MLB–Sammy’s Top 10

Sammy Shorten, Sports Editor

1. Rays  

The Rays began this season 13-0 with a historical start. They still have the best record in the league. Left fielder Randy Arozarena has put on a show so far this season, alongside shortstop Wander Franco. With Arozarena, Franco, and starting pitcher Shane Maclanahan, I don’t see anytime soon they will let go of the number one spot

2. Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers started off this season a bit rocky, though just recently they have picked up the slack and come back to take the number one spot in the National League as of right now. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw at 35 years old seems like he isn’t slowing down a bit. Rookie James Outman is making plays both offensively and defensively. Right now, the Dodgers bullpen isn’t the best, but otherwise, they are one of the best teams in the National League, and I don’t see that changing for a while. 

3. Braves

The Atlanta Braves are 26-16 and are the number-two seed in the National League. Right now Ronald Acuna Jr. is batting .348 and has 10 home runs. The braves were doing unbelievably well until they lost four straight games to the Boston Red Sox and Blue Jays because their star Pitcher Max Fried is out, and the team is having to rely on their bullpen each and every game 

4. Orioles

Baltimore and their young team are putting on a show this year, having one of their best starts in a while, and I think it’s all because of Cedric Mullins and Adley Rutschman. Mullins is batting .266 and Rutschman is batting 2.85. You can’t ask for much more. The other day Cedric Mullins hit for a cycle proving his worth to the team. I think there is a chance of the Orioles declining in their win column, but not likely. The only reason I see Baltimore slowing down is because of their upcoming games against the Yankees and the Rangers.

5. Yankees

New York is loving life right now. Stars Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo are scoring endlessly, and overall carrying about the team’s offensive efforts. Though defensively we keep seeing Gerrit Cole and his 1.4 ERA pop up and help the team throughout games. Watching this team is extremely entertaining, and they will go far this year.

6. Rangers

The Texas Rangers are having a great time out on the field. Can’t ask for more from them besides getting their star pitcher Jacob DeGrom healthier. Collectively as a team, they are hitting well, fielding well. No one loves anything more than watching good old-fashioned ball playing and entertaining games, and the Rangers are doing just that.

7. Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are doing well so far in the season, but starting pitcher Alek Manoah is 0-4 right now and has barely been throwing strikes compared to other years. Otherwise, the team is hitting and fielding well, but when Manoah plays there is no other choice than to lose.

8. Twins

The Minnesota Twins star, as of right now, Alex Kirilloff is playing like an all-star, batting .333, and hosing people down from the outfield. If Kiriloff can stay healthy, and keep playing like this, and if the rest of the team takes some notes from Kirilloff, they will go deep in the season.

9. Brewers

Milwaukee is having a good season so far. They are having big flashes in some games and some sad ones in others. Rowdy Tellez is their best batter right now by far, batting .250, and Christian Yelich is starting to slowly look like his old MVP self.

10. Diamondbacks

Arizona started the year off hot and has slowed down a bit. Though they are still in the top half of the league, and yes, it is still early, they will have to remember what they did earlier in the season if they plan on making a post-season run.