Of Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB analyst
We are in the middle of 2022 MLB season, and no division has my eye more than NL East.
Just a month ago, the Mets had a 10.5-game lead over the Atlanta Braves. In early July, the Braves cut their lead to 3.5 games.
The Braves have put together one of the best months in team history with a record of 21-6, which has equaled the most wins in a month since moving to Atlanta in 1966. They are certainly playing better than the Mets right now. , but the Mets are on the verge of recovering two of the best pitchers in the game.
This race is heating up and I can’t wait to see her play.
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10. Minnesota twins
The Twins are at the top of AL Central, but the division-favorite White Sox have been playing much better lately. The Twins need weapons to complete their team, and if they are serious about winning the division, they must be successful buyers when the trade expires. For now, they are a fun team to watch and are keeping top spot in the division by a thread.
9. Cardinals of San Luigi
Last week, the Cardinals scored two consecutive home runs for the eleventh time in history. They would benefit from another arm in the rotation, but their attack – led by MVP frontrunner Paul Goldschmidt – keeps them in the thick of things in NL Central.
The Cardinals have hit four home runs in a row for the eleventh time in MLB history
The St. Louis Cardinals hit four home runs in a row for the eleventh time in MLB history in the first inning, with Nolan Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson all going deep.
8. Toronto Blue Jays
This season, the Blue Jays’ offense leads the MLB in OPS and in June they scored 170 points as championship leaders. Their offense is why Toronto will play baseball in October; pitching, on the other hand, has some questions.
7. Milwaukee Brewers
Unlike the teams behind the Brewers in this week’s power rankings, Milwaukee does it in a different way: by dominating on the launch side. For a while, the Brewers were without two of their three big pitchers in the starting rotation, but now they have Brandon Woodruff again to form a 1-2 punch with Corbin Burnes, and they haven’t missed a beat.
6. San Diego Padres
The Padres bumped into the Dodgers last weekend and found themselves only within a couple of outs to be wiped out in a four-game streak. Fortunately for them, they fought back and found a way to win on Sunday, saving themselves from a disastrous streak against their division rivals. The Padres pitch was fantastic, as they lead baseball in strikeouts. But if they want to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West, they need Fernando Tatis Jr.
5. New York Mets
The Mets need Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer to return quickly now that the Atlanta Braves are out of breath. I had to beat the Mets after a tough show against the Houston Astros in the past week and a half, but they could quickly bounce back with their co-aces ready to return.
The battle for the NL East crown heats up
Ben Verlander talks about the battle between Mets and Braves in NL East. The Braves are back in business with key performances from Dansby Swanson, Ronald Acuna Jr. and others, while the Mets anticipate the returns of Max Scherzer and Jacob DeGrom.
4. Atlanta Braves
For the first time since the first week of the season, the Braves are leading the Mets in my power rankings. They won 21 games in June, which set a franchise record and reduced the Mets division’s advantage by eight games during that period. The Mets are still first in the NL East, but right now the Braves are the team you least want to run into.
3. Los Angeles dodgers
The Dodgers undoubtedly have some issues with the injuries they are facing, but we have seen how good they are and how much depth they have when they played against the Padres over the weekend. It has been the biggest series of the season so far for both teams and the Dodgers have dominated. They haven’t had the best month, but there’s no question they’re one of the best baseball teams.
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2. Houston Astros
The Astros have been a force lately, and this has been on full display for the past week and a half. In a strange period of their schedule, the Astros had to play with the best team in each league for nine consecutive games: first at home, then away and then at home against Yankees and Mets. During that stretch, the Astros showed how good they are. They went 7-2 and dominated in every aspect of the game.
1. New York Yankees
While the Yankees have lost three of their five games to the Astros, I’m not thinking too much about first place this week. The Yankees are well on their way to breaking the MLB winning record, and despite the narrow gap between first and second place, the Yankees are still the best baseball team. They have an astonishing 34-9 record at home this season, by far the best in baseball.
Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and the host of the “Throwing the bats“podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as the 14th round of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.
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