Braves Being Disrespected by ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Max Staley
The Atlanta Braves are being disrespected in this ESPN power ranking.
The Atlanta Braves are being disrespected in this ESPN power ranking. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves are legitimate World Series contenders. But you wouldn't know that from their spot in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

In fact, Atlanta's ranking on this list is so low it can only be described as disrespectful.

Atlanta is currently averaging more runs per game (5.94) than any other club in the majors. To be fair, the team's incredible 29-run outburst last week has a lot to do with that. But the Braves are still significantly ahead of the second-place San Diego Padres (5.69) in that category.

The Braves' rotation isn't quite as dominant as many had hoped, thanks in large part to Mike Soroka's Achilles injury, but that unit has been better than people think. While the team's collective 4.56 ERA is below the league average (No. 16 in MLB), Atlanta's ERA+ (108) is tied for the 12th-best mark in baseball and their fielding-independent pitching (FIP) is good for No. 13 overall. Both are above the league average.

With the MLB's best lineup and a staff that's definitely good enough to get by, Atlanta should be much higher in ESPN's power rankings.

The Braves also have the eighth-best odds (+1400) to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook, but they're right behind the fourth-place Oakland Athletics (+1200).

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