Only four teams have won at least five games since the previous edition of the Rankings: the Mets, Braves, Marlins and Phillies, making the National League East baseball's undisputed hottest division.
New York rose from the Power Rankings cellar to post the game's only undefeated week, rattling off six straight wins, while Atlanta, Florida and Philadelphia all went 5-2. The Phillies and Marlins have cracked the rankings' top three spots, while the Mets soared from No. 30 to 17 and the Braves from 23 to 12, each of the latter two's jumps aided by a lot of lackluster play from the teams above them.
How did the NL East quartet make such a move? Pitching, pitching, pitching. Aficionados of offense continue to be disappointed, as scoring is down across baseball, and in the past week four of the league's five best ERAs belonged to, yep, the Mets, Braves, Marlins and Phillies, with only the Cardinals crashing the East's party, all of them with team ERAs under 3.10. (The Nationals apparently missed the memo, going 1-5 last week with a 4.94 ERA.)
It could continue, as last week was no fluke for three of the teams. This season the Braves, Marlins and Phillies occupy the majors' Nos. 2 through 4 spots on the runs allowed leaderboard, trailing only Oakland.
NOTE: All stats are updated through Wednesday, April 27.
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