Dodgers Struggle with Injuries, Drop in MLB Power Rankings


| LAST UPDATE 06/15/2023

By Bernadette Forster
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The MLB Power Rankings are in and there's been a shakeup in the top 5! The Tampa Bay Rays still reign supreme at number one, but the Baltimore Orioles are hot on their heels, moving up to claim the fifth spot. Led by American League Player of the Week Gunnar Henderson, the Orioles have joined four other AL East teams in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers hold their ground at number two, missing out on a chance to overtake the Rays after losing two of three games against them last weekend. The Houston Astros have dropped out of the top five and suffered a major blow with slugger Yordan Alvarez landing on the injured list. Over in the National League, the Atlanta Braves continue to hold strong at number three while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks each move up a spot to claim the fourth and seventh spots, respectively. Our expert panel has carefully ranked every team in baseball based on what we've seen so far this season as well as what we already knew going into the grueling 162-game marathon that is a full baseball season. We also asked ESPN MLB experts David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle, Jesse Rogers, Alden Gonzalez, and Joon Lee to weigh in with an observation for all 30 teams.

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Tyler Glasnow's return to the Rays' rotation has provided a significant boost, allowing the team to maintain their dominant position at the top of the rankings. Meanwhile, the Rangers' offense, led by Corey Seager, remains deep and formidable despite a less-than-stellar week. The Braves suffered a setback with a seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday, but they bounced back with a thrilling win against the Mets, thanks to Ozzie Albies' three-run walk-off home run. The Dodgers, however, are facing bigger challenges with the health of their starting rotation a growing concern.

But all eyes are on the Orioles, who continue to flourish and have experts fearing the birds. Rookie Gunnar Henderson has found his stroke with 13 hits and four homers in the past week, and with outfielder Cedric Mullins working his way back from injury, the Orioles' offense could become even more dangerous. Stay tuned for next week's MLB Power Rankings to see how the teams stack up as the season heats up!

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