The Los Angeles Dodgers (33-14) have won 13 of 15 games to build a three-game lead in the National League West and overtake the New York Yankees (33-15) for the top spot in this week’s MLB power rankings.
They host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series to start the week, but play four against the NL-East leading New York Mets this weekend. That kicks off a stretch against contenders in the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels.
Mookie Betts has been on fire in May, batting .340 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 26 games. Right-hander Tony Gonsolin is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in a start this year.
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The Mets moved up a spot to No. 3 with the San Diego Padres fourth and Houston Astros fifth.
Here’s how our seven-person panel voted this week:
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (+1)
- Trea Turner’s 39 RBI through Sunday ranked fourth in baseball.
2. New York Yankees (-1)
- Team concludes 23 games in 22 days with a 15-8 record.
3. New York Mets (+1)
- Tough stretch starts this weekend with four-game set vs. Dodgers.
4. San Diego Padres (+2)
- Offseason addition Robert Suarez has been great: 1.93 ERA, 26 strikeouts in last 17 games.
5. Houston Astros (-2)
- Rafael Montero had only surrendered one earned run in 21 games.
6. Milwaukee Brewers (-1)
- Corbin Burnes has a better ERA (1.95) and WHIP (0.82) than in last year’s Cy Young season.
7. Tampa Bay Rays (–)
- Drew Rasmussen a big boost to the rotation: 2.68 ERA, 41 K in nine starts.
8. Minnesota Twins (+1)
- Carlos Correa hit .366 in his first 10 games back from the injured list.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (+2)
- Paul Goldschmidt hitting streak reaches 20 games through Sunday.
10. Toronto Blue Jays (+2)
- Top catching prospect Gabriel Moreno knocking on the door, hitting .331 with Class AAA Buffalo.
11. Los Angeles Angels (-3)
- Shohei Ohtani’s (pitching) K/9 and K/BB ratios are up from last season.
12. San Francisco Giants (-2)
- Joc Pederson had four homers and 13 RBI in six games last week.
13. Atlanta Braves (+1)
- Matt Olson’s 20 doubles were the most in baseball through Sunday.
14. Boston Red Sox (+4)
- Red Sox could get above the .500 mark with games vs. Orioles, Reds and Athletics.
15. Chicago White Sox (-2)
- Next three series are against Blue Jays, Rays and Dodgers.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks (-1)
- Daulton Varsho has a .916 OPS in his last 24 games.
17. Texas Rangers (+5)
- Marcus Semien’s first home run as a Ranger came in his 44th game.
18. Philadelphia Phillies (-2)
- Aaron Nola’s 74 strikeouts through 10 starts were the fourth-most in baseball.
19. Cleveland Guardians (-2)
- Cleveland has lost seven of 10 heading into Monday.
20. Miami Marlins (–)
- Jorge Soler’s last nine games: 5 HR, 10 RBI, 1.200 OPS.
21. Colorado Rockies (-2)
- Shortstop Jose Iglesias is hitting .471 (16-for-34) with runners in scoring position.
22. Seattle Mariners (-1)
- Julio Rodriguez watch: .313 average, 6 HR, 16 RBI in 27 May games.
23. Chicago Cubs (+3)
- Marcus Stroman had a 1.50 ERA in his first four May starts.
24. Baltimore Orioles (+1)
- Bruce Zimmermann induced 12 double plays in his first 10 starts.
25. Pittsburgh Pirates (-1)
26. Oakland Athletics (-3)
- Seth Brown is tied for the team lead in homers (five) and steals (four).
27. Detroit Tigers (+1)
- 2B Jonathan Schoop’s nine outs above average led all defenders in baseball.
28. Washington Nationals (+1)
- Stephen Strasburg (thoracic outlet surgery) pitched five scoreless innings in his second rehab appearance for Class A Fredericksburg.
29. Cincinnati Reds (+1)
- Tyler Stephenson’s 24 RBI are the most of any catcher.
30. Kansas City Royals (-3)
- Bobby Witt Jr. leads the team with 24 RBI through Sunday.