Entering the 2022 MLB season following their World Series victory, things haven't gone the way that the Atlanta Braves had planned. There are still over 150 regular-season games left to be played, but a 5-6 record to being the new season has left the Atlanta faithful wanting more.
The latest MLB.com power rankings won't make Braves fans feel any better about the situation. Despite only being one game under .500 as of Monday, Atlanta comes in at the No. 11 spot on the list.
Atlanta Braves Power Rankings
There's no other way to put it: the Braves' ranking is absolutely disrespectful. Things get even worse considering how the rival New York Mets' 7-3 start moved them from No. 12 to 5, whereas Atlanta's start caused the club to fall to its current placement from No. 8.
The Braves' underwhelming start could be attributed to their starting pitchers, who've combined for a 5.37 ERA — seventh-worst in the MLB. The trio of Max Fried (0-2, 5.73 ERA), Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.10 ERA) and Ian Anderson (1-1, 6.48 ERA) have played below expectations and must return to form if they don't want to dig their team into a deeper hole.
Fortunately, there have been bright spots worth celebrating as well. Both Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna are on pace for 50-plus home runs this year. Matt Olson has also done well as Freddie Freeman's first base replacement, slashing .421/.551/.684 for 16 hits (six are extra-base).
The hope is that brighter times are around the corner for the Braves. Even if they've started slowly, they're still in a four-way tie for the fourth-best 2022 World Series odds (+1200), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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