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Updated MLB power rankings: Tampa Bay Rays rising past other contenders

Jim Harbaugh

Four teams have already totaled more than 80 wins this season and seem to have separated themselves from the rest of the field. However, the team with the best record in MLB may be separating itself from the rest of the league. Below are the teams that sit atop the latest MLB power rankings.

1. Atlanta Braves (90-46)

Comfortably possessing the league’s best record, the Atlanta Braves have won 10 of their last 12 games and hold a commanding 15-game lead in the NL East over the second place Philadelphia Phillies. Seven Braves have hit at least 20 home runs this season, led by first baseman Matt Olson, who is also tied for the league lead in homers (44) with Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani. As a team, the Braves (259 home runs) have hit 46 more home runs than the next closest team (Dodgers - 213 home runs).

2. Tampa Bay Rays (83-54)

Despite annually having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays are surging toward a fifth straight postseason appearance. The Rays’ bats have helped them find success this season, as the team ranks top five in the league in batting average, RBI, home runs and runs scored. Tampa Bay’s pitching staff isn’t too shabby either, as the team sits fifth in the league in ERA (3.81).

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (84-52)

The Dodgers are coming off a telling series with the Atlanta Braves in which they lost three of four games. Nevertheless, Los Angeles is headed for an 11th straight postseason appearance and looking to win a second World Series in four years. Dodgers superstars Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are both having outstanding seasons at the plate, while Clayton Kershaw is once again the team’s top pitcher. After Kershaw, it will be interesting to see how the Dodgers’ pitchers fare in the postseason.

4. Baltimore Orioles (85-51)

The Baltimore Orioles haven’t reached the playoffs since 2016, a drought that will likely end this season. Baltimore leads the Rays by 2.5 games in the AL East, a division the Orioles haven’t won in nearly a decade. Thirteen Orioles are batting at least .240 this season, while the team has only one player batting at least .300 — first baseman Ryan O’Hearn. Nevertheless, Baltimore is in a good position to end their postseason drought and make noise once they get there.

5. Texas Rangers (76-60)

Locked in a heated battle for the AL West crown with the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners, the Texas Rangers are also seeking their first postseason appearance since 2016. Spearheaded by the strength of their bats, Texas ranks in the top 3 in the league in runs scored, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. The Rangers still have three games against Houston and seven games against Seattle left on their regular season schedule.

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