MLB–Shaun’s Top 10

Shaun Shpall, Sports Editor

1. Rays

The Rays started the season off as hot as any MLB team ever, and the Rays have been amazing at every facet of the game. They still are atop the MLB at 31-11 and have continued their dominance over every team, and I do not see them stopping. Led by outfielder Randy Arozarena and starting pitcher Shane McClanahan,they have been nearly unstoppable.

2. Braves

The Braves could be considered the overall most talented team in baseball. With hitters like Ronald Acuna Jr., Sean Murphy, Matt Olson, and Austin Riley, their offense is extremely dangerous. This talent does not end with their position players because they also have stud starting pitchers like Spencer Strider, Max Fried, and Charlie Morton.

3. Dodgers

Last year the Dodger set the record for the most wins in franchise history and NL history, but after the loss of star Trea Turner and an injury to projected starting shortstop Gavin Lux, the season started slow. But over their last 10 games they have won eight including a five game win streak and 9 consecutive wins at home. They are hot, being led by Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, and with outstanding rookie James Outman, they are a scary team to face.

4. Blue Jays

 Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, they got stuck in the best division in baseball, but they are not letting it stop them. The Blue Jays have started this season at 24-16 and have 3 players hitting above .300 and another hitter only 20 percentage points away. This offense is talented, but their question is if the pitching can keep up. If they can stay healthy, they will be a dangerous team come postseason. 

5. Orioles 

Another young, talented team stuck in that crazy AL East, but this team is just fun. Led by a majority of first- or second-year players, and especially their catcher Adley Rutschman, they are young and ready to fight for their spot. 

6. Padres 

This offseason was extremely busy for the Padres, signing players like Xander Bogartes along with late season trades for guys like Josh Hader. These Padres had big expectations coming into the 2023 season, but have started slow. However, with the amount of talent on their team they will figure it out and end the season as a top 10 team and World Series competitor.  

7. Brewers 

With a talented starting pitching role with stars like Corbin Burnes, Eric Lauer, Freddy Peralta, and Wade Miley, they are hard to beat in a 7 game series and will be competitive against any team. Along with a strong bullpen led by Devin Williams and position players like Christian Yelich and Willy Adames, they are a talented team, and if they could add just one more talented hitter they will be extremely dangerous. 

8. Yankees 

The Yankees are the best historic team in the MLB and come into almost every season with high expectations. With reigning MVP Aaron Judge and potential Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole, they have the potential to be contenders in the MLB and continue fighting for not only a playoff spot, but a World Series Championship. Unfortunately for them, they are stuck in the best division in baseball and have to contend with 3 other teams ahead of them in these power rankings.

9. Astros 

The reigning MLB World Series Champions were expected to come back and fight for a repeat, but even after retaining the majority of their team, especially their core, they have started the season cold. At only 23-19 they have been playing below expectations, but with the talent they have and how we have seen them play in past years we can’t overlook them, especially when we get to the playoffs. 

10. Rangers 

After a couple of huge offseason signings of the last couple of seasons like Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Jacob Degrom (even though he is hurt), would give this Rangers team the talent to be big time contenders. However, they were not expected to play the way they are right now. Starting the season 26-16 and being led by Adolis Garcia they have been fantastic offensively and a dangerous team to play.