by Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst
We are a third of the way through Major League Baseball season, and we get a good read on what the real teams were and which ones were imagined.
We even got our first administrative sacking of the season, with Joe Girardi surprisingly picking up the axe. It is possible as a result that the Feliz were torn apart and have not lost since.
Will that be good enough to get them into the top 10 this week? Let’s find out.
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10. Milwaukee Brewers
The brew crew holds the number one spot at NL Central, but they hold a thin thread in the strength ratings at the moment. This team is built around promotion, but two of the top three starting players have come out. Willy Adames has also been out a bit on the Shortstop, and all this hasn’t added much gain lately for the Brewers.
9. St. Louis Cardinals
The second place team at NL Central comes right out front in this week’s rankings. The Cardinals definitely play like the best ball club at the moment, with Paul Goldschmidt playing like the best baseball player on the planet. If the Brewers’ family’s health doesn’t improve soon, it won’t be long before this cardinal takes over downtown.
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8. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays sit 31-23, third in the AL East, the best division in baseball. They’re not in top shape right now, but they definitely deserve a place in the top ten for this week.
7. Minnesota Twins
The twins aren’t very healthy at the moment, and they don’t particularly play baseball, but I’m a big believer in this team. The slam dunk for Minnesota was that they’re playing in a week’s division and they haven’t played anyone. Well, despite not giving their best or being at their full potential, the twins went to Toronto last weekend and won a series against a really good team.
6. Toronto Blue Jays
Despite losing the weekend series to the Twins, it looks like the Blue Jays are back in the team we’ve all come to expect this season. They hit well and win a bunch of ball games, and as a result, they continue to climb again in the power rankings.
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5. San Diego Padres
I’ve talked a lot this year about Padres and what Mane Machado was doing to take on the team. But it’s time to give a huge amount of credit to the elite presentation crew. The Padres rotation is among the top five in baseball, and Joe Musgrove leads the National League with a 1.64 ERA. This alternation has been muted, and what this team has done without Fernando Tates Jr. is remarkable.
4. Houston Astros
Sixty or so games into the season, the Astros already have an 8.5 game lead over the rest of the AL West, even with some other teams improving a lot. There was absolutely no doubt, but this is the best team in AL West and one of the best in baseball. Houston’s Bullpen were among the best in baseball, and as a result, they won a lot of close matches.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Pittsburgh Pirates swept The Dodgers last week and then split for a home series with the depleted Mets. They are one of the best teams in baseball, and their running differential shows that. However, you can’t get carried away by pirates and don’t expect to get off. Also, the Dodgers had the easiest schedule of any team in the league to date.
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2. New York Mets
What the Mets continue to do even without their two buddies is amazing. Keep stepping up and winning ball games. To be in their place without Jacob Degrom or Max Scherzer is unbelievable and a great testament to the team ownership that has built. The Mets have the best record in the National League, and the best player on their team (and the planet) has not made a single throw this year.
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1. New York Yankees
The Yankees are the best baseball team, due to their coaching staff. Who would have expected to hear that before the season? But this alternation has historically been good. The “worst” era among bowlers in the starting spin is 3.03, and they’re led by unsung champ Nestor Cortes, who plays a 1.50 Era. This team is the complete package, and they once again find themselves at the top of the strength rankings for this week.
Here’s another exciting week around Major League Baseball!
Ben Verlander, MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “philippines batsPodcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an all-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit in the 14th round of the Tigers’ pick in 2013. He spent five years in an organized Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.
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