During the preseason, many experts had the NL East as the best baseball division. However, each team has been very inconsistent with each team having its issues whether it be with hitting or pitching. The New York Mets are the only team above .500 and each team in the division is looking for ways to improve.
So which division is the best division in the major leagues? As of right now, two divisions come to mind. The preseason favorites for the AL East were the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays and for the NL West, it was the defending champions the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
What Is The Best Division In Baseball
Starting with the NL West, the San Francisco Giants have surprised many critics with a quiet but successful offseason. In doing so, they revived the rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers. The defending champs went on a skid where they lost many one-run games but quickly turned it around by going 9-1 in their last ten games.
The San Diego Padres decided to go for it this offseason with numerous trades, signings, and the emergence of Fernando Tatis Jr. With Tatis coming off the IL due to Covid, the bats have certainly picked up as they also went 9-1 in their last ten games. In doing so, the Padres have the best record in baseball.
The Colorado Rockies (19-29) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (18-30) are in rebuild mode as they are both already over ten games behind to be competitive in the division. They will most likely be sellers by the trade deadline.
The AL East is also a very strong division and has been surprisingly competitive this season. Many believed that it would be a two-team race between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays as the Boston Red Sox finished the shortened 2020 season twelve games under .500. The World Series runner-ups, Tampa Rays, looked like the team was going to enter a quick rebuild as they traded their former ace to the Padres for prospects.
The Baltimore Orioles are (17-30), but have witnessed a masterful performance by John Means who threw potentially one of the greatest no-hitters in history three weeks ago. The Toronto Blue Jays have struggled as they lost six games in a row against, losing two out of three to the Red Sox and getting swept by the Rays. This losing streak has put the Jays at .500 with a (23-23) record.
The New York Yankees have gone 8-2 in their last ten games, but their offense has been very inconsistent so far. The Boston Red Sox have found some surprises in the rotation as Nick Pivetta has been a solid starter and Rule 5 Draft pickup Garrett Whitlock has been a solid find for the bullpen.
The offense has been solid as Xander Boegarts is batting .345 and J.D. Martinez batting .328. The Rays have been a very good defensive team and have won eleven games in a row. Randy Arozarena is heating up and their defense has been superb.
The AL East has four teams above .500 and the NL West has three teams above.500. On paper, it seems like the AL East is the best division, but in terms of power rankings, the Dodgers and Padres deserve to be in the first and second spot. I have the Blue Jays outside the top 10 with the Giants in the top 10, and with that being said, I would give a slight edge to the NL West.
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