The Mets earned their number 2 spot in this week's MLB Power Rankings

New York Mets v San Diego Padres
New York Mets v San Diego Padres / Denis Poroy/GettyImages

By taking two out of four against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets moved up the MLB Power Rankings into the number two spot. They begin this week behind only the New York Yankees as the most powerful team in the sport.

The Mets were already pushing against the Dodgers to take the National League crown. The Dodgers got swept earlier in the week by the Pittsburgh Pirates. If the Mets only won a single game and showed fight in a second, the argument could be made to move them ahead of Los Angeles.

There is no argument to make, though. This week, the Mets proved something they continually have. They are not a team to take lightly.

Can the Mets catch the Yankees in the MLB Power Rankings?

The Mets and Yankees both have similar schedules this week. The Yankees open with three versus the Minnesota Twins on the road before hosting the Chicago Cubs for three more. The Yankees typically handle the Twins well but seeing as it’s a road series, anything can happen.

Meanwhile, the Mets play three on the road against the San Diego Padres who might be a good comparison to the Twins. As much as the Padres have won regularly this year, their offense is putrid at times. Following those three, the Mets host the Los Angeles Angels just as they’re beginning to tank the season. Only three weeks ago, the Angels looked like one of the game’s best. Now, they look like they’ll waste another season of Mike Trout.

To catch the Yankees, the Mets may need a little more time. June won’t do the Mets many favors as it features plenty of tough opponents for them. The Yankees have some tough ones as well. They are far from impenetrable.

You won’t find too many Mets fans caught up in wondering what the Yankees are up to right now. The only times most of them will care is when the Yankees play the Mets. And at the rate both of these teams are going, it could include a series in October.

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