MLB power rankings: Phillies surge to first place, Mets fall apart in NL East

For the first time in three months, the New York Mets don’t lead the National League East.

The Mets’ recent decline has coincided with hot streaks from the (now) first-place Philadelphia Phillies and second-place Atlanta Braves, who both made significant improvements at the deadline to make a run in the division.

The Phillies swept the Mets over the weekend in Philadelphia to capture first place, holding the visitors to five runs and 13 hits in the three-game set. Offense has been the main problem for the Mets, with the team batting .179 while going 1-7 to start the month of August.

With a brutal August schedule featuring 13 games in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the Mets’ season is in danger of slipping away.

Taijuan Walker reacts after giving up a home run against the Phillies on Sunday.
Taijuan Walker reacts after giving up a home run against the Phillies on Sunday.

Here’s how our seven-person panel voted this week:

1. San Francisco Giants (–)

2. Tampa Bay Rays (+2)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

4. Houston Astros (-2)

5. Chicago White Sox (+1)

6. Milwaukee Brewers (-1)

7. Oakland Athletics (+1)

8. New York Yankees (+2)

9. San Diego Padres (–)

10. Cincinnati Reds (+2)

11. Toronto Blue Jays (+2)

12. Boston Red Sox (-5)

13. Philadelphia Phillies (+2)

14. Atlanta Braves (–)

15. New York Mets (-4)

16. Seattle Mariners (–)

17. Los Angeles Angels (+1)

18. St. Louis Cardinals (+1)

19. Cleveland (-2)

20. Detroit Tigers (–)

21. Chicago Cubs (–)

22. Colorado Rockies (+1)

23. Washington Nationals (-1)

24. Kansas City Royals (+1)

25. Minnesota Twins (+1)

26. Miami Marlins (-2)

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

28. Texas Rangers (–)

29. Baltimore Orioles (–)

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Phillies top NL East standings, Mets fall apart