FOX MLB Analyst
It has been about a minute or 10,519 200 minutes since the Seattle Mariners were alone at the top of the American League West. Seattle moved past the Rangers on Sunday with its 11th victory in 12 games. MLB.com reports that the Mariners last held the division lead after 130 games occurred on August 24, 2003. Edgar Martinez and Bret Bone deserve special mention. )
Here’s my latest top 10, with a few interesting factoids about each club and a new member.
(84-45; last week 1) The Braves are the only team with more than 200 home runs. The gap between them and No. The gap between them and the No. 2 Dodgers (200 even) is about the same as that between L.A. 15 Cubs. In short: Atlanta can mash with anyone, and with five players likely to finish with 30 or more home runs, its power runs deep
(81-49; LW 2) The Orioles have won seven of nine, this after winning just four of their previous nine. Felix Bautista, the All-Star close, has been placed on the injury list after suffering an elbow injury. Baltimore has the same number of blown leads as any other major league team. 3. Los Angeles Dodgers
(80-49; LF 3)
Mookie Bets returned to Fenway Park for the first time in a long time this weekend. He continued his incredible pace. Since August 11th, he’s hit.554, easily the best score in the majors. The Dodgers have been just as hot as well, having not lost a single series in the entire month.4. Seattle Mariner
(74-56; LS 5)
Seattle has just swept Kansas City in their home stadium. It’s interesting to see how the hot team in baseball performed on the road. The Mariners are still five weeks away from the end of the regular season and have already won 16 road matches since the All Star break. The Mariners won 12 road games in August, the most ever for their franchise. Seattle’s 12 road wins in August are the most in franchise history.5.Milwaukee Brewers
(73-57; LW 7)
The Brew Crew have won eight in a row and scored at least five runs in each game. The Brewers scored five or more runs in only 10 out of 31 games prior to this stretch. This offensive boost, combined with a pitching team that had a 3.55 ERA for August, has created a 4-game cushion in NL Central. MLB power rankings: Braves retain top spot; Brewers climb up6.
Philadelphia Philadelphia Phillies
(72-58; LW 8).
Bryce Harper is back at full strength. His power was missing for almost two months despite his miraculous recovery from Tommy John surgery in May. Since August 16th Harper is the only baseball player to hit over.400 and have five or more home runs. The Phillies have won seven out of 100.7. Houston Astros
(74-58; LW 6)
Even with consecutive wins over the Detroit Tigers, Houston is just 6-8 over its past 14 games. Astros gained 2.5 games in the AL West, but are now behind the Mariners. Astros’ Mauricio Dubon, Martin Maldonado smack BACK-TO-BACK homers 8.
Tampa Bay Rays
(80-52; LW NR)
Welcome back! The Rays were only outside the top ten for a short time. Tampa Bay won six out of seven games, including five victories at home. The offense has also improved, with an average of 5.83 runs per game during this period. Texas Rangers(73-57 LW 4).
The Rangers have won less than two baseball games since August 16. Their offense is the primary cause. Texas has scored three runs or fewer six times in 10 games, its 3.6 runs per game during this stretch ranking 25th in the majors.
Twins’ Michael A. Taylor WALKS IT OFF on a walk to defeat Rangers10. Chicago Cubs
(69-61; LW 10).
The Cubs are slightly down in their division, despite winning 7 of 9. The Cubs can close this gap with a home three-game series against the Brewers. Ben Verlander
, MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “Flippin’ Bats“, is a podcaster. Verlander, who was born and raised in Richmond Virginia, became an All-American while attending Old Dominion University. He then joined his brother Justin in Detroit in 2013 as the Tigers’ 14th-round selection. He spent five seasons in the Tigers’ organization. Follow him on Twitter
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