New York Mets underrated in MLB latest power rankings

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Yoenis Cespedes (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 08: Yoenis Cespedes (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

After historic start, the New York Mets barely crack the top ten in the MLB power rankings.

The New York Mets typically are treated like second-class citizens in this town. The Yankees have always been held in higher regard. Be it because of the history or the current season being played, the Yankees seem to be taken more seriously. Fans are typically used to it after all of these years.

As of the latest MLB power rankings, that second-class treatment extends to the league website. Granted, the post was created when the team was 8-1 rather than 9-1, but it still is clearly a fair point. Take a look. The Mets did crack the top ten, but at number ten. At the time of the post the record was 8-1, tied with the Boston Red Sox whom they ranked number two overall.

The Nationals just came off of being swept by the Mets, yet they are ranked number three? How are they, at the moment, better than the team that swept them for the first time in a long time? It doesn’t make any sense. If the power rankings are going to be updated throughout the season, they need to reflect the production of the teams to that point, not how they are predicted to finish the season.

As of the writing of this set of rankings, the Yankees were 5-5, but ranked at number five? Doesn’t 8-1 count as a better record than 5-5? No disrespect is meant to our Yankee fans that read this blog, but the Mets have the better record for the time being. It really isn’t an accurate look at the league at the present time to have the Mets that far behind the New York Yankees.

Could it end up that way? Sure, but it’s not that way at the moment.

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Truth be told, the Mets would likely rather remain as the underrated underdogs. They would probably not like to be favored and have a target on their backs. But that doesn’t mean that the MLB shouldn’t do their rankings accurately and support the Mets and their start.