Rich 10(MLB Edition) – June 17th
1. Minnesota Twins(47-23)
70 games into the season and the Twins are still the best team in baseball. They are on track to smash their franchise record for wins in a single season that was set in 1965 when they went 102-60. Minnesota has the best batting average at the moment, the most home runs, and the third-highest on-base percentage in the MLB. Pitching has also been solid as they sit seventh in Earned Run Average and fourth in saves. The baseball community is going to question if the Twins have peaked too early but they have not shown any signs of slowing down.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers(48-24)
Can we just hand a third straight National League Pennant to the Dodgers? Minus the bullpen, there are no holes on this LA team. They lead the Rockies and Diamondbacks by 10.5 games in the West and hold a six-game lead over the Braves across the NL. Hyun-Jin Ryu is the best pitcher in baseball, Walker Buehler is getting back to his 2018 ways after a rough start. Let’s not forget that Clayton Kershaw is still on this rotation. Cody Bellinger is the current MVP and everyone is contributing from Justin Turner to Corey Seager to David Freese, who is the most underrated pickup the Dodgers have acquired since their playoff runs began in 2013. Is this team better than the 2017 team?
3. Houston Astros(48-24)
As of right now, I would place a bet on a 2017 World Series rematch with the Dodgers. Over the last three years, Houston has clearly been the most consistent team and they should walk their way into the American League Championship Series for a third straight year.
4. New York Yankees(43-27)
The Bronx Bombers are now the most terrifying team in the MLB after acquiring Edwin Encarnación. Top to bottom, the Yankees’ lineup can turn a tie into a three or four-run lead. Once everyone is healthy, New York will become every pitcher’s nightmare. Pitching needs to be cleaned up at the trade deadline but other than that, this team is shaping up to get to the Fall Classic this year.
5. Atlanta Braves(42-30)
Braves are scorching hot right now. They are 9-1 in their last ten games and hold the second-best record in the National League. Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña Jr., and Ozzie Albies are having great seasons once again. Mike Soroka is the unsung hero of this team and carrying the starting rotation with a 7-1 record and an ERA of 1.92. Atlanta will have a tough battle for the division against the Phillies but they are off to a great start as they just swept them dominantly this past weekend.
6. Tampa Bay Rays(43-28)
With power outages at Tropicana Field and record-lows in attendance, you would have thought that the Rays were 28-43. While they will have their backs against the wall competing with the Yankees and Red Sox for the AL East title, they have a great shot at taking one of the two wild-card spots as there is quite a gap between them and the fifth-best AL team, the Texas Rangers.
7. Milwaukee Brewers(40-31)
The Brew Crew will most likely win the NL Central but they have been disappointing to watch. Pitching staff still cannot figure it out and Christian Yelich is the only one keeping the hitting afloat. Somebody needs to turn this team around fast.
8. Chicago Cubs(39-32)
Looking more like their 2016 championship team, the Cubs should be a safe bet for the playoffs. Although, having Yu Darvish on your pitching staff is a major concern. Javier Baez being a consistent hitter is a nice welcome from the guy that is known for taking hacks 24/7.
9. Texas Rangers(38-33)
Either the American League is dreadful or this is the greatest group of all-veteran players in history. Elvis Andrus, Hunter Pence, and Shin-Soo Choo are carrying this franchise and have them sitting in the second wild-card spot at the moment. Mike Minor has delivered solid outings on the mound. Look out for this club.
10. Philadelphia Phillies(39-32)
$330 million for one player and your team is only on the borderline of a playoff spot. Philadelphia is quickly learning that Bryce Harper is not the guy to carry a team to a deep run in the playoffs. Losing your clubhouse leader in Andrew McCutchen also does not bode well as we near the All-Star break.
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