The MLB All-Star Game was held a week later than usual due to the lockout. Because of this, most teams are already past the 90-game mark. The New York Yankees are leading the 2022 MLB power rankings, followed by the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the three teams continued to dominate, the competition never stopped for the other teams, especially for the Seattle Mariners as the top gainers. The Mariners were ten games under par before they won 14 in a row during the All-Star break. Since then, they have won 22 of 25 games and are currently hunting for the American League's second Wild Card spot.
The following seven games against the Astros are crucial for the Mariners to maintain their position in the AL West race. They will play all seven games at home. The Astros are currently ahead of the division by nine games.
The Mariners scaled the power rankings this week thanks to the signing of Julio Rodrguez, who was the runner-up of the Home Run Derby. He is currently on track to make his next All-Star appearance.
During the first half, the Yankees took two of three games against the Boston Red Sox. They are currently on track to win over a hundred games this season. Infielder Matt Carpenter is hitting .442 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the All-Star Game and the Draft. The team has been playing some of their best baseball of the season, and they are currently ten games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. The team's 13-2 record in July has led to speculation about their potential to make a run at the division title. They opened the second half of the season with a four-game series against the Giants.
Despite their 14-game winning streak, the Mariners have not been able to close the gap in the AL West race with the Astros. Thanks to the Astros' consistency, the team has been playing well during the past few weeks. At the same time, Houston won 14 of its 19 games and produced a 94-5 record.
The New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, which means they are currently 58-35. They are one win away from matching the record for most wins before the All-Star break that the team set in 1986.
The Atlanta Braves started the season slowly, but they have been playing well and are currently second in the NL East. The race between the Mets and Braves is expected to be a tight one. Austin Riley has been one of the key factors in the team's resurgence, hitting .407 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs.
The Red Sox's biggest drop in the power rankings this week was due to their poor performance in July. They are currently 5-12 in the month. They have to navigate the rest of the month against the Cleveland Indians, Houston, and Toronto Blue Jays.
Despite dropping to the 16th place, the Red Sox got some good news this week. Starting pitcher Chris Sale threw five scoreless innings in his debut on Tuesday. The team is currently in a tight race with Tampa Bay and Toronto. Unfortunately, pitcher Michael Wacha entered the injured list recently.
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