Power Rankings: Who Sits At The Top of The Tables?
A handful of elite teams look set to battle for World Series glory this season after dominating their respective divisions. There are still four weeks remaining on the schedule, with a few key races to keep an eye on, but the best teams are already planning ahead to the postseason. These are the top five teams in the MLB power rankings right now:
San Francisco Giants
The Giants clinched the season series against the Dodgers with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over the Dodgers at the weekend. They currently sit two wins clear of Los Angeles at the top of the NL West, with the best record in the league this year. The Giants are still considered outsiders for the World Series – you can find shorter odds on five different teams – but San Francisco has delighted in making a mockery of projections throughout the season. It is hard to think of any system that had the Giants winning more than 85 games this year, but they have already smashed through that barrier with four weeks to go. Most of their remaining games are against NL West rivals, and they have one of the MLB’s best intradivisional records this season, so they should clinch the West.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers may trail the Giants by two wins at the top of the NL West, but they still have the second best record in the league this year. They lost two of three to the Giants over the weekend, but they would have gone 2-1 were it not for a bases-loaded throwing error from the unfortunate Trea Turner. Walker Buehler is one of the NL frontrunners for the Cy Young, while Max Scherzer has proved to be a shrewd acquisition. The Dodgers are perennial contenders for glory, and every sportsbook makes Los Angeles the favorite to win a second consecutive World Series title this year.
Tampa Bay Rays
The reigning AL champion is all but certain to make the playoffs for a third straight year, which has never happened before. The Rays also have the franchise record of 97 wins in their sights, having put up an 88-52 record thus far. Their 11-10 comeback win against the Red Sox was exhilarating, and they now have 11 wins from its last 15 games. They are surging with momentum, and many fans believe the Rays are now entering a golden era in franchise history.
The Brewers are a lock to win the NL Central after opening up a 12-game advantage over the Reds. Star duo Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff are both serious Cy Young contenders, and Adrian Houser was phenomenal in a complete game shutout against the Cardinals last week. No team will want to face Milwaukee in the playoffs. Yet the franchise is still sweating on the health of Willy Adames. The Brewers boast an MLB-best record of 63-32 since he made his debut, and he has the quality to light up the postseason.
The sportsbooks make the Astros the second favorites to win the World Series this year, despite the team enduring a recent slide. They are now just five wins clear of the Mariners and six ahead of the Athletics at the top of the AL West, so that division could go down to the wire. Yet the Astros have a 14-game stretch against the Angels, Rangers and Diamondbacks to look forward to, which could help them earn some breathing room. Recent results have been underwhelming, but the Astros are still stacked with talent and they could emerge as the team to beat in the AL.