The New York Yankees put on a display of dominance in a four-game sweep over the Houston Astros to begin the 2024 MLB season.

Even doing so without much help from star Aaron Judge, the Yankees found ways to come back in all four games. The sweep included clutch hitting, dominant outings from the bullpen and even some unlikely heroes taking the stage.

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In the latest edition of MLB power rankings, the experts raved about the Yankees.

Yankees rise in latest MLB power rankings

Whenever a team completes a four-game sweep on the road, they are going to rise in the power rankings. It’s even more impressive when a team does it against a formidable opponent like the Astros.

This led to the experts around the league singing the praises of the Yankees in the power rankings.

USA TODAY | Ranking: No. 7 | +3

What they said: “Marcus Stroman guts out six innings, wins first start. It’s why he’s here.”


Bleacher Report | Ranking: No. 3

What they said: “The Yankees are the “Team of the Week” thanks to their four-game sweep of the Houston Astros, but they still have some work to do before they join the two teams ranked ahead of them in baseball’s top tier of contenders. The bullpen looked great, Marcus Stroman threw six strong innings in his Yankees debut, and Juan Soto (9-for-17, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) is going to do some big things this year in pinstripes. A similarly dominant showing this week and they’ll be in the mix for that No. 1 spot.”

CBS Sports | Ranking: No. 3 | +5

What they said: “Here’s the winner for the most impressive start. Three come-from-behind wins in a four-game road sweep over a major contender. Damn.”

FOX Sports | Ranking; No. 3 | +4

What they said: “What a start to the season for the Yankees. Without Gerrit Cole at their disposal, they got solid starting pitching and rallied to win each of the first three games before more Juan Soto heroics sealed the four-game sweep Sunday. The newest Bronx Bomber had a scintillating opening series at the plate (.529/.600/.765) and also came up clutch in the field. It’s this type of stuff that had me predicting he’d win AL MVP this year.”