Welcome to the 2022 season. Our Power Rankings show that the West is where all the power lies and New York rules the East.
The Say It Again baseball crew is back to provide you our weekly Power Rankings. With all the newness in baseball this year, we figured we’d provide a new day to reveal our rankings. Despite all the newness abounding so far in the 2022 season, there are a few teams that remain in the top 10 from the 2021 season. Sure, the Los Angeles Dodgers are living up to expectations, but it is their division rivals that have provided a top 10 log jam out west. As can be expected, the eastern seaboard is represented well with two New York teams proving the east divisions run through the Big Apple. So here we go, new season, new release day and new rankings.
The phenomenon of having a winning record while unable to have a positive run differential continues. This year, the Brewers are taking this fad to new levels. They are the only team in the NL Central with 10 wins and are in a virtual tie for 1st. That’s about where the good news stops. Take your pick when looking at the stats and you’re certain to find bad news.
They can’t hit the ball, can barely scratch runs across the plate, and their bullpen has half their wins despite blowing 4 saves already this year. Their .201 BA is 3rd worst in the majors. The failure at the plate is highlighted by 2-time batting champion and 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner Christian Yelich with a .192 BA and .302 OBP. Thankfully, despite their bullpen getting more decisions than one would like, their pitching is keeping the team from being a complete train wreck. Hopefully they won’t have to rely on only pitching to win them games the whole season.
The first team representing the Pacific time zone is the only team in baseball with a winning record and still in 4th place in their division. The Padres are paced by Manny Machado at the plate and Joe Musgrove on the mound. Yes, Yu Darvish had a great first outing, but his second start saw him come back to earth. The deal to bring Sean Manaea to SoCal is paying off as he has pitched his way to a 2-2 record and an ERA of 3.47 and 3 quality starts. Eric Hosmer is joining Machado as the team hitting machines, but they are the only two lineup regulars hitting above .230. In order for the Padres to maintain pace with the offensive juggernauts in the NL West, their bats need to wake up and/or a quick and impactful return of Fernando Tatis Jr. needs to occur.