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2022 MLB July Power Rankings



By Kyle Glaser

As the calendar turns to July the Yankees have continued to cement themselves as the best team in the majors, with a 56-21 record that is seven games better than the second-best team (Astros).

The Dodgers and Mets remain near the top of the power rankings while the Astros joined the top three thanks to another impressive month.

Here are Baseball America’s MLB Power Rankings as July begins.

All records and statistics through June 30.




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  1. 1
    Yankees

    New York Yankees

    (56-21) +150
    Notes:

    The Yankees have won an astounding 56 of their first 77 games and have outscored their opponents by 150 runs, the largest run differential in baseball. The best part is they’ve done it with their offense still not at peak form yet.1B Anthony Rizzo (.221), DH Giancarlo Stanton (.249), 2B Gleyber Torres (.248) and 3B/1B DJ LeMahieu (.262) are all hitting more than 20 points below their lifetime averages entering the season, creating the potential that the Bronx Bombers still have more offense in the tank.

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    Dodgers

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    (47-28) +131
    Notes:

    Since getting swept by the Giants in a three-game set June 10-12, the Dodgers have reeled off 10 wins in their past 15 games, including series wins over the Braves and Reds. LHP Julio Urias (6-6, 2.64) and RHP Tony Gonsolin (9-0, 1.58) have led the way at the top of the rotation while SS Trea Turner (130 OPS+) and 1B Freddie Freeman (142 OPS+) have paced the highest run-scoring offense in the NL.

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    Astros

    Houston Astros

    (48-27) +73
    Notes:

    While the Yankees and Mets get all the headlines, the defending AL champions continue to show they can play with anyone. The Astros went 4-0 against the Mets over the last two weeks and have taken three of five against the Yankees so far. They’re doing it with a starting rotation that continues to be criminally underappreciated, led by the ageless RHP Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.03), RHP Cristian Javier (5-3, 2.73), RHP Luis Garcia (6-5, 3.54) and LHP Framber Valdez (8-3, 2.65).

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    Mets

    New York Mets

    (47-29) +57
    Notes:

    The Mets took it on the chin in their greatest test to date, losing four games against the Astros over the last two weeks while being outscored 24-6. The good news is they have a prime chance to recover heading into the All-Star break: 14 of the Mets’ final 17 games before the break are against teams with losing records, including 10 straight starting tonight against the Rangers.

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    Padres

    San Diego Padres

    (46-32) +65
    Notes:

    Led by one of the best pitching staffs in baseball the Padres are just 2.5 games behind the first-place Dodgers despite franchise cornerstone SS Fernando Tatis Jr. still on the shelf with a broken wrist. LHP MacKenzie Gore (4-3, 3.34) has been one of the top rookies in the majors, while RHP Joe Musgrove (8-2, 2.25) is putting forth a CY Young-worthy campaign. 3B Manny Machado (172 OPS+) is also having perhaps the best season of his career.

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    Redsox

    Boston Red Sox

    (43-33) +60
    Notes:

    The Red Sox have surged into second place in the AL East with 12 wins in their last 16 games. One unsung hero of their season has been RHP Nick Pivetta. After coming up big in the postseason for the Red Sox last October, Pivetta has been one of baseball's best starters the last two months. Since May 1, he is 8-2, 2.12 in 12 starts, the seventh-best ERA in the majors in that time.

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    Bluejays

    Toronto Blue Jays

    (43-33) +31
    Notes:

    The Blue Jays are tied with the Red Sox for the No. 1 wild card spot thanks to a potent lineup led by 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (139 OPS+) and breakout performer C Alejandro Kirk (163 OPS+). RHP Alek Mahoah (9-2, 2.09) has been one of the most dominant starters in the game, while free agent signing RHP Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.93) is performing almost as well in his first year in Toronto.

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    Brewers

    Milwaukee Brewers

    (44-34) +21
    Notes:

    The Brewers are holding off the Cardinals by a game in the NL Central, and the good news is RHP Brandon Woodruff is returning to form. After posting a 5.97 ERA in his first six starts, Woodruff has rediscovered his ace-caliber stuff and is 3-1, 2.25 in his last four starts. His best start of the season was his last one, when he held the Rays to one run over five innings while notching 10 strikeouts.

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    Cardinals

    St. Louis Cardinals

    (43-35) +70
    Notes:

    No team has gotten greater contributions from rookies this year than the Cardinals. Among teams who have given rookies at least 350 plate appearances this year, the Cardinals have the highest batting average (.265), on-base percentage (.335) and slugging percentage (.428) from their first-year players. It’s been a group effort, with 2B/OF Brendan Donovan (.307, 843 OPS), 1B/OF Juan Yepez (.284, 9 HR) and 2B Nolan Gorman (.254, 6 HR) leading the way. They’ve also gotten contributions on the pitching side too, with RHP Andre Pallante (55.2 IP, 2.10 ERA) and LHPs Zack Thompson (3.10) and Matthew Liberatore (4.00 ERA) contributing.

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    Braves

    Atlanta Braves

    (43-33) +39
    Notes:

    The opportunistic Braves took advantage of a soft spot in their schedule, winning 14 straight against the D-backs, Rockies, A’s, Pirates and Nationals—all of whom are well below .500. Still, the wins count just the same and led to a 22-5 June that has lifted the Braves back into the NL East race. The emergence of rookie OF Michael Harris II (.347, .945 OPS in June) has electrified the Braves lineup in particular.

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    Rays

    Tampa Bay Rays

    (40-35) +12
    Notes:

    The Rays have dealt with a myriad of injuries to players like SS Wander Franco, OF Kevin Kiermaier, 2B Brandon Lowe and RHP Drew Rasmussen, but have managed to keep themselves in the thick of the wild card race thanks to the exploits of LHP Shane McClanahan (8-3, 1.77) and one of the best bullpens in the major leagues.

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    Twins

    Minnesota Twins

    (43-36) +44
    Notes:

    It was a rough week for the Twins, who blew leads in the eighth inning or later three days in a row to the Guardians and saw their lead in the AL Central shrink to just one game. The losses laid bare the Twins’ biggest area of need heading into the deadline. They have blown 15 saves, tied for fifth-most in the majors, and their relief corps have given up 44 home runs, second-most in the majors. RHP Emilio Pagan (5.26 ERA, 9-14 SVs) has been a disaster as the closer, and longtime relief stalwart RHP Tyler Duffey (4.64 ERA, 1-4 SVs) is having his worst season in years.

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    Giants

    San Francisco Giants

    (40-34) +40
    Notes:

    The Giants went 14-7 in April to end the month in first place in the NL West. Since then they are 26-27. They’ve lost seven of their last 10—including dropping a home series to the lowly Reds—and are now 40-34. The main culprit, surprisingly, has been their pitching staff. The Giants rank 18th in the majors in ERA and 21st in opponent average. LHP Carlos Rodon and RHP Logan Webb have done their jobs, but LHP Alex Wood (.280 opp BA) and RHP Alex Cobb (.288) have been concerningly hittable at the back of the rotation, as have LHP Jake McGee (.291), RHP Tyler Rogers (.277), LHP Jose Alvarez (.270) and Zack Littell (.270) in the bullpen.

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    Phillies

    Philadelphia Phillies

    (40-37) +40
    Notes:

    Just when it looked like the Phillies had turned it around, they lost reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper to a broken thumb and now find themselves without their best player for an extended period. Their 14-4 bashing of the Braves on Thursday was a promising start, with 1B Rhys Hoskins’ return to form (.820 OPS) this year a particularly promising development.

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    Guardians

    Cleveland Guardians

    (39-34) +14
    Notes:

    2B Andres Gimenez has been the unsung hero of the season for Cleveland. His walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday was just the latest high point of a season that has quietly been a breakthrough campaign for the 23-year-old second baseman. Gimenez is batting .308/.355/.502 on the year, the highest batting average and second-highest OPS of any qualified second baseman in the American League. 3B Jose Ramirez will certainly represent the Guardians in the All-Star Game, but Gimenez is having an all-star worthy season himself.

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    Rangers

    Texas Rangers

    (36-38) +13
    Notes:

    RHP Joe Barlow has quietly emerged as one of the more reliable closers in the American League despite not having the same high-octane stuff as his peers. The 26-year-old righthander posted a 1.55 ERA and 13 saves as a rookie last year and is back at it again this year. With a slider-heavy approach—he has thrown his slider more than twice as often as his fastball this season—Barlow owns a 2.84 ERA and has converted 13 of 15 save opportunities. All told, he has a 2.15 ERA and is 24 for 27 on saves in his young career.

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    Angels

    Los Angeles Angels

    (37-41) +4
    Notes:

    After winning AL MVP last year, RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani is gunning for the AL Cy Young Award this year. Ohtani has been dominant with only one run allowed in his last four starts, a stretch in which he’s recorded 36 strikeouts against just six walks in 26.2 innings. His ERA is now down to 2.68 and he ranks eighth in the majors with 101 strikeouts, all while batting .265 with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs in 75 games.

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    Mariners

    Seattle Mariners

    (37-41) +2
    Notes:

    Expected to contend for a playoff spot this year thanks to the offseason acquisitions of LHP Robbie Ray and OF Jesse Winker as well as the arrival of top prospect OF Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners sit 12.5 games back of the Astros for first place in the AL West and 4.5 games back of the last wild card spot. However, after a slow start to his first season, Rodriguez (131 OPS+) is firmly entrenched in the top spot in the AL Rookie of the Year race.

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    Whitesox

    Chicago White Sox

    (35-39) -48
    Notes:

    The White Sox have been hurt by injuries, substandard performance and questionable managerial decisions, but their defense continues to be their biggest problem. The White Sox are tied for the second-worst fielding percentage in MLB and advanced metrics aren’t much kinder—they rank 26th out of the 30 teams in outs above average, as measured by Statcast. Most concerning is that this was a known problem that wasn’t fixed. The White Sox had the third-lowest fielding percentage and ranked 24th in outs above average last year. OF Andrew Vaughn and 3B Jake Burger have been the biggest liabilities, while former Gold Glove winner A.J. Pollock has slowed with age and become a below-average defender, as well.

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    Orioles

    Baltimore Orioles

    (35-42) -26
    Notes:

    The long-awaited breakout of OF Austin Hays is finally happening. After rushing to the majors a year after being drafted, Hays struggled with injuries and inconsistency before finally beginning to put everything together last year. He’s taken another step forward this year and leads the O’s in extra-base hits (31), RBIs (45) and OPS (.811) while putting together a compelling case to represent Baltimore in the All-Star Game.

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    Marlins

    Miami Marlins

    (34-40) +5
    Notes:

    Perennially underrated DH Garrett Cooper is showing once again he should be a top trade deadline target for teams in need of offense. The 31-year-old is quietly batting .315/.381/.458 and ranks sixth in the National League batting title race, in between Bryce Harper and Trea Turner. Health has been Cooper’s main obstacle in his career, but when he’s on the field, there’s no denying his abilities as a hitter. Over the last four seasons, he’s hit .290/.363/.460.

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    Diamondbacks

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    (34-42) -51
    Notes:

    As the D-backs appear headed for their third straight losing season, they can at least take solace in the turnarounds of their starting pitchers under new pitching coach Brent Strom. The celebrated pitching coach has overseen huge improvements from LHP Madison Bumgarner (3.63 ERA), RHP Zac Gallen (3.32 ERA) and RHP Zach Davies (3.94 ERA), all of whom have cut their ERAs by nearly a run or more from a year ago. RHP Merrill Kelly (3.64) is also having the best season of his career with Strom at the helm of the staff.

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    Rockies

    Colorado Rockies

    (33-43) -67
    Notes:

    After being one of baseball’s most underrated starters for years, RHP German Marquez’s 2022 campaign has been a disaster. He’s decreased his four-seam fastball usage by about 14% and has largely thrown his sinker in its stead, to horrendous effect. Both pitches are playing worse than a year ago—batters are hitting at least .300 against both pitches and his whiff rate on both has decreased by more than 5%—and the surface-level results are following. Marquez’s 5.89 ERA is the worst of his career by far, he’s on pace to give up a career-high in home runs and his 90.4 mph average exit velocity against is nearly two mph higher than a year ago.

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    Cubs

    Chicago Cubs

    (30-46) -66
    Notes:

    As the Cubs search for potential long-term keepers at the bottom of their rebuild, OF Christopher Morel has emerged as a player to get excited about. Long considered one of the best athletes in the Cubs system, Morel improved his plate discipline dramatically this year and soared from Double-A to the majors, where he’s batting .283 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and an .836 OPS in 40 games while emerging as the Cubs primary center fielder. His OPS is now third-highest among all major league rookies.

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    Pirates

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    (31-45) -100
    Notes:

    The Pirates have to hit on their trades to return to respectability, and the early reviews on most of GM Ben Cherington’s deals have been positive. RHP Roansy Contreras (Yankees) has cruised to a 2.76 ERA this year, RHP David Bednar (Padres) has emerged as a standout closer and OFs Jack Suwinski and Tucupita Marcano (Padres) have provided value. The club still got fleeced in the 1B Josh Bell trade with the Nationals, but RHP Wil Crowe has at least provided some solid production in relief.

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