MLB Power Rankings: New York Mets Surging To The Top

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Apr 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Atlanta Braves third baseman

Chris Johnson

(23) celebrates the win with right fielder

Nick Markakis

(22) at the end of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Atlanta Braves won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

7. San Diego Padres (8-4) Another four-win week for the Padres, who are looking every bit as good on the field as they looked on paper through two weeks. Justin Upton has a hit in every game but one, and Matt Kemp is hitting .340. They finally have an offense to go with the underappreciated, strong pitching staff they have. Only one starter, Tyson Ross, has an ERA over 2.85 right now as the Padres are rolling. It will be interesting to see if they can continue that in their first visit to the Rockies and Coors Field this season.

6. Atlanta Braves (8-4) Another week into the season, another week the Braves surprise some people with their performance. They lost the series to the Marlins to start the week, but came back and won two out of three from the high-scoring Blue Jays. Jason Grilli continues to be strong at the end of games, leading MLB in saves with six, tied with New York Mets’ Jeurys Familia. Nick Markakis has hit outstanding at the top of the lineup as well, as this Braves team has yet to fall to the level of play so many people expected from them.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3) One of two teams this week to go undefeated, the Dodgers are on a roll. They were lucky to not lose the first two games against the Mariners, but they have to take advantage of the opportunities placed in front of them and they did. Slowing down the bats of the Rockies is never an easy task, yet the Dodgers managed to do it for three games. Joel Peralta and Pedro Baez has been outstanding at the end of games, an area of concern for some people entering the season.

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