As of today, we are just a smidgen past the first third of the MLB season, and what an exciting one it has been. Capped off recently by a month of May that featured outrageous offense (most home runs ever in any month in MLB history), baseball is in full swing and divisions are starting to shape up (some as expected, others...we’re not sure). With that being said, let’s take a look at which team is in the best position (AS OF RIGHT NOW) to win their respective division.
AL East: New York Yankees
As much as it pains me to acknowledge their success, the Yankees’ season so far has been nothing short of magical. Despite huge injuries to guys like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar, the Yanks find themselves atop the AL East, winning almost two out of every three games. Their bench has been fantastic, and when the big boys start getting healthy this team should only improve. Oh, and their bullpen continues to give people nightmares.
AL Central: Minnesota Twins
The only real competition in this division was going to be between the defending-champ Indians and the Twins, and seeing as how I’m reading Trevor Bauer is on the trade market I think it’s safe to assume Minnesota has already won this battle. Even without Cleveland’s shortcomings, this season would be impressive for the Twins as they have delivered a historically-dominant offense (so far) and the pitching has backed it up. As long as they play decently for the rest of the year they should easily grab this division.
AL West: Houston Astros
The Oakland A’s gave Houston a good run for their money last year, but the ‘Stros have already jumped out to an eight game lead this year and look somehow even more impressive. Injuries have not slowed them, and they look prepared to make another World Series run.
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies
This was a tough one for me, as I am a fan of the incumbent Braves and see that they sit only 2.5 games behind the Phils, but I still have to give the advantage to Philadelphia. It feels like this team hasn't even reached its potential yet and they still lead their division. Should they start to really put it together in the second half, they could open up a gap in this division and not look back.
NL Central: Milwaukee Brewers
After really cooling off, they have leveled out back to mediocrity over their past few games but sit just a half game back in their division. Their key guys continue to perform, and they’re starting to get contributions from others as well. They seem calm and relaxed when they play, and they’ve been here before: they’re right on track to repeat what they did last year.
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
We all know only the Colorado Rockies had a chance at dethroning the Dodgers (which they missed out on by one game last year), but it seems even they have gone by the wayside. When the San Diego Padres are in second in your division, you know something’s wrong, and the Dodgers should only need to play average ball to maintain their stranglehold on the NL West.