With Opening Day around the corner, outlets everywhere are coming out with their first MLB power rankings of the season. Yesterday, ESPN released theirs, which had the Braves coming in at #3, behind the Dodgers and Blue Jays. Sure, I think the Braves should be higher coming off a World Series, but I’m biased and can understand why someone might favor the Dodgers or the Blue Jays. What I can’t understand is MLB.com’s power rankings.
The final Power Rankings before #OpeningDay.
— MLB (@MLB) April 4, 2022
The defending champions at #8? Is this a joke? Now, I could write a 10-page essay on how ridiculous this is, but I would rather call a spade a spade. This is nothing but clickbait garbage. They are begging for attention without any regard for being right.
During the Braves World Series run last season, they beat the #4, #1, and #7 teams on this list. Not only did they beat them, they never even faced elimination in any of those series, and they won without their best player. There is absolutely no doubt the Braves are a significantly better team this year than the one that took home the trophy last season. I don’t think you can say that about the Astros, Dodgers, or Brewers. In fact, you could argue they all got worse this offseason.
I could go even further and attempt to pick the tiny little brains of the people who made this list, but it’s pretty simple. They are slighting the Braves because of their record last season without taking into account all of the injuries they suffered or how they finished the season. It just shows how little these guys pay attention to teams that aren’t their own, which is sad considering they work for MLB.com.
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