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Phillies Make Huge Leap in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Phillies have made a huge leap in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
The Philadelphia Phillies have made a huge leap in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the more surprising stories of the 2021 MLB season. A lot of fans and experts pegged the New York Mets or Atlanta Braves to win the NL East before the campaign began. Fast forward and now the Phillies lead the division at 17-15 and are the only NL East team to have a winning record.

However, that doesn't mean that the Phillies are getting the respect that they deserve. They were No. 26 on ESPN's MLB power rankings last week and, despite winning four of their last six games, are No. 17 this week. You can call it what you want, but most Phillies fans would describe the latest power rankings as one word: disrespectful.

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When it comes to ESPN's MLB power rankings, the Phillies aren't even the highest-ranked NL East team despite leading the division. ESPN ranked the Mets (No. 15) and Braves (No. 16) directly above Philadelphia, just adding on to the disrespect. Fortunately, the Phillies do have a three-game with the Braves beginning on Friday, so they'll have a prime opportunity to prove the power rankings wrong.

Starting pitcher Aaron Nola has been a huge contributor to the Phillies' success. Through seven starts, the 28-year-old has a 3-1 record and 2.89 ERA. Hector Neris has also been efficient in the closing role, posting a 1.88 and 6 saves in 15 games.

Aside from ESPN's power rankings, the Phillies are also being disrespected when it comes to World Series odds. FanDuel Sportsbook has them at +4500 to win the championship at the end of the season.

Fortunately, the Phillies have plenty of time to turn the disrespect into adulation.

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