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2022 MLB Power Rankings: September 12

While the American League wild-card race is crowded, there is not much movement in this week’s MLB power rankings.


1. Los Angeles Dodgers (96-43) | Last week: 1

The Dodgers got series wins over the rival Giants and Padres last week, and they figure to hit 100 wins by next Monday.


2. Houston Astros (90-50) | Last week: 2

The Astros also took care of their business within their own division, and they’ll look to beat up on the Tigers and A’s next. Alex Bregman’s grand slam was a highlight for Houston over the weekend.


3. New York Mets (89-52) | Last week: 3

After a series loss to the Nationals last weekend, the Mets were able to bounce back and start taking advantage of their soft schedule (on paper) with a couple of series victories. After momentarily giving up the division lead, the Mets are back up in the NL East.


4. Atlanta Braves (87-53) | Last week: 4

The Braves finally climbed all the way back to take first place in the East, but two consecutive losses push them back to 1.5 games out of first entering today. Closer Kenley Jansen has had some struggles lately, so he’ll try to get things figured out ahead of October.


5. St. Louis Cardinals (83-58) | Last week: 5

Not only is Albert Pujols on his way to 700 career home runs in his final season, but he’s doing it as a major clutch player for the NL Central leading Cardinals. This just about sums up Pujols’ run:



6. New York Yankees (85-56) | Last week: 6

The Yankees were put on the ropes a bit by the Rays in the AL East, but wins on Saturday and Sunday gives them some breathing room with a 5.5-game lead. There are two series remaining versus the rival Red Sox this season, so expect Boston to attempt to play a bit of spoiler.


7. Seattle Mariners (79-61) | Last week: 7

Julio Rodriguez and Eugenio Suarez led a comeback walk-off win against the Braves after surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth, and Seattle has a different energy going this season as they look to finally get back to the postseason.


8. Tampa Bay Rays (78-60) | Last week: 8

The Rays couldn’t get another series win versus the Yankees, but they’ve been able to put the pressure on lately. It was nice to see Yonny Chirinos back on the mound for the first time in two years for Tampa Bay.


9. Philadelphia Phillies (78-62) | Last week: 10 (+1)

While the Phillies have had stretches of bad play, there have been stretches of promise that display they can potentially contend for a title. This past week was a good one for Philadelphia, with a 5-1 mark against the Marlins and Nats.


10. Toronto Blue Jays (78-61) | Last week: 11 (+1)

The Jays are somewhat quietly just a half game behind the Rays and six games behind the Yankees in the NL East, and there are five huge games coming up when they host Tampa Bay. Toronto must carry the momentum from their strong road trip when they return home.


11. San Diego Padres (77-64) | Last week: 9 (-2)

12. Milwaukee Brewers (75-66) | Last week: 13 (+1)

13. Cleveland Guardians (73-65) | Last week: 15 (+2)

14. Chicago White Sox (72-69) | Last week: 16 (+2)

15. Baltimore Orioles (73-67) | Last week: 12 (-3)

16. Minnesota Twins (69-70) | Last week: 14 (-2)

17. Boston Red Sox (69-72) | Last week: 17

18. San Francisco Giants (67-73) | Last week: 18

19. Arizona Diamondbacks (66-73) | Last week: 19

20. Los Angeles Angels (61-79) | Last week: 20

21. Colorado Rockies (61-80) | Last week: 21

22. Texas Rangers (60-79) | Last week: 22

23. Chicago Cubs (58-82) | Last week: 23

24. Cincinnati Reds (56-82) | Last week: 26 (+2)

25. Miami Marlins (57-82) | Last week: 25

26. Kansas City Royals (57-84) | Last week: 24 (-2)

27. Detroit Tigers (54-86) | Last week: 27

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-88) | Last week: 29 (+1)

29. Oakland Athletics (51-90) | Last week: 28 (-1)

30. Washington Nationals (49-92) | Last week: 30