Aaron Judge.

Milwaukee Brewers (-4) The Brewers went from leading the NL Central by four games to trailing by five games in a little over a month.

After being cut by Oakland, Elvis Andrus has found a new home with the Chicago White Sox (-). He previously played shortstop for the Athletics.

Alex Verdugo, batting seventeenth for the Boston Red Sox (+1), has a.356 average in 104 at-bats since the All-Star break.

The Giants (No. 18) travel to Detroit and Minnesota this week, where they are -1 favorites in both games.

To lead the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system, top prospect Jordan Lawlar is batting.329 through 80 games this season.

At +4, the Chicago Cubs have won 11 of their last 16 games heading into Monday.

After 17 years with the Rangers, Jon Daniels has been let go and the team is -2.

In August, the Miami Marlins have the lowest batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage in the National League.

Brendan Rodgers, of the Colorado Rockies (-), is hitting.353 in 29 games since the All-Star break.

Patrick Sandoval of the Los Angeles Angels (-2) shut out the Detroit Tigers on 97 pitches while facing only 28 batters.

Alexis Diaz, 25 (Cincinnati Reds -), has a 0.68 ERA, 20 Ks, and 2 BBs in his last 12 innings.

The Braves, Phillies, Brewers, Blue Jays, Mets, and Cardinals are all playoff contenders, and the Pirates face them six times this season.

Rookie Vinnie Pasquantino has performed admirably for the Kansas City Royals (+1) over the course of the last 27 games, posting a.306 average, an.888 OPS, and 5 home runs.

Riley Greene’s 448-foot home run for the Detroit Tigers (-1) on Sunday was the longest home run allowed by Shohei Ohtani in his major league career.

The 29th-ranked Oakland Athletics (-) finally hit a triple on Sunday, ending baseball’s longest drought without one since 1901.

C.J. Abrams of the 30th-ranked Washington Nationals (-) only played in six major league games before being called up.

USA TODAY published the following article first: Rank of MLB teams: New York Mets’ NL East lead has been threatened by the surprising Atlanta Braves.