MLB Power Rankings: Yankees, Mets run baseball in New York

from Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyzer

For the first time since 2018 Premier League Baseball received a managerial dismissal before the All Star break.

And not just once, as Joe Girardi (Phyllis) and Joe Madden (Angels) have lost their jobs in the last two weeks.

Madden’s decision, announced Tuesday, certainly came as a surprise, but the Angels were in the midst of the longest losing streak in the franchise’s history. With a team as talented as theirs and a place with extremely wild cards, there would be no excuse for not qualifying for the playoffs, and the Angels’ front office was probably under pressure.

After the dismissal, a series of losses to Anaheim finally ended and the Angels returned to winning ball games. But they have a little work to do before they return to my top 10.

Braves, Mets, Yankees lead Ben Verlander’s best MLB teams

Braves, Mets, Yankees lead Ben Verlander's best MLB teams

Ben Verlander broke the top 10 of the MLB team after Week 10, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and New York Yankees.

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Let’s take a look at this week’s list.

10. Minnesota Gemini

The Twins aren’t playing the best baseball lately, but they still lead AL Central. The combination of Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa has been exciting to watch so far this season and Minnesota will soon regain top starting pitcher Joe Ryan, who has been out for some time due to COVID-19.

9. San Francisco Giants

With the superb Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants are not only back in the NL West race, but back in my top 10. Keep an eye on these Giants – if they get hot, you’ll have fun watching them.

8. Atlanta Braves

The Braves are in the midst of their longest winning streak since 2013 and would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today. During their winning streak, the Braves scored 6.7 runs per game and conceded just 2.7. This is the real recipe for success.

Danceby Swanson and Bryce Harper join Ben Verlander Team of the Week

Danceby Swanson and Bryce Harper join Ben Verlander Team of the Week

Ben Verlander defeated his team the week after Week 10, led by Bryce Harper of Phyllis and Dunsby Swanson of Bryves.

7. Tampa Bay Flight

The rays just keep winning. They are nine games behind the Yankees in AL East, but firmly control one of the AL’s wild card locations. The Rays swept a good Cardinals team this weekend and continue to prove they can handle teams with more star power.

6. Toronto Blue Jays

Jace is in second place in the AL East and after a difficult period in which they struggled with both passing and hitting, they come back and play as many thought there was a chance to win the American League.

5. Houston Astros

The biggest difference for Astros this year is their targeting. Last season, Astros’ bullpen was in the middle of the pack. This season, their bullpen has the lowest ERA in MLB, the fewest saves and the second least allowed hits.

Combine that with a rotation that re-added Justin Verlander, who is in Sai Young’s form after not playing for two years, and you have one of the most dominant staffs in baseball. Astros are elite at the moment because of their tilt and it is only a matter of time before their crime is also triggered on all cylinders.

Houston Astros is the team to win the American League

Houston Astros is the team to win the American League

Ben Verlander explains how the Houston Astros have built a perfect plan for long-term success and why they are the team to win in the AL.

4. San Diego Padres

It still amazes me how good the Padres were without Fernando Tatis Jr. They were worn by Manny Machado and Joe Musgrove, so I’m excited to see how good this team will be when Tatis returns. At this rate, San Diego will have something to say about who wins the NL West.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

Concerns about this Dodgers team are growing. Amid a sweep in the hands of the Giants, the Dodgers have received news that Walker Buhler will be removed for “good time” due to an elbow / forearm injury. However, they have the best attack in baseball and run in groups. We will see how they react this week after being swept away by their rivals.

2. New York Mets

The rest of the NL East is approaching the Mets, who have been one of the best teams in baseball so far this season. The difference this year is that I don’t think these Mets will fall apart completely and I think they can hold back the growing Braves and Phillies. Besides, they were great even without their two best pitchers, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.

Five best drilling pitches for 2022

Five best drilling pitches for 2022

Ben Verlander chooses his five best pitchers for the 2022 MLB season, led by Nestor Cortes of the Yankees.

1 New York Yankees

The Yankees are currently on the verge of breaking the MLB record for victories in one season. The New York attack did what we all thought it could, and the guidance staff was the best at baseball, no matter how you write it. Every starting pitcher without the name of Gerrit Cole has an ERA below 3.00 and Cole is still exceptional overall, except for his last start.

The Yankees are the best team in baseball so far this season and have a favorite for MVP and future free agent Aaron Judge, who earns more and more money every time he goes on the field. New York is where you need to be these days if you’re a baseball fan.

Here’s another exciting week of Major League Baseball!

Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and a leader of “Flippin ‘BatsBorn and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother Justin in Detroit as he was selected by the Tigers’ 14th round in 2013. He spent five years with the Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.


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