MLB Power Rankings: Surging Dodgers Take Over No. 1

from Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

Last week was a huge week for many of the best teams in baseball. Some are going in the right direction and some are now going in the other direction.

Let’s get into it and see how things shake out at the top of the power rankings.

MLB Power Rankings: The Los Angeles Dodgers lead this week’s power rankings

MLB Power Rankings: The Los Angeles Dodgers lead this week's power rankings

Ben Verlander gives us his Week 18 MLB power rankings, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and New York Mets.

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10. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners got what they wanted at the deadline, acquiring the best pitcher available. In his first start for his new team, Luis Castillo went to Yankee Stadium and hit a home run en route to a victory that helped the Mariners take the series against the Yankees.

The Mariners play good baseball and will do well against anyone thanks to their dominant rotation.

9. Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies are 11-2 in their last 13 games. The top two teams in the NL East, the Braves and Mets, didn’t do much at the trade deadline, but the Phillies certainly took advantage, adding Noah Syndergaard, David Robertson and Brandon Marsh, all three of whom helped fill positions of need.

After the All-Star break, the Phillies are on a roll.

8. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are in the midst of a season-best seven-game winning streak and are one of only two undefeated teams in the month of August. They come after a three-game weekend series for the Yankees, for which more than 141,000 fans packed Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals offense has been good all season, and they added pitching at the deadline, which is exactly what they needed. On July 30, the Cardinals were four games behind the first place Brewers. They now have a two-game lead in the NL Central.

The St. Louis Cardinals will win the NL Central

The St. Louis Cardinals will win the NL Central

Ben Verlander breaks down how the Cardinals were able to overtake the Brewers for first place in the NL Central and why he thinks the Brewers will miss the playoffs.

7. San Diego Padres

After a trade deadline in which the Padres were the clear winners, the team wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders. The Padres were swept by the Dodgers over the weekend and are 1-4 since the arrival of Juan Soto.

They will get better and be a playoff team, but so far the new Padres haven’t hit the ground running yet.

6. Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays trade deadline was a bit of a disappointment. Their only obvious problem was their starting rotation, and they didn’t address it at all. Their offense is very good and should carry them to the playoffs, but without multiple top-of-the-rotation starters, I don’t think the Jays can do much damage when they get there.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is on a career-best 18-game hitting streak right now, and the Jays still hold the top wild card spot after as many weeks.

5. Atlanta Braves

The Braves have been one of the hottest teams in baseball since June 1st, but this weekend they faced the Mets for a five-game divisional showdown. The Mets took four of five games and really dominated the Braves in all aspects of the game.

The Braves are a good team, but they clearly look like the second best team in the NL East.

The Mets, not the Yankees, are the kings of New York

The Mets, not the Yankees, are the kings of New York

Ben Verlander explains why he thinks the Mets have surpassed the Yankees as New York’s official team.

4. New York Yankees

The Yankees’ decline from being the best team in the league has been pretty obvious lately. Since the start of July, they are 14-18 and 6-11 since the All-Star break.

The Yankees lost six games throughout the month of June (22-6), but since the calendar flipped to July, they haven’t been the team on the cusp of breaking MLB’s all-time wins record.

3. New York Mets

The Mets are 11-2 in their last 13 games and are coming off a dominant streak against their division rivals. Thanks to a scheduled doubleheader, the two teams played five games, with the Mets winning four. Jacob de Grom and Max Scherzer starred in the series.

The Mets are now close to full strength and we are seeing how good they really are.

The New York Mets took home this week’s Team of the Week

The New York Mets took home this week's Team of the Week

Ben Verlander breaks down his team of the week with incredible performances from the Mets’ Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Francisco Lindor, Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin.

2. Houston Astros

The Astros are now tied with the Yankees for the most wins in the American League, and they dominated the season. The addition of Trey Mancini has been great for them as he has already hit three home runs including a grand slam.

The Astros didn’t play great against the Guardians over the weekend, but are struggling with a 70-40 record.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are an astounding 30-5 (.853) in their last 35 games (15-3 since the All-Star break). Their current eight-game winning streak is their fifth streak of more than seven games this season, and they are on pace for a franchise-record 112 wins.

Even with all the injuries on that side of the field, the Dodgers are having a historically great season.

Here’s to another great week of Major League Baseball!

Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and host of “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.

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