MLB power rankings: Mets, Braves meet again while Phillies surge in roller-coaster NL East

Barely a week into a five-game streak in New York, the Mets and Atlanta Braves face off for another four starting Monday, a crucial set that will help determine who wins the National League East.
The Mets have a 5 ½ game lead Monday, winning four of the five at Citi Field. The Braves haven't lost a game since and won six straight last week to win 1 ½ games.
New York over the weekend took two out of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, who had won seven out of eight, to firmly secure the NL's third wildcard spot. The four of you will meet again next weekend in Philadelphia.
Pete Alonso reacts after scoring a run against the Phillies on Sunday.
Here's what USA TODAY Sports' panel of eight voted this week:
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Rank (movement from last week)
1.Los Angeles Dodgers (–)
Dustin May, who has been out since May 2021 due to Tommy John's surgery, will return next week.
2. Houston Astros (–)
Alex Bregman hit .333 (28/84) with 1.001 OPS since the All-Star break.
3. New York Mets (–)
Francisco Lindor breaks Jose Reyes' one-season franchise SS record with his 82nd RBI in 2022.
4. New York Yankees (–)
The team's August average of .221 is in the bottom half of the AL.
5.Atlanta Braves (–)
Drive a six-game winning streak into a big four-game set against the Mets at Truist Park.
6. Philadelphia Phillies (+3)
10 of the Phillies' next 14 games are against the Reds and Pirates.
7. San Diego Padres (-1)
With the PED suspension, Fernando Tatis Jr. will officially miss the entire season at the age of 23.
8. St. Louis Cardinals (–)
With two homers Sunday vs. Brewers, Albert Pujols is starting the week with 689 in his career.
9.Toronto Blue Jays (-2)
Jose Berrios has given up the AL's worst 26 home runs in his 23 starts.
10.Seattle Mariners (–)
George Kirby has a 2.18 ERA with 24 strikeouts and only three walks in his last four starts.
11. Milwaukee Brewers (+1)
Trevor Rosenthal, acquired from the Giants, is about to start a rehab assignment.
12. Tampa Bay Rays (+1)
Drew Rasmussen brought a perfect game into the ninth inning against Baltimore on Sunday.
13th Cleveland Guardian (+2)
After winning seven of eight, Cleveland heads into the AL Central on Monday with a 2 1/2 game lead.
14. Baltimore Orioles (–)
Anthony Santander (0.341 30-day average) and Jorge Mateo (0.338) were on fire.
15. Minnesota Twins (-4)
Twins must fade in the playoff race and win against Royals, Rangers in a seven-game homestand.
16.Chicago White Sox (–)
Andrew Vaughn hits .351 with .999 OPS in his last 15 games.
17. San Francisco Giants (+1)
Entering the week's six games from the NL's third wildcard spot.
18.Boston Red Sox (-1)
Only 4 ½ games back in the wild but there are three other teams ahead of them.
19. Texas Ranger (–)
Corey Seager has hit a career high with 26 homers.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (+1)
Tough week ahead with streaks against Giants and Cardinals.
21. Miami Marlin (-1)
Edward Cabrera throws 10 ⅔ innings scoreless in his first two starts of the IL.
22. Los Angeles Angels (+1)
The injured Mike Trout, who is doing batting practice, will face a live pitch in the coming days.
23. Colorado Rockies (-1)
Shortstop Jose Iglesias has hit .368s in his last 30 games.
24. Chicago Cubs (–)
"This isn't the kind of baseball Cubs fans they deserve," owner Tom Ricketts told ESPN.
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