- 05/20/2012, 10:59PM ET
CuntryBlumpkin said 05/20, 10:59 PM
Roughly a quarter of the MLB regular season has already passed, time flies by.
These rankings are based on WHAT THE TEAMS HAVE DONE TO THIS POINT, not whether or not you think they will maintain through the season.
At least two changes would be preferred(a change in order counts as a change)
1. Baltimore Orioles- Surprise team for sure, they're leading the toughest division in baseball, the AL East and have the best record in the American League. Their pitching has been hit or miss, but their offense has performed very well.
2. Texas Rangers- Back to back World Series appearances, and no hangover from the losses. The offense is just down right scary, no easy outs in the lineup, and their pitching, starters and rotation aren't bad at all considering the ball park they play in.
3. LA Dodgers- Best record in the Majors. A solid rotation and bull pen, not a great lineup, but they do enough to win.
4. Atlanta Braves- First place in the NL's toughest division, best record in MLB since their 0-4 start, top scoring offense in the NL.
5. Tampa Bay Rays- Second in AL East, GREAT rotation, and when healthy, a very solid offense.
Bundyrocksalot said 05/21, 12:54 AM
Hey Outlaw, its been awhile for me so I may be a little rusty.
Hard to argue against any of these five teams but here it goes.
1) Texas Rangers- They are the champs, and playing like they are not going to give it up. The starting rotation is doing great, Feliz is doing better than I though he would as a starter. Hamilton is playing lights out so far, and Washington has these guys focused on winning a championship this season.
2) Atlanta Braves- Freddy Gonzales has these guys playing as you stated the best baseball since early April. They always find ways to win from top to bottom they are a serious threat in the National League.
3) Baltimore Orioles- As you stated, the best record in the American League. These guys are playing excellent fundamental baseball, and they have the depth, and talent to compete.
4) Los Angeles Dodgers- Despite the best MLB record, the Dodgers schedule has been fairly light thus far, and play in maybe the MLB's worst division. Still, you cant discount them as a top 5 team.
5) Washington Nationals- Davey Johnson has these guys playing top notch baseball. A solid one two combonation with Strasburg and Gonzales is keeping them in the race.
CuntryBlumpkin said 05/21, 08:53 AM
You have the team with the best record in the AL and the AL East leaders in third place?
The AL East is by far the toughest division in baseball, it's not enough that you have to contend with the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox, but the Blue Jays are also very strong this season.
The Rangers play an underachieving Angels, an average Athletics and a poor Mariners. Despite playing tougher competition in the unbalanced schedule, Baltimore still has the better record of the two. Plus the AL East leader is usually the default number 1.
The applies for Baltimore over the Braves. Better record, tougher division, tougher league.
I think you're undervaluing what the Orioles have done to this point. The best record in the American League 25% into the season is very impressive. It would be impressive for the Yankees, much less a team expected to lose 100 games this season.
If we were predicting end of the season standings, Baltimore might not make the list, but this is based on what they have done to this point, and to this point the Orioles have been the best team in the Majors.
Bundyrocksalot said 05/22, 12:44 AM
As much as I like to see Baltimore having some success in the AL East, the fact is that the AL East is not the best division in baseball at this point in time. Baltimore may have the best record in the American League, but I give Texas the edge because they have been absolutely dominant in their wins. Texas is much better than Baltimore despite the Orioles having a slightly better record than the Rangers. They have the advantage in pitching, hitting, and have more quality wins than the Orioles.
Moving on... the Braves in my opinion are playing in the best division in baseball right now. Washington is playing fantastic baseball, Miami is starting to come out of their early season shell, the Phillies are still a great team, and even the Mets have suprised a lot of people. They are the second best team in baseball as far as I am concerned.
I think that with the Dodgers and Orioles, people expected them to be bad at this point thus are giving them more prestige than they actually deserve. They are in the top 5, dont get me wrong, but they are not one of the top two teams in baseball.
CuntryBlumpkin said 05/22, 10:21 PM
Texas might be more dominant in their wins, but fact is they have fewer wins than Baltimore while playing in a weaker division. End of argument on that one.
I don't really get having the team with the best record in the Majors in 4th place behind the Braves. The Dodgers have great pitching, decent hitting and one of the best players in the game. They might play in a weak division, but this is baseball, the worst team can beat the best team any given night, and the Dodgers have managed to lose fewer games than anyone in the majors, they are definitely top 3, and ahead of the Braves.
Washington has player great, and their pitching has been dominant, but Strasburg's tightness worries me a bit, and they are gonna be without Werth and Ramos for a long time, two key pieces to their lineup, a lineup that already averages less than 4 runs per game.
Tampa has been great this season, there's not a soft spot in their rotation. Second in the AL East. Their better offense combined with just as good, probably better pitching gives Tampa the 5th spot over Washington.
Bundyrocksalot said 05/23, 12:06 AM
Taking Tampa out of the top 5 was a tough choice. But leaving Washington out of it was a no brainer. Washington is currently on a five game winning streak, and is leading the National League East, a half game over Atlanta. I strongly disagree with you when you say the Orioles are in the toughest division in baseball. That may have been the case for the last decade, but your TD is strictly this season only. The Yankees have not looked great, the Red Sox have been awful, the Blue Jays are hanging around, but are clearly not at top ranked calibar. This leaves Tampa and Baltimore leading the way up to this point.
If you are ranking these teams as far as Power Rankings style, Texas most certainly has to be number 1, mainly because of their sheer dominance over their opponents. You are stating in your arguments that the Baltimore Orioles are the best team in baseball RIGHT NOW. I think if you put them in a seven game series against the Rangers or Braves, they would be beaten. The Rangers and Braves have clearly been more dominant in their wins than the Orioles, and both have played tougher schedules thus far...according to teams with a won/loss record.
Nice TD Outlaw.
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