Almost every team in baseball has made their way to the quarter mark of the 2022 baseball season, which means we’re starting to see some narratives that are becoming a reality. Will the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers be able to keep up their hot pace for an entire season? Will the struggling Atlanta Braves manage to put it back together? Can the Orioles, boosted by the newly called-up Adley Rutschman, find a groove and creep their way out of the basement?
There’s a lot of baseball left to be played, but here’s where we stand after 40 or so games and now is a good time to learn more about MLB betting odds and use these rankings as a tool.
Below are the top five.
1. New York Yankees
The Yankees got hit with a wave of setbacks over the last week. Reliever Chad Green will require Tommy John surgery and is out for the season. Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka, already struggling this season, were sent to the COVID-19 IL prior to last weekend’s doubleheader against the White Sox. And Aroldis Chapman has had his fair share of struggles. And yet, here they are in our No. 1 spot, leading the AL East by five games, with a .707 winning percentage on the books.
This seems to be their first big test of adversity this season after a hot start. Winning at this rate while firing on all cylinders is one thing. Sustaining success through injuries and illness will be another.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Starting with last Sunday’s wild comeback win all the way to Saturday, the Dodgers had found themselves with a deficit in six of those seven games. They’d won all seven. And on Sunday, they never trailed — until Max Muncy booted a ground ball in extra innings and allowed the tying and winning runs to score in a 4-3 loss.
The Dodgers’ talent level is still shining through. Freddie Freeman has been precisely the type of hitter the Dodgers imagined he’d be, and now he’s spreading his gospel to his new teammates. He, Mookie Betts and Trea Turner have formed quite the formidable trio — which will get even more lethal the more "dangerous" Turner feels in the batter’s box.
3. New York Mets
Max Scherzer knows his body well. So when you see him making a slashing motion to his throat to signal to the Mets dugout, as he did on Wednesday, it is cause for concern. The Mets’ worries were validated hours later.
He will miss some time. Jacob deGrom is already missing time. So is the man who replaced him in the Opening Day rotation, Tylor Megill. As is their Opening Day catcher, James McCann.
Yet the Mets are not collapsing under their seemingly annual Metsiness. They’re thriving. Pete Alonso is sending lasers to the moon. Their hefty budget has paid off in their depth, allowing them to absorb significant blows and still sit comfortably in first place.
4. Houston Astros
The Astros lost a series to the Red Sox last week, but things are still rosy in Houston. In the second game of the series in Boston. the Astros tied an MLB record with five home runs in an inning, all off starter Nathan Eovaldi, culminating in a 13-4 win. Plus, they were probably due for a series loss since they didn’t lose a game for nearly two weeks.
5. Milwaukee Brewers
This Brewers-Padres trade from 2019 is so fascinating:
Traded Zach Davies and Trent Grisham to the San Diego Padres. Received Eric Lauer, Luis Urías and player to be named.
Initially, this looked like a whopper for San Diego. Davies was quite good in 2020 and San Diego parlayed that into him being part of the Yu Darvish trade. Trent Grisham has been a stellar big leaguer, this year’s early struggles notwithstanding.
But Urías might be MLB’s next big star from Mexico (with some mentorship from Willy Adames). And Eric Lauer is downright shoving for a Brewers starting rotation that already has three former All-Stars (including reigning Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes).
It’s a great challenge trade for two of the best teams in the National League this year.