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MLB Highs and Lows: Dodgers Move To the Top Of the National League

Dodgers Have Won Five Games In A Row

Even with some recent losses, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to have the best record in the majors and dominate the MLB news cycle. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in the National League.

The early pennant races are nothing to write home about at the current time with at least three games separating the first and second-place teams in five of the six divisions.

MLB Highs and Lows: Dodgers Move To the Top Of the National League
Starting pitcher Shane McClanahan #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays | Patrick smith/getty images/afp

The Los Angeles Dodgers moved by the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League as that shouldn’t be a surprise considering that they were one of the NL favorites coming into the season according to the MLB predictions.

The Oakland Athletics are starting to play better, but still are at the bottom of the weekly power rankings.

When looking at the MLB picks, the Atlanta Braves (+550) have the best odds to win the World Series. The Dodgers and Rays are tied at +750 with the Houston Astros for the second-best mark.

Here’s a look at the teams at the top and bottom of the weekly power rankings. Check out our MLB picks, stats, injury reports and MLB predictions. There’s plenty of MLB betting info to consider.

Top Five

1. Rays

Tampa Bay is starting to come back to the pack just a little bit.

The Rays just split a four-game series with the New York Yankees with each of the contests being decided by one run and that followed the Baltimore Orioles winning the final two games to take a three-game series. Even with some losses being mixed in, Tampa Bay still has a four-game lead in the American League East Division with the second-place Orioles having a better record than any other team in the majors.

The Rays still lead the majors with a .275 batting average, .349 on-base percentage, .508 slugging percentage, 81 home runs, 260 runs scored, a 3.26 team ERA and .215 opposing batting average. However, there is another injury to a starting pitcher to be concerned with as Drew Rasmussen went on the 60-day injured list.

Shortstop Wander Franco has hits in nine of his last 10 games while Shane McClanahan is 7-0 with a 2.34 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 50 innings. McClanahan continues to make a move in the Cy Young Award odds according to the sportsbook.

  • Championship odds: +750

2. Dodgers

So much for a San Diego Padres making a dent on the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West Division.

Los Angeles swept a three-game series from the Padres to extend its winning streak to five games.

The bullpen was light’s out, allowing six hits and no runs with 10 strikeouts in 8⅓ innings in the three games. The pitching staff held the Padres to a 2-for-19 effort with runners in scoring position.

The Dodgers are 10-2 in May and the 2.61 ERA during the month is the tops in the majors.

Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Will Smith and Chris Taylor all have OPS marks higher than 1.000 and slugging percentages between .643-.689 in May. The Las Vegas MLB odds has Freeman and Betts among front-runners in the NL MVP odds,

  • Championship odds: +750

3. Orioles

Baltimore would be sitting in first place in every other division in baseball. The Orioles have won nine of their last 10 series and only trail the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays by four games.

Tyler Wells and Dean Kremer are a combined 4-0 with an ERA of 1.80 in May. Relief pitcher Yennier Cano has yet to allow a run in 19⅔ innings, while Felix Bautista is among the top closers in baseball.

Anthony Santander is batting .341 in May, catcher Adley Rutschman is hitting .282 with an on-base percentage of .429. Keep that in mind when it comes time to look at the MLB live betting odds.

The Orioles have drawn the third-most walks and stolen the fourth-most bases in the majors. Their next 13 games are against teams with winning records so this will be an interesting stretch for the Orioles.

  • Championship odds: +5000

4. Rangers

Texas leads the American League with a 7-3 mark over the last 10 games.

The Rangers are batting .331 with runners in scoring position. No other team in the majors is even at .280. Marcus Semien (.513 average, 28 RBIs), Jonah Heim (.500 average, 26 RBIs) and Adolis Garcia (.400 average, five home runs and 34 RBIs) lead the way.

The +97 run differential is second only to the Rays with the Rangers scoring at least 10 runs four times in the month of May.

Nathan Eovaldi (5-2, 2.70 ERA, 56 strikeouts) has been the ace of the staff without the injured Jacob deGrom.

  • Championship odds: +2200

5. Blue Jays

Yes, another American League East team.

The Blue Jays have won three games in a row and are a sizzling 12-3 at home this season.

The Blue Jays won the last two games against the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves.

Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Matt Chapman and Kevin Kiermaier are all hitting higher than .300. Chris Bassitt hasn’t allowed a run in his last two games, allowing six hits over 16 innings.

The Blue Jays are fourth in the American League with a .259 batting average and also rank fourth with 78 doubles.

  • Championship odds: +1200

Bottom Five

26. Giants

The Giants just dropped three of four games to the Arizona Diamondbacks to fall 8½ games out of first place in the National League West Division.

The Giants are 7-13 on the road this season and have a 4.72 ERA away from home.

More will be needed from outfielder Michael Conforto (.193 average) and infielder David Villar (.148).

San Francisco plays the next six games at home against the Philadelphia Phillies (20-20) and Miami Marlins (20-21), so perhaps the Giants will move out of the bottom five.

  • Championship odds: +7000

27. Rockies

The Rockies are another team showing signs of life after taking recent series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Rockies are tied for the second-worst run differential among National League teams.

The starting pitching can be somewhat of a nightmare when Kyle Freeland isn’t on the mound, and it doesn’t help that German Marquez will miss the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Ryan McMahon, C.J. Cron, Ezequiel Tovar and Jurickson Profar are all hitting less than .230. Colorado has just 33 home runs. The Rockies’ starters have allowed 38.

  • Championship odds: +100000

28. Cardinals

St. Louis seems to be figuring things out just a little bit thanks to a three-game win streak.

The Cardinals still have the worst record in the National League and are one of three teams in the National League with losing records at home and on the road.

The Cardinals (16-25) have a 4.54 ERA. Steven Matz (0-4, 5.62 ERA) and Jack Flaherty (2-4, 6.18 are among the struggling pitchers as the St. Louis starters are 7-16, 5.32.

St. Louis has only been outscored by 10 runs this season so perhaps better days are coming.

  • Championship odds: +4000

29. Royals

The Royals have lost three games in a row and are already 11½ games out of first place in the AL Central.

The Royals are 6-17 at home this season. Jordan Lyles is 0-7 with a 7.14 ERA and Zack Greinke is 1-4, 5.01. Six others have ERAs of 5.00 or higher.

Only the Tigers and White Sox have a lower team on-base percentage than the Royals this season.

  • Championship odds: +50000

30. Athletics

After winning back-to-back games against Kansas City, it is business as usual for the worst team in the majors.

Oakland has lost seven of the last eight games and have been outscored 60-23 in that span.

Oakland’s starters are 2-22 with a 7.47 ERA and 46 home runs allowed. The offense has been saved by Brent Rooker as he is hitting .308 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs.

The next six games come against teams with winning records so it could be a challenge for Oakland to become the final MLB club to hit the 10-win mark this season.

  • Championship odds: +100000

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