1. Philadelphia Phillies (49-30, 1st in NL East by 5.0 games)
No team has more wins than Philly, now imagine if Chase Utley starts to hit…
2. New York Yankees (45-31, 1st in AL East by 0.5 game)
The Yankees own baseball’s best run differential (+97), having scored 399 runs and given up only 302.
3. Boston Red Sox (45-32, 2nd in AL East, 0.5 GB)
The BoSox lead all of MLB in runs (405), batting average (.278), on base percentage (.353), and slugging (.450).
4. Milwaukee Brewers (44-35, 1st in NL Central by 3.0 games)
Ryan Braun (.308 avg, 16 hr, 59 rbi, 17 steals) and Prince Fielder (.305 avg, 21 hr, 68 rbi, 51 walks) are both on pace to have career years.
5. San Francisco Giants (44-34, 1st in NL West by 1.5 games)
The reigning champs continue to get outstanding pitching performances from their starters, and closer Brian Wilson is a legitimate contender for NL Cy Young (5-1, 2.50 ERA, 23/25 saves).
6. Tampa Bay Rays (44-34, 3rd in AL East, 2.0 GB)
Behind James Shields’ stellar season (6 complete games, 3 shutouts), the resurgent Rays find themselves 2 games back in the division, having won 8 of their last 10 contests.
7. Detroit Tigers (42-36, 1st in AL Central by 1.0 game)
Brennan Boesch has given the Tigers ample production out of left field, batting .299 with 10 homers and 38 runs batted in.
8. Cleveland Indians (40-36, 2nd in AL Central, 1.0 GB)
The Tribe seems to be treading water as of late, but continue to find ways to win thanks to breakout star Asdrubal Cabrera (.293 avg, 12 hr, 44 rbi).
9. Atlanta Braves (44-35, 2nd in NL East, 5.0 GB)
Jair Jurrjens is turning out to be yet another Atlanta ace, boasting a 10-3 record with a scintillating 2.07 ERA.
10. Texas Rangers (41-38, 1st in AL West by 2.0 games)
Despite losing three straight decisions, Rangers rookie Alexi Ogando (7-3) still boasts a 2.87 ERA and an even better 1.03 WHIP.
If the season ended today:
1. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Red Sox
2. Jose Bautista, RF, Blue Jays
3. Curtis Granderson, CF, Yankees
1. Prince Fielder, 1B, Brewers
2. Matt Kemp, CF, Dodgers
3. Ryan Braun, LF, Brewers
AL Cy Young
1. Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
2. Jered Weaver, SP, Angels
3. James Shields, SP, Rays
NL Cy Young
1. Roy Halladay, SP, Phillies
2. Jair Jurrjens, SP, Braves
3. Cole Hamels, SP, Phillies
1. Philadelphia Phillies (33-20; 1st NL East)
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels have combined to go 17-9 with a 2.93 ERA, 250 strikeouts and only 44 walks.
2. Cleveland Indians (31-19; 1st AL Central)
Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .452 (19/42) with runners in scoring position this season.
3. Boston Red Sox (30-23; 1st AL East)
Adrian Gonzalez (45) and Kevin Youkilis (34) trail only Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder (42) and Ryan Braun (38) for the duo with the most RBI.
4. Florida Marlins (30-21; 2nd NL East)
Leo Nunez leads all of baseball with 18 saves in 19 chances.
5. St. Louis Cardinals (32-22; 1st NL Central)
Lance Berkman (.354 AVG/.473 OBP) and Matt Holliday (.347/.440) are making up for Albert Pujols’ slow start (.257/.326).
6. Milwaukee Brewers (29-24; 2nd NL Central)
Ryan Braun ranks top 10 in the majors in runs (40), hits (62), triples (3), homers (12), RBI (38), total bases (114), walks (31) and steals (13).
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (29-24; 1st NL West)
Superb pitching has led Arizona to a MLB best 9-1 in their last 10 games.
8. New York Yankees (28-23; 2nd AL East)
Derek Jeter is only 20 hits away from becoming the first New York Yankee to reach 3,000.
9. Texas Rangers (28-25; 1st AL West)
Josh Hamilton has driven in a run in 4 of 6 games since coming off the disabled list May 23.
10. Tampa Bay Rays (28-24; 3rd AL East)
Jeremy Hellickson, 6-3 with a 2.80 ERA, looks to be the early favorite for AL Rookie of the Year.
If the season ended today:
AL MVP: Jose Bautista – RF – TOR
NL MVP: Ryan Braun – LF – MIL
AL Cy Young: Trevor Cahill – SP – OAK
NL Cy Young: Jair Jurrjens – SP – ATL