MLB Playoffs: The Most Dangerous Teams
Their big-ticket purchases of
Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Freddie Freeman
over the past three years have given them a lineup as full as a Marvel movie poster.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Even though Justin Verlander has a 1.75 ERA at age 39, the organization's pitching development as a whole might be even more otherworldly.
This year, it was the platform of a race between Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider for NL Rookie of the Year.
Aaron Judge has hit 62 home runs, which makes it even harder for him to sneak up on people than it is for the average 6-foot-7 athlete.
New York Yankees
Even though they didn't do well against Atlanta, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Chris Bassitt make a strong team.
New York Mets
Shane Bieber will be joined this month by starter Triston McKenzie and any of a half dozen relievers.
Since the All-Star break, Adam Wainwright, Albert Pujols, and Yadier Molina have hit more home runs than any other team.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Blue Jays have a lot of power hitters. In addition to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette has been on a tear since the summer.
Toronto Blue Jays
Manny Machado is having one of his best seasons, and San Diego may need him to carry the lineup on his back to get further.
San Diego Padres
The Phillies are led by J.T. Realmuto, Bryce Harper, and the NL home run champion, Kyle Schwarber.
They are young and have a lot of talent. Julio Rodriguez is their leader. Second half batting average was 29th and the sixth most home runs.
Their best hitter, Yandy Diaz, hit an unbelievable nine home runs. Like their other recent contenders, this one has a lot of good pitchers, which gives it strength.
Tampa Bay Rays