There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball, you will have your good teams and you will have your not so good teams. In this segment, we will focus on the 5 best teams in the MLB and the worst 5 teams. That way we get to shadow on who to watch this year, and who to watch in maybe a few months.
#1. Washington Nationals (16-8)
Obvious #1 team in the MLB. They have a run differential of +32 which is good enough for 2nd place in all of the league. They’re versatile, they have a high powered offense led by Bryce Harper and his .405 Batting Average (best in MLB). But that’s not all, 2nd in batting average is his teammate Ryan Zimmerman who is batting .392 so far in the season. Don’t worry, they can hit home runs too. Zimmerman is ranked 2nd in the MLB with 10 home runs while Harper is tied for 4th with 8 home runs. Not too shabby huh? Well it gets better. Along with Harper and Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy also is a large part in the Nationals offense. He’s tied for 1st place in the MLB with runs batted in with 25 with the person he’s tied with being his teammate Bryce Harper who also has 25 RBI’s. Okay so their offense is good but what about their pitching, it can’t be that good can it? Well, it can. They have Max Scherzer AKA the reigning NL CY Young award winner. Also in that rotation is Gio Gonzalez who is currently 2nd in the NL for ERA with a 1.62 Earned Runs Against Average. With this offense and pitching staff, it’s impossible to not pick the Nationals as the #1 team in the MLB right now.
#2. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-11)
The Arizona Diamondbacks with their new GM Mike Hazen and coach Torey Lovullo are making quite the noise so far in this early baseball season. With a 15-9 record (2nd most wins in the MLB) they are showing they’re here to battle and play hard. With 5 players batting above .300 (with at least 40 at bats) they enjoy to share the offense as a team. They aren’t the most explosive team, but they’re consistent hitters and that works for them. Zack Greinke leads their pitching staff with 2 wins, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. It’s still early, so it will be very interesting to see how this team progresses as we get into May, June, and July.
#3. New York Yankees (15-7)
As much as it pains me to say this, as I’m a diehard Red Sox fan, the Yankees are having one hell of a season so far. Aaron Judge has been let loose, hitting 9 home runs (tied 3rd in MLB) and batting .282 as a whole. Starlin Castro is batting .361 which is good enough for 2nd place in the AL. With a +38 run differential it’s very hard to ignore them as being a good team. But their ERA leader is Luis Severino who is sporting a solid 3.00, while not bad, but if they want to be a serious AL threat they will need their pitching to be better than what it has been so far.
#4. Baltimore Orioles (14-8)
Although they have the same record, Baltimore only has a +6 run differential. This team is interesting, they have a very dangerous lineup but their pitching is nothing close to viable for a championship contending team. Of course they have the young stud Manny Machado with a cannon for an arm and his sub-par .231 batting average. But they also have one of the most underrated players in the league (in my opinion); Jonathan Schoop who is batting .288 with 5 home runs and 15 rbi’s. He’s a crucial piece to that team and I’m not sure a lot of people notice him. Their pitching needs work outside of Dylan Bundy who has 3 wins and a 1.65 ERA.
#5. Colorado Rockies (16-9)
If the Rockies had a good pitching staff they would be the #1 team in the MLB. But they don’t, so they have to rely heavily on their offense. Charlie Blackmon is 4th in the MLB with 24 rbi’s, Nolan Arenado has a .315 BA and 7 HR’s as he is proving himself to be one of the best 3rd baseman in the league. However, even with all the offense the Rockies still hold a -7 run differential which just goes to show how poor their pitching staff is. Sorry Rockies.
BOTTOM 5 (1 BEING THE LEAST WORST, 5 BEING THE VERY WORST)
1. New York Mets (10-13)
A bit of a surprise so far in this early season, but the Mets sure are struggling. It’s odd, you think a team that made the world series just 2 years ago wouldn’t be struggling this bad. It might be the injuries to their offense as many key players such as Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores and David Wright are all on the disabled list. But hopefully the Mets studded rotation can keep them afloat near a .500 win percentage until their hitters come back. Can Noah Syndergaard and his 1.73 ERA keep the Mets heart beating? We will soon find out.
2. San Francisco Giants (9-16)
Didn’t see this coming. Now they aren’t playing bad, but they lost one of their ace’s in Madison Bumgarner because of a shoulder injury (maybe not try to crash your bike next time you drive it). They’re also struggling with other injuries as well with Brandon Crawford and Denard Span being on the disabled list as well. But as we know, NEVER count out the Giants. Somehow they always pull through, so don’t expect them to be in the basement for long
3. Toronto Blue Jays (7-17)
Talk about another downfall from last year. Just one season ago the Blue Jays went 89-73 and managed to make it to the ALCS. Of course one of their best offensive players, Edwin Encarnacion, left them to chase a huge payday. Now they have a -23 run differential and are at the bottom of the AL East standings. Personally I don’t think they’ll be able to turn it around. Their pitching is mediocre and their offense just isn’t good enough to win them games. But hey, at least they have Marcus Stroman.
4. Kansas City Royals (7-15)
How hard the mighty have fallen. 2 years ago they won a world series and now they’re in a free fall. After sadly losing one of their top pitchers, Yordano Ventura, due to death the Royals pitching is depleted. Bullpen arm Wade Davis has moved on from the team and they have no true ‘ace pitcher’ which is indicated by their -35 run differential. They have a few bright spots in their lineup with Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer, but that isn’t enough to save this depleted Royals team.
5. San Diego Padres (10-16)
In my opinion, the Padres are the worst team in the league. They have a -34 run differential, and the worst pitching staff in the entire league. Their lineup actually isn’t that bad, Will Myers is batting .318 and Yangervis Solarte is batting .284 with a .355 OBP. But their starting pitching is abysmal. With 5 games started, Clayton Richard leads the Padres in team ERA with 4.45. That is not good. That is not even close to good. If the Padres could put together a solid rotation and a couple more offensive pieces then they wouldn’t be in a bad position. But right now they’re the worst team in baseball.