MLB Power Rankings 10-6
April 1, 2022
As we get ready to head into the 2022 MLB season, there have been some notable changes as a new team stands out from the rest. The lockout has stopped all trades and signings from occurring, but since the agreement between the MLBPA and the MLB just days ago, there have been some blockbuster deals. This is part one of my list for the top 10 best teams heading into the season.
Number 10, Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox were a great team last year, but it’s doubtful they will meet the same standards this year. Their roof is probably making it to the Division Series, and they have a great lineup featuring Kyle Schwarber, Rafael Devers, and J.D. Martinez. All of these players are great hitters and I can see them all having great seasons in 2022. Their pitching lacks a little, but their hitting should be able to make up for it.
Number 9, San Francisco Giants. This lineup amazed everyone last season, with 107 wins and 1st place in the NL West. This season surpassed the old franchise record and made history with Head Coach, Gabe Kapler. Everyone on this team contributed in one way or another to their success. Kevin Gausman and Logan Webb managed to both secure sub 3 ERAs and lead the rotation to 1st seed. Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Brandon Belt supposedly drank from the fountain of youth to have career seasons. Young stars such as Darin Ruf and LaMonte Wade Jr. contributed greatly to the Giants’ success. However, with the loss of Gausman, Bryant, and Posey, the Giants will most likely not do as well as they did last year. Everything considered, I think the Giants will make it, at most, to the Divisional round.
Number 8, the Milwaukee Brewers. This Brewers team has an absolutely loaded pitching rotation. The rotation features last year’s Cy Young winner, Corbin Burnes, and two other studs in Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta. Not to mention their great bullpen featuring Josh Hader and Devin Williams. The only reason they’re at 8 is because of their hitting. The Brewers hit fairly well but I think they will make it to the Championship Series if they perform to the best of their abilities.
Number 7, the Philadelphia Phillies. This Phillies team is super underrated and this is sort of my dark horse pick at the seven spot. Their big standout player is the reigning MVP, Bryce Harper. This man put together one hell of a season last year and I think he will achieve similar stats this year. They have one of the best catchers in all of baseball, J.T. Realmuto, and with the addition of Nick Castellanos, their lineup will be very efficient. Their pitching lacks a little depth wise, but if Zack Wheeler has another great year and the rest of the rotation follows, I think this team will become one of the biggest underdogs this season.
Number 6, the New York Mets. This Mets team was a complete letdown in 2021. They were projected to make the playoffs at the beginning of the season with their newly signed shortstop, Francisco Lindor, who had just come off a couple of fantastic years in Cleveland, but seemed to struggle in the big apple. Javy Baez also contributed little to none to this loaded Mets offense which was supposed to surround their young star and home run derby champion, Pete Alonso. Alonso struggled and he isn’t the same hitter he was a couple of years ago. Although their hitting lacks, their pitching staff will most definitely make up for it and that’s why they’re at 6. Scherzer and Degrom are the number one duo in the league and for good reason. These Cy Young winners will lead this Mets team to success.