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2024 MLB Power Rankings: Are the Phillies the best team in baseball?


Which team is the best in baseball? The answer seems to change every week.

Although the Atlanta Braves have held the top spot in my power rankings this year, only once have they served at No. 1 in consecutive weeks outside of the opening weekend of the season.

Fittingly, there's a new club at the top of my rankings this week — and it's debuting the season at No. 1.

So, without further ado, here are the 10 best clubs in baseball right now with World Series odds from FanDuel Sportsbook!

10. Kansas City Royals (25-17, unplaced last week)
World Series Odds: +9000

The Royals are back in the top 10 after a strong week, winning four of their past five. They are tied for the second-best run differential (plus-49) in the American League. Seth Lugo had another strong outing Sunday, striking out a career-high 12 Angels hitters and allowing just one run over eight innings. He has made a quality start in eight of his nine outings this season. Salvador Perez is coming off his best season in years (.329/.388/.555, eight home runs), Bobby Witt Jr. is a legitimate MVP candidate and Vinny Pasquantino has started to heat up this past week. Kansas City may be for real.

9. Cleveland Guardian (25-16, LW 6)
World Series Odds: +3500

The Guardians had a rough weekend, losing three of four to the Chicago White Sox. But they're still over .500 and lead an AL Central that's suddenly become competitive. Furthermore, Jose Ramirez has finally hit his stride, hitting four off the park since May 5. Josh Naylor has also hit four homers in that stretch, as he and Steven Cowan (.353 batting average) have been hot at the plate.

8. Minnesota Twins (24-16, LW 9)
World Series Odds: +2000

While the Guardians led the division, the Twins surpassed three AL Central teams in the power rankings. Minnesota hasn't slowed since its 12-game winning streak ended last Sunday, winning five of seven. Carlos Santana has hit a pair of clutch homers in the Twins' past three games. Ryan Jeffers also had a strong week, tallying three homers and seven RBIs in his last six games. Joe Ryan and Pablo Lopez are still pitching well, each throwing six-plus innings of one-run ball in their most recent starts.

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers or Phillies No. 1 spot

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers or Phillies No. 1 spot

7. Chicago Cubs (24-17, LW 7)
World Series Odds: +3500

It was a so-so week for the Cubs, going 3-3 against the Padres and Pirates. But Cody Bellinger's return shut down the party at Wrigley, as he made his first game back from injury on Tuesday and suffered another on Friday. His arrival could provide a much-needed spark for his club, as Chicago is just 8-8 after their hot start to the season.

6. Milwaukee Brewers (24-16, LW 8)
World Series Odds: +5000

The Brewers usurped the Cubs in the power rankings this week after taking three of four against the Cardinals in dominant fashion. Rhys Hoskins has provided plenty of power, hitting three home runs in the past five games, and William Contreras is still racking up (.346 batting average). On the mound, Robert Gasser pitched six shutout innings in his MLB debut on Friday.

5. Citizens of North America (27-15, LW 5)
World Series odds: +650

The Yankees are hot again after hitting a brief skid against the Orioles, winning seven of their last nine games. Aaron Judge is finally heating up, too, with three homers last week and hitting .343 in May. Giancarlo Stanton also hit a pair of homers this past week, one of them the hardest hit in baseball this season. It's nice to see Juan Soto finally getting some help in the heart of the lineup. New York's starting pitching has also been solid enough to hold things together with Gerrit Cole heading into his comeback.

Aaron Judge of the Yankees blasted a two-run HR

Yankees' Aaron Judge blasts a two-run HR

4. Atlanta Braves (24-13, LW 4)
World Series odds: +490

The Braves came so close to a combined no-hitter on Saturday, getting all the way to the final out before J.D. Martinez blasted a home run. They came within two outs of a sweep vs. the Mets. This past weekend should allay some concerns about their starting pitching, with Max Fried tossing seven no-hit innings. Chris Sale got off to a great start against his former team a few days ago, pitching six shutout innings with six strikeouts. Their offense hasn't been terrible, but you'd think the hitters outside of Marcell Ozuna would start heating up at some point. They're just not very good.

3. Baltimore Orioles (23-11, LW 3)
World Series Odds: +1100

The Orioles picked up a pair of extra-inning wins this past week, but concerns remain about the back end of their bullpen. Craig Kimbrel was shut out following another provocative save on the weekend. Baltimore certainly has the offense to minimize this problem as it leads the American League in runs per game (5.2). Cole Irvin is also one of baseball's best pitchers of late, giving up just two runs in his last four starts.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-15, LW 1)
World Series Odds: +300

The Dodgers went on a seven-game winning streak over the weekend before the San Diego Padres took two of three. While they were off on Sunday, the Dodgers were still getting contributions from all over the lineup. Teoscar Hernandez hit his 11th homer of the season on Saturday — a grand slam — and he's probably still their sixth-best hitter. LA's starting pitching has been much better lately, as well, and it was Walker Buehler who labored through his first outing after a nearly two-year layoff.

The highlight was the Dodgers' 5-0 win vs. the Padres

The highlight was the Dodgers' 5-0 win vs. the Padres

1. Philadelphia Phillies (28-13, LW 2)
World Series odds: +950

We've got a new team at the top. The Phillies have earned the No. 1 spot after going 8-2 over the past few weeks and playing elite baseball. Bryce Harper had a three-game home run streak last week, while Alec Boehm remains one of the National League's best hitters (.338/.400/.534). Philadelphia will need his production with Trea Turner sidelined for a while. Ranger Suarez added to his early Cy Young case with seven shutout innings on Saturday. He is now second in ERA (1.50) and first in WHIP (0.72) among qualified starters.

Out: Seattle Mariners (10, WS odds: +1800)

Ben Verlander An MLB analyst for Fox Sports and host of “Flippin Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother Justin in Detroit as a 14th-round pick of the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years with the Tigers. Follow him @benverlander.

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