1. Los Angeles Dodgers(41-19)
Winners of 11 of their last 13 games, the Dodgers cannot be stopped at the moment. Hyun-Jin Ryu is having a Cy Young season with a 1.48 ERA and an 8-1 record. Kenley Jansen seems to have stabilized his early pitching woes and the Dodgers are all hitting 1-8 in the batting order. The additions of Alex Verdugo, Will Smith, and Matt Beaty have all led to massive contributions as both Verdugo and Smith have hit walk-offs in their last two series and Beaty has played a solid first base. It looks like only another World Series appearance can slows down the Dodgers right now.
2. Minnesota Twins(40-18)
Before the season started, I said the Twins would be a wild card contender, but I did not expect them to be one of the best teams in baseball this deep into the season. They have to plateau at some point right? The team is both solid at home and on the road. They have a run differential of +109. While they do not have an MVP-caliber hitter, everyone contributes and their starting pitching has been almost perfect. Is this team for real or is this just a wicked hot start?
3. Houston Astros(40-20)
7-3 in their last ten and currently on a three-game winning streak, the Astros are still the most complete team in the AL and should still be favored over the Twins and Yankees.
4. New York Yankees(38-20)
Another team that is 7-3 in their last ten games. What is scarier about the Bronx Bombers is that they are doing so much with so little. No Betances, Stanton, or Judge but the Yankees are getting done with solid starting pitching and the bat of Gary Sanchez. One can only imagine what New York will look like when fully healthy.
5. Milwaukee Brewers(34-26)
While 34-26 is not terrible by any means, the Brew Crew have been quite underwhelming this year thanks to some brutal pitching. If Christian Yelich was not on this team, then you would know that Milwaukee had a baseball team this year. I expect them to win the Central, but they are nowhere near the Dodgers at the moment.
6. Tampa Bay Rays(35-22)
The Rays have been good this year but it is too bad that no one can name a single player on the franchise other than Blake Snell and Charlie Morton. They recently had the lowest attendance in their franchise’s history with only slightly above 5,000 people at the Trop. Does it even matter if they reach the playoffs?
7. Colorado Rockies(31-27)
9-1 in their last ten games and winners of their last eight, Colorado may have turned their season around after a ghastly start but do they have anything for the Dodgers?
8. Philadelphia Phillies(33-26)
Shaky pitching, inconsistent hitting; if you bought the Phillies competing for an NL Pennant after their offseason moves, SELL, SELL, SELL.
9. Chicago Cubs(32-26)
Javier Baez and Willson Contreras are delivering and the Cubs will be in the playoffs again this year but can I please stop seeing them in my TV guide every night?
10. Atlanta Braves(32-27)
Another team that has disappointed after what they showed last year. Are the Dodgers a lock to win the NL before the All-Star Break?