For the first third of the season, we have seen a lot of good baseball.
Who are the best, you might ask?
I have decided to put together a list of the teams I feel are the 10 best in the MLB. I assure you, I'm not just going by records or favorites, I will be making my decision based on who I feel are the best baseball teams.
If you think some of my picks are wrong, please comment, and tell me what I should change. I am very open to criticism and would love to hear your thoughts.
The Cubs are capable of exploding at any time, it's just a matter of time.
With nearly the entire team coming back to avenge last year's disappointing finish, they are still dangerous.
The positive for the Cubs is Kosuke Fukudome, who is batting a team-high .312, with five homers, and 20 RBI.
Also, Ted Lilly is holding down the fort, with a 3.50 ERA, 6-4 record, and 52 SO. Those are some solid stats.
Now the negatives. Geovany Soto is having a terrible second year, batting .211, and only driving 12 men in. He is having a “sophomore slump.”
The Cubs are also without All Star Aramis Ramirez, who will be out until at least the All Star break.
Cubs pitching isn't what it was last year, but it's not a glaring weakness.
If they can get Lee and Soriano back, they can snap back and make a run for this thing.
A year of ups and downs for the shaky Mets. They were getting hot on the West Coast, but that soon fizzled, and now they are playing .500 ball.
Yes, the Mets are banged up, they are sending a “B” squad out there every night, so it's a little hard to judge on this team right now. Nevertheless, I feel they are still worthy of the No. 9 spot.
The Mets' bullpen this year has been very good. Well, besides J.J., they have been great. The starting pitching has been there too.
Yes, shaky at first, the Mets picked up the intensity, not to mention throwing more strikes. Livan and Pelf have done an amazing job, along with Maine. Johan has been nothing short of amazing.
The Mets' hitting is pretty solid also. Led by Beltran, who is batting .352, things would be great if he could just stay on the field.
The main problem is, the Mets can't get anyone on the field. They have been missing Reyes, Church, Beltran, Delgado, Cora, and Angle.
With a DL like that, you are going to struggle at the plate.
Now, for David, the man just can't hit in the clutch. It's really becoming a normal thing for him to strike out when ducks are on the pond.
Is this Mets team great? No, but they can be—when healthy.
No, the Phillies are not the team from last year, but they are still winning. The Phillies are getting the job done night in and night out—and that's all that matters.
The Phillies are led by Raul Ibanez, who is having a monster year. Raul is batting .338 with 17 homers and 49 RBI. The man can rake.
The Phillies do run into some pitching problems, though. Bret and Cole are a good one-two punch, but after that, it's all question marks.
How long will Jamie last? After Blanton, who else do you have?
Despite this, you can count on the Phillies to be right there in the end.
At one time, the Jays were easily the number one team in this count down. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of 12, and are still falling. You might be surprised to see them at this spot. But they are still a great team, they've just hit a rock in the road.
Don't forget they still have Roy Halladay, and a good, young staff behind him. To go along with the solid staff, they have the best overall team BA in the MLB.
Yes, they are down, but the season is far from over. For Toronto, they have a great opportunity to make something of themselves.
The Cards started out of the gates on fire, and even if they haven't played as well lately, they are still tops the N.L Central.
They have the best pitching staff in the MLB. The team's ERA is a league-low 3.58, and they have the best winning percentage. Since Carpenter's return, their staff, in my eyes, has been the best. Alongside him is Pineiro, Lohse, and Wainwright—three guys are having a great year.
Along with the great pitching, their hitting hasn't been too bad either. Prince Albert has the hitting thing down pat, batting a cool .339 with 16 homers and 45 RBI. If he can stay hot, the Cards will fly to the postseason.
When you think of the Rangers you think of one thing: HITTING. The Rangers have the best slugging percentage in the game, to go along with the second best OPS.
This team simply out-hits opponents. If their hitting can stay hot, they will be a serious contender.
Their only downfall is pitching. Lucky for them, they score five runs a game.
With Verlander pitching great, Miguel hitting .358, and Granderson raking at the plate, the Tigers seem to be in great shape. First in the Central with 3.5 games over the Twins, the future looks bright for the Tigers.
I see them really going far. They look like a team that loves to play and have a lot of fire and emotion.
With A-Rod back in the lineup, Mark Teixeira has been batting .333 with 13 homers and 34 RBI. The Yanks have also won 21 of 27 games since Alex returned.
In addition to getting him back, they are getting one-time ace Chien Ming Wang back also.
Yankees hitting has been a big part of this hot streak. The Bronx Bombers are on an incredible tear, with five players hitting over .300, the Yanks are second in the league with a combined .282 BA.
To go along with the great hitting, the Yanks super star pitcher CC Sabathia has been on his A-game. If the Yanks keep this streak, they are certainly playoff bound.
The Red Sox are a team that has a nice swagger and a bit of an attitude. The team is led by MVP Dustin Pedroia, Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, along with Kevin Youkilis.
With this power packed lineup, the Red Sox will have Boston dancing in October.
The Dodgers, behind the best manager in baseball, Joe Torre, are off to an impressive start.
Despite losing Manny, the team has still excelled and Juan Pierre has stepped in beautifully for the 'roid-stricken Ramirez.
Dodgers pitching, behind Chad Billingsley, who is fifth in the NL with six wins, has been fantastic. The Dodgers are in a league of their own in their division, with second place San Francisco nine games behind.
If they don't have a major meltdown in the middle of the season, they for sure will be playing on TBS during the playoffs.