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Cardinals Rising in Latest MLB.com Power Rankings (April 18)

Devon Platana
The St. Louis Cardinals have risen in the latest MLB.com power rakings.
The St. Louis Cardinals have risen in the latest MLB.com power rakings. / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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We're nearly two full weeks into the 2022 MLB season and the St. Louis Cardinals are the current NL Central leaders with a 5-3 record. Anything can happen as the season continues, but it's clear that Cardinals fans are basking in this promising start.

The St. Louis fanbase will be even more pumped once they see their club's spot on the latest MLB.com power rankings. After debuting at No. 13 in the Week 1 rankings, the Cardinals have since jumped up to the 10th spot.

St. Louis Cardinals Power Ranking

Although they still have work to do before they're closer to the upper echelon on the list, another positive is the fact that the Cardinals are the highest-ranked NL Central team, with the Milwaukee Brewers being the next closest at No. 12.

Third baseman Nolan Arenado has looked like an NL MVP candidate to open the campaign. While his 2021 season was decent by his standards, Arenado already leads the National League in runs (nine), doubles (five), total bases (30) and batting average (.433).

The returning Albert Pujols has also been a bright spot as the Cardinals' designated hitter, hitting a pair of home runs while slashing .333/.412/.733 in 15 at-bats.

Lastly, St. Louis' bullpen has also been a huge part of the team's success. The Cardinals relievers have a 2.14 ERA (No. 3) while holding the opposition to a .192 batting average (No. 5).

Although the Cardinals may have surprised some with their start, their World Series odds have taken a hit. They were +3000 on FanDuel Sportsbook to begin the 2022 MLB season, however, they've since shifted to +3500 (No. 15).

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