The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and New York Mets continue to dominate over a month into the MLB season. However, some new faces have emerged in the last couple of weeks.

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A red-hot Los Angeles Angels squad has won six of its last seven games, outscoring opponents 52-19, and the San Diego Padres are thriving despite being without their young star. How do they compare to some of the best teams in the game?

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Our expert panel has combined to rank every team in baseball based on a combination of what we’ve seen so far and what we already knew going into the 162-game marathon that is a full baseball season. We also asked Sportzshala MLB experts David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle, Joon Lee, Jesse Rogers and Alden Gonzalez to weigh in with an early observation for all 30 teams.

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Week 4 | Preseason rankings

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

record: 20-9

Previous ranking: 2

The Dodgers have dominated through the first five weeks without necessarily clicking on all cylinders. Now, with the weather warming and offense inevitably picking back up, they might be getting there. Max Muncy, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman have been particularly hot of late, boosting an offense striving to match the dominance of the Dodgers’ starting rotation. However, the Dodgers did experience a major setback recently, with Blake Treinen nursing a shoulder injury that will keep him out beyond the All-Star break. He’s their most important reliever, even if he isn’t their closer. — Gonzalez


2. New York Yankees

record: 22-8

Previous ranking: one

The Yankees keep rolling as every part of the team clicks in the early part of the season, with strong offensive performances up and down the lineup and a pitching staff that has seen the emergence of Nestor Cortes, who’s been the team’s best pitcher through six starts this season, leading the position group with a 1.2 WAR on top of a 1.41 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Between Michael King, Clay Holmes and Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees relief corps has also been among the best in baseball. — Lee


3. New York Mets

record: 21-11

Previous ranking: 3

The Mets pulled off one of the all-time great comebacks last Thursday against the Phillies, trailing 7-1 in the top of the ninth before rallying for seven runs and an 8-7 victory. MLB teams had lost 857 consecutive games when trailing by six or more runs in the ninth inning and it was the first time the Mets rallied to win when down six in the ninth since Sept. 13, 1997 against the Expos. Max Scherzer’s loss to the Phillies on Mother’s Day snapped a string of 24 regular-season starts in a row without a loss. He went 15-0 with a 2.55 ERA over that stretch. — Schoenfield


4Milwaukee Brewers

record: 20-12

Previous ranking: 5

There are some tiny, early cracks in the vaunted Brewers starting staff as Brandon Woodruff hasn’t gotten going yet. He got lit up on Monday against lowly Cincinnati. But what they miss here or there in pitching, Rowdy Tellez has made up for at the plate. He won player of the week behind a 13-RBI effort over the course of just six games. His OPS was over 1,000 during that time frame, as he has found a home at first base in Milwaukee. — Rogers


5. Los Angeles Angels

record: 21-12

Previous ranking: eight

Reid Detmers, a first-round draft pick less than two years ago, twirled a no-hitter against the Rays on Tuesday night and lowered his ERA to 3.77 ERA through six starts. Patrick Sandoval (2.03 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (2.45 ERA) have been even better. The offense leads the major leagues in home runs, the bullpen employs a handful of reliable high-leverage relievers, and it seems as if Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani finally might — might — have enough help to get into October. We can say this much, at least: The Angels are a lot of fun right now. — Gonzalez


6. Houston Astros

record: 19-11

Previous ranking: 12

The red-hot Astros caught fire behind a pitching staff that has been all but impenetrable of late. Houston began an eight-game winning spree on May 2. Through Tuesday, they had allowed eight runs during that streak and posted a collective 0.88 ERA. It’s not been just the rotation nor just the bullpen — everyone is dealing in Houston. As good as the pitching has been, don’t overlook the defense. Houston climbed to the top of the defensive runs saved leaderboard during the streak and among players, rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena has ranked near the top all season. — Doolittle


7 San Diego Padres

record: 20-12

Previous ranking: 7

If the Padres’ offense had any chance of sustaining itself without Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado needed to play at an MVP level. And that’s exactly what he has done. Machado leads the majors in FanGraphs wins above replacement through the first five weeks, while batting .383/.460/.625 and playing his typically excellent defense at third base. Eric Hosmer, meanwhile, boasts a .367/.434/.550 slash line behind him, supplying the Padres with just enough offense to support their deep starting rotation. — Gonzalez


8. San Francisco Giants

record: 19-12

Previous ranking: 4

Carlos Rodon didn’t sign until after the lockout and was obtained on a two-year, $44 million contract that will allow him to opt out early if he accumulates 110 innings in Year 1. It looks like one of the best bargains in the sport . Rodon fashions a 1.80 ERA through his first six starts, striking out 53 batters in 35 innings. With the Giants, the 29-year-old left-hander has abandoned his changeup, is relying more heavily on his fastball-slider combination and is getting great results on his curveball, which has limited opponents to a .110 expected batting average. — Gonzalez


9 Toronto Blue Jays

record: 17-15

Previous ranking: 6

The Blue Jays dropped five of seven games before losing both games in their series with the New York Yankees. Despite offensive struggles from Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman, Lourdes Gurriel and Alejandro Kirk, the team remains competitive with the Yankees and the Rays atop the American League East. Alek Manoah ranks among the best starting pitchers in the game out of the gate with a 1.3 WAR. — Lee


10 Tampa Bay Rays

record: 19-13

Previous ranking: nine

The Rays may have gotten no-hit by Reid Detmers, but the team has looked strong the past few weeks against the Mariners and the Athletics. Outfielder Manuel Margot claimed American League Player of the Week honors for the first week of May after going 12-for-24 with three homers, two doubles and a triple and has been the team’s strongest player — aside from Wander Franco — in the early part of the season. — Lee


11. Minnesota Twins

record: 18-12

Previous ranking: eleven

After a slow start, the Twins started winning and vaulted into first place in the AL Central. But just as Minnesota seemed poised to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the division, the White Sox got hot and the injury bug came for the Twins, with Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa and Chris Paddack among those suffering various maladies. The timing for such things is never ideal, but this is a soft spot in the Twins’ schedule. After a three-game home set over the weekend against a Guardians team suddenly dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, Minnesota will begin a stretch of 18 straight games against struggling teams: Oakland, Detroit and Kansas City. — Doolittle


12.St. Louis Cardinals

record: 17-13

Previous ranking: ten

Like their season so far, the Cardinals had mixed results the past week. There were three straight wins, outscoring their opponent, 20-3. But that was followed by three consecutive losses, with their run differential at minus-nine. It’s kind of been the story of their season so far. Back and forth without real consistency. Still, they’re right in the middle of the NL central race. And while Nolan Arenado has cooled off a little, others have gotten hot starting with Venezuelan rookie Juan Yepez. Dylan Carlson, Yadier Molina and Tyler O’Neill all had good weeks at the plate. — Rogers


13. Atlanta Braves

record: 15-17

Previous ranking: thirteen

Ronald Acuna Jr. returned earlier than expected from his ACL surgery and he’s looked good (other than a high strikeout rate). Brian Snitker has alternated him between right field and DH, but the surprising thing is Acuna has been stealing bases — 5-for-5 so far in his first 10 games, after stealing 17 in 82 games in 2021. Worth noting: His top sprint speed via Statcast is just in the 68th percentile, where he’s always been in the high 90s in the past, including the 97th percentile last season. — Schoenfield


14. Chicago White Sox

record: 14-14

Previous ranking: 17

Talk about a topsy-turvy ballclub. We’ve barely played a month’s worth of games and the White Sox have already had a 6-1 stretch that was followed by a 1-10 slump, in which Chicago was generally pulverized. It then recovered with a six-game winning streak, with five of the victories coming on the road. Add it all up and the White Sox have reset what threatened to become a bummer of a season and the news is getting better. Yoan Moncada is back in the lineup, Eloy Jimenez is recovering quicker than anticipated, Tim Anderson’s suspension was reduced to a fine on appeal and Lance Lynn should be back in the rotation early next month. The good times may yet roll this summer on the South Side. — Doolittle


15. Cleveland Guardians

record: 15-15

Previous ranking: 20

As Terry Francona continues to move around what has become a plethora of young breakout hitters in an effort to keep everyone engaged, Josh Naylor is gradually becoming entrenched at first base. Naylor has been one of the AL’s most-improved hitters during the season’s opening weeks. While his .345 BABIP might not be entirely sustainable, it’s at least undergirded by increases in line drive rate and hard hit percentage. Naylor still isn’t getting a ton of run against left-handed pitchers, but his .876 OPS against southpaws suggests that might change. Either way, Naylor’s improvement has been a godsend for Francona, given the ongoing struggle of basher Franmil Reyes. — Doolittle


16 Philadelphia Phillies

record: 14-17

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