MLB Power Rankings: Mets hurt by sudden series of odd injuries

New York Mets' Jeff McNeil reacts after flying out in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Miami. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

It’s been a weird month of May in Queens.

The Mets, who have barely been able to keep their heads above water in a very competitive NL East, have been struck with a series of injuries so intense that it might lead the superstitious fan to think that this team is cursed.

Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil joined Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes on the injured list Thursday — Lowrie has yet to play this year and Cespedes underwent a season-ending ankle surgery after suffering an accident at his ranch.

New York lost five consecutive games earlier in the month — including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Marlins — before seemingly getting back on track and sweeping the Nationals in its last series. The team is currently in third place in MLB’s most intriguing division, as the Phillies have played consistently enough to keep first place, but the Braves have kept it a close contest with two consecutive wins.

The Dodgers have continued their campaign as the second-best team in the MLB and the undisputed first place team in the NL West, while the Padres swept the Diamondbacks to rise above .500 and take control of second place. Arizona was seven games above .500 on May 4 and now sits at 25-25 in the season.

In the NL Central, the Cubs and the Brewers have gone neck-and-neck for first place, but Christian Yelich’s back issues — which have caused him to miss two games already — give the Cubs a momentary advantage. Chicago’s starting pitching has also been solid, with the fourth-lowest combined ERA in baseball (3.48).

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After going 19-9 to start the season, the Rays have started to lose momentum, and enter Friday with a 9-9 record in May. A schedule of 47 games in 48 days will likely prove less than ideal for a team trying to bounce back, but the good news is they’re still two games ahead of the Red Sox for second place in the AL East, and their starters currently have the best combined ERA in the entire MLB (2.46).

The Twins have continued their steady climb in the rankings, as they’ve scored the most total runs in all of baseball. Case in point, Thursday’s 16-run win over the Angels. Minnesota leads the AL Central as the Indians’ offensive woes continue, the White Sox prospects become acquainted with the majors and the Tigers and Royals proceed with their private contest to decide who’s tanking harder.

As for the AL West, there lies the best team in baseball so far. The Astros have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, and the team’s .278 collective batting average is the best in baseball. The Rangers have risen up the ranks unexpectedly to take second place in the division, going 5-1 since last Friday, including a sweep of the Mariners. Their .811 OPS ranks third MLB-wide. With A’s slugger Khris Davis headed to the IL with a hip contusion, the Rangers could be in a good spot to gain some ground in the division and in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.

1 (1) Houston Astros


2 (2) Los Angeles Dodgers


3 (3) New York Yankees


4 (6) Chicago Cubs


5 (4) Boston Red Sox


6 (5) Tampa Bay Rays


7 (8) Minnesota Twins


8 (9) Philadelphia Phillies


9 (7) Milwaukee Brewers


10 (12) Atlanta Braves


11 (17) San Diego Padres


12 (15) Arizona Diamondbacks


13 (11) Cleveland Indians


14 (10) St. Louis Cardinals


15 (23) Texas Rangers


16 (14) New York Mets


17 (16) Colorado Rockies


18 (19) Los Angeles Angels


19 (21) Pittsburgh Pirates


20 (22) Cincinnati Reds


21 (18) Oakland Athletics


22 (13) Washington Nationals


23 (20) Seattle Mariners


24 (25) Chicago White Sox


25 (24) San Francisco Giants


26 (26) Toronto Blue Jays


27 (28) Kansas City Royals


28 (27) Detroit Tigers


29 (30) Miami Marlins


30 (29) Baltimore Orioles

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