MLB.com recently polled a panel of 24 different executives regarding a bevy of topics, but the one I want to focus on is the last one.
Who is the best team in baseball?
Tampa Bay Rays (10 votes)
Atlanta Braves (5 votes)
Houston Astros (1 vote)
New York Yankees (1 vote)
Toronto Blue Jays (1 vote)
I can’t really argue with anyone who said the Tampa Bay Rays. They are one of the most consistently underrated organizations in a loaded AL East; everyone knew how good of a pitching staff they had, but nobody thought they would be this good offensively. They are #1 in every offensive statistic and have hit a ridiculous 67 homers through their first 32 games. The Rays have been the best team in baseball, and while they will eventually slow down, it’s fair to expect them to represent the American League in the World Series.
The Braves had the second-most votes by a wide margin, and their series against the Marlins showed exactly why. When healthy, this offense might be the most explosive in baseball. Ronald Acuña Jr. would be the NL MVP if the season ended today, Sean Murphy might finish second, Matt Olson is among the league leaders in home runs, Ozzie Albies is on fire, and Austin Riley and Michael Harris II showed signs of returning to form. Oh, and did I mention Marcell Ozuna, who might finally be turning things around after hitting three homers over the last two games. The Braves also feature arguably the best rotation in baseball, and their bullpen is getting a huge boost with the return of Raisel Iglesias. They are the best team in the National League. Period.
For the one executive that voted for the Astros, I can’t argue with it. They’ve been the class of baseball for the last six years and are the kings until someone knocks them off their pedestal. I also really like the Blue Jays roster. However, I need whatever the executive who voted the Yankees as MLB’s best team is smoking. They are in last place, and frankly, they don’t even look like a playoff team. If the Yankees win the World Series, I’ll eat my words, but I’m confident in saying they won’t come close.
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