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MLB Power Rankings Week 3: Dodgers fall while Braves rise

There haven’t been many drastic winning or losing streaks since Week 2’s Power Rankings, which means no team has dropped or risen that much. 

However, there are certainly some teams that have slipped in the rankings. Let’s get into the Power Rankings for Week 3.

1. Atlanta Braves (12-5, 1st in NL East)

After a sluggish start to the season, the Braves have woken up in a big way. Atlanta just swept the Astros in three games to improve their winning streak to four games. Even without Spencer Strider, the Braves are finding ways to win. However, Atlanta just lost Ozzie Albies for a few weeks with a broken toe.

2. New York Yankees (13-6, 1st in AL East)

The kings of the AL East remain the same. The Yankees have won six of their last 10 games and Juan Soto continues to look like an MVP candidate in pinstripes. Aaron Judge is still looking uncomfortable at the plate, but he should be back to his normal self soon enough. Plus, Carlos Rodon has been a pleasant surprise in 2024.

3. Baltimore Orioles (8-4, 2nd in AL East)

It won’t be easy to win the AL East this season with several teams capable of winning the title. The O’s have a ridiculously good lineup that seemingly keeps getting younger. Colton Cowser is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year and Jordan Westburg is smashing baseballs. Jackson Holliday should join that conversation soon enough. 

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9, 1st in NL West)

The high-and-mighty Dodgers have looked pretty bad recently. Los Angeles has lost six of their last 10 games and the biggest problem right now is their pitching. With Bobby Miller the latest Dodger to get hurt, there are a lot of young faces taking the mound that have little to no MLB experience. On a brighter note, Shohei Ohtani is still great at baseball.

5. Milwaukee Brewers (11-6, 1st in NL Central)

The Brewers have quietly had a phenomenal start to the season. Milwaukee has had one of the most productive lineups in baseball in the first few weeks which has led them to winning six of their last 10 games. If their pitching can improve, the Brewers could dominate the NL Central this season. 

6. Philadelphia Phillies (11-8, 2nd in NL East)

The entire NL East division had a slow start to the year. However, the Phillies have picked it up recently with four wins in their last five games. The Philadelphia pitching has been brilliant as Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, and Ranger Suarez have formed a dominant big three. Things are starting to look up in Philly.

7. Cleveland Guardians (13-6, 1st in AL Central)

When the Guardians lost Shane Bieber, a lot of hope was lost for Cleveland to have a good season. However, the Guards haven’t let that injury derail them as they’ve won four of their last five games including a series win over the Red Sox. Josh Naylor and Jose Ramirez have been red-hot in the last week or two.

8. Chicago Cubs (11-7, 2nd in NL Central)

Right on the heels of the Brewers in the NL Central are the Cubs, who have won four of their last five games. Michael Busch has been a huge contributor on offense and Cody Bellinger is finally starting to rip the ball. Once Seiya Suzuki comes back, the Cubs have an elite offense.

9. Kansas City Royals (12-7, 2nd in AL Central)

The Royals are young, hungry, and ready to make some noise this season. Kansas City has won seven of their last 10 games and their offense has been extremely efficient. Bobby Witt Jr. is having a breakout season and Vinnie Pasquantino looks like he’s found his rhythm, so the Royals are hot right now.

10. Texas Rangers (11-9, 1st in AL West)

The first time a team from the AL West gets mentioned in the Power Rankings is the Texas Rangers at #10. The entire AL West has been a disappointment early in this season, but the Rangers have been able to capitalize on it and be the only team in the division with a winning record.

11. San Diego Padres (11-10, 2nd in NL West)

Pitching has been the biggest issue for the Padres. When you have a lineup with Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado, runs are going to come. But on the mound, Joe Musgrove is struggling and Yu Darvish was just placed on the injured list. It’s been a tough week for the Padres.

12. Tampa Bay Rays (11-9, 3rd in AL East)

The Rays have been a solid team through the first few weeks of the season. Nothing too special yet, but the pitching has been solid from Zach Eflin and Ryan Pepiot. If Randy Arozarena and Yandy Díaz can stay hot, the Rays could find themselves in a good position heading into the All-Star break.

13. New York Mets (10-8, 3rd in NL East)

In last week’s Power Rankings, the Mets were near the bottom of the list. Since then, the Mets have won four in a row, eight of their last 10, and even took a series from the Braves. The sluggish start from the offense finally appears to be over and New York’s pitching has been unexpectedly solid.

14. Arizona Diamondbacks (9-11, 3rd in NL West)

It’s tough putting a team under .500 in the top half of the Power Rankings, but the Diamondbacks have played some difficult teams so far. Plus, the Snakes average the 6th most runs per game, so the offense certainly hasn’t been an issue. But more bad news for Arizona is that Eduardo Rodriguez doesn’t appear like he’s coming back anytime soon.

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-8, 3rd in NL Central)

The Pirates remain in the top half of the rankings since they still have one of the better records in the league, but Pittsburgh is starting to falter. The Pirates have lost three in a row and six of their last 10 games. The hot start to the season appears to be over.

The remainder…

16.          Toronto Blue Jays (10-9, 4th in AL East)

17.          Detroit Tigers (10-9, 3rd in AL Central)

18.          Los Angeles Angels (9-10, 2nd in AL West)

19.          Washington Nationals (8-10, 4th in NL East)

20.          San Francisco Giants (9-11, 4th in NL West)

21.          Cincinnati Reds (9-9, 4th in NL Central)

22.          Boston Red Sox (10-10, 5th in AL East)

23.          Seattle Mariners (9-10, 3rd in AL West)

24.          St. Louis Cardinals (9-10, 5th in NL Central)

25.          Oakland Athletics (8-11, 4th in AL West)

26.          Minnesota Twins (6-11, 4th in AL Central)

27.          Houston Astros (6-14, 5th in AL West)

28.          Miami Marlins (4-15, 5th in NL East)

29.          Colorado Rockies (4-15, 5th in NL West)

30.          Chicago White Sox (3-15, 5th in AL Central)

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