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MLB power rankings: Dodgers can't shake Padres in NL West race, but Giants falling behind

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The Los Angeles Dodgers (27-13) have a half-game lead over the San Diego Padres (27-14) in the National League West entering Monday, while the reigning champion San Francisco Giants (22-18) have lost six of eight to fall back into third place.

After getting swept at home against the Padres over the weekend, the Giants host the NL East-leading New York Mets for three games starting Monday night. Those Padres have won six of seven and begin the week with a series against the Milwaukee Brewers, who have a three-game lead in the NL Central.

San Francisco only plays the Dodgers and Padres three more times each before the All-Star break.

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In this week's USA TODAY Sports MLB power rankings, the top six stayed the same – with the New York Yankees at No. 1 – while the Tampa Bay Rays jumped two spots to No. 7.

Here's how our eight-person panel voted this week: 

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts rounds first base on an RBI double against the Phillies on Saturday.
Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts rounds first base on an RBI double against the Phillies on Saturday.

Rank (movement from last week)

1. New York Yankees (–)

  • Nestor Cortes didn't give up three runs in a start until his eighth of the season.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

  • Mookie Betts, who still hasn't turned 30(!), had 7 HR and 18 RBI through 19 games in May.

3. Houston Astros (–)

  • After rough April, Jose Altuve batting .343 with 8 HR in 18 May games.

4. New York Mets (–)

5. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

6. San Diego Padres (–)

  • MacKenzie Gore for NL Rookie of the Year?: Lefty has a 2.06 ERA in 35 innings.

7. Tampa Bay Rays (+2)

  • 15-game winning streak vs. Orioles comes to an end, losing 2 of 3 in Baltimore.

8. Los Angeles Angels (-1)

  • Angels pitchers holding opponents to a .213 average through 43 games, best in the AL.

9. Minnesota Twins (+1)

  • Bailey Ober comes off the injured list with a strong outing in Kansas City.

10. San Francisco Giants (-2)

  • Catcher Joey Bart (.162 average in 74 AB) may may have lost his grasp on the starting job.

11. St. Louis Cardinals (–)

  • Cardinals have an MLB-best 36 steals, getting caught only four times through Sunday.

12. Toronto Blue Jays (–)

  • Tough week ahead with two at Cardinals, four at Angels.

13. Chicago White Sox (–)

  • Johnny Cueto's first two starts: 12 IP, 0.00 ERA,12 strikeouts.

14. Atlanta Braves (+1)

  • William Contreras hit six home runs in his first 10 games of 2022.

15. Arizona Diamondbacks (+2)

  • Another four-game set coming up vs. Dodgers, having lost all four last week.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (–)

  • Eight games back through Sunday, Phillies host the Giants and Angels this week.

17. Cleveland Guardians (-3)

  • Steven Kwan's 1.7 walk-to-strikeout ratio is the best in the majors.

18. Boston Red Sox (+3)

  • Trevor Story hit five homers with 13 RBI in seven games last week.

19. Colorado Rockies (–)

  • Catcher Brian Serven's first two MLB hits were home runs.

20. Miami Marlins (–)

  • Jorge Soler has 4 HR, 9 RBI and a .975 OPS in his last 10 games.

21. Seattle Mariners (-3)

  • Rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez hitting .325 in 21 May games.

22. Texas Rangers (+3)

  • Marcus Semien still hadn't hit a home run through 39 games.

23. Oakland Athletics 

  • Dany Jimenez has a 0.55 ERA in 16 games, converting all eight save chances.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

  • Zach Thompson has given up one earned run in 16 innings across his last three starts.

25. Baltimore Orioles (-3)

  • The No. 1 overall pick in 2019, catcher Adley Rutschmann makes his big-league debut.

26. Chicago Cubs (–)

  • Cubs play nine games in seven days this week vs. Brewers, Cardinals.

27. Kansas City Royals (–)

  • Zack Greinke enjoying a nice return with 3.48 ERA through eight starts.

28. Detroit Tigers (+1)

  • Tarik Skubal has a 1.55 ERA with 47 strikeouts in his last seven starts.

29. Washington Nationals (-1)

  • Yadiel Hernandez is hitting .321 with 20 RBI in 31 games.

30. Cincinnati Reds (–)

  • Alexis Diaz, brother of Mets closer Edwin, has a 0.92 ERA in 18 games.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Dodgers, Padres lead NL West, Giants fall behind