Rich 10(MLB edition)- May 20th

1. Houston Astros(31-16)

Michael Brantley, George Springer, and Josh Reddick are seeing the ball as good as anyone in baseball right now. Justin Verlander is an early AL Cy Young favorite and this team, overall, may be better than the team that won the title two years ago. Altuve needs to be more consistent, but the team has a +96 run differential without him being great. Look out for this team to win their second World Series in three years.

MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers

2. Los Angeles Dodgers(31-17)

They are hitting a lot of home runs and are third in on-base percentage. Hyun-Jin Ryu is having another phenomenal season with Kershaw, Buehler, and Hill are delivering solid outings as well. The Dodgers will coast to their seventh straight NL West title and could be well on their way to a 3rd straight World Series appearance.

3. New York Yankees(28-17)

After a slow start to the season, the Bronx Bombers have recovered and have their most stable pitching staff since they became a contender in 2017. Although numerous injuries have plagued their season so far and it looks like their lineup is a bunch of minor leaguers, this is still a team that gets the job done and a club that will be on the hunt for Houston as the kings of the AL.

4. Tampa Bay Rays(27-17)

The only club with an ERA under three is continuing their fast start to the season. It will be difficult for them to hang with the likes of the Yankees, but they will for sure be players for a wild card spot come September. Although I can not currently think of a single batter that I know without looking it up, you have to respect the heart they have even when their fans do not back them up.

5. Chicago Cubs(27-17)

Willson Contreras is leading the team in batting average, which is something you would never have thought two years ago. Javier Baez is now looking like a more consistent hitter than Bryce Harper and their pitching is 10 times better than what it was last year even though Yu Darvish is just as bad as he was with the Dodgers in the World Series. Chicago will be in a tough battle for the division once again with the Milwaukee Brewers.

6. Milwaukee Brewers(28-21)

Christian Yelich is having the best season of his career, which is saying a lot but outside of Yelich, this team is struggling to hit the ball. Ryan Braun is 2nd of their qualified hitters in terms of average at .273 and everyone else has been irrelevant. Outside of Brandon Woodruff, Zach Davies, and Josh Hader, the pitching has been atrocious with a team ERA of 4.24. I still believe Milwaukee wins the division, but there should be some concern in Brew Crew country.

7. Philadelphia Phillies(27-19)

The foolishness of Philly to pay Bryce Harper for 13 years is showing now as he is having a ghastly season batting a measly .235 with only 9 home runs. If it were not for most of the National League underperforming right now, I would say that the Phillies are on the outside looking in, but nope, they are sitting comfy at the top of the NL East.

8. Boston Red Sox(25-22)

Chris Sale had a historically dreadful start to the season but has recovered and the Red Sox appear to have stabilized. Mookie Betts has underperformed for his standards but young guns, Rafael Devers and Christian Vasquez are off to tremendous starts and have been key to the recovery of the club. They have starting pitchers, but when your lowest, qualifying ERA is Chris Sale’s at 4.31, then that is a serious problem.

9. Minnesota Twins(30-16)

Yes, they are low on here and you can say that I am disrespecting them, but I am not sold on the Twins. It is the Twins! Jorge Polanco has been a fantastic hitter so far and Eddie Rosario is hitting bombs, but there is no way that Minnesota keeps this up. The AL Central is bad but you have to think that the Indians turn it around, right?

10. Cleveland Indians(25-20)

If there was a baseball version of the word “meh” for the last three years, it is the Cleveland Indians. They are just a team that fills a spot in the playoffs to be handled by a real contender. Francisco Lindor is the only one that is consistently hitting and Corey Kluber must go. Shane Bieber and Trevor Bauer have been alright, but it is not enough to be the contender that they were back in 2016. Are they really going to be outplayed in 162 games by the Twins?

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