The Baltimore Orioles continue to make headlines around the MLB because, after Tuesday night, they own the second-best record in the league.
Granted, they are only 0.5 games ahead of the chasing pack at 20-9, but they have now won three games in a row with their win over the Kansas City Royals.
Beating the Royals should probably happen anyway, given that they have struggled this season, but the Orioles are winning nonetheless, and winning with style.
Baltimore showcased their explosive offense on Tuesday night with an 11-7 win against Kansas City. They are now averaging 5.45 runs per game, which makes them the fifth-best offense in the MLB.
Their pitching, on the other hand, is 15th in the league with an ERA of 4.31.
While this will likely need to improve if the Orioles are going to remain a threat, it certainly could have been a much worse to start the season, and they are 43/20 to make the playoffs.
There is no denying that the Los Angeles Dodgers were struggling at the start of the season.
Less than a week ago, the Dodgers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates to fall to 13-13.
Since then, they have rattled off five wins in a row, most recently a 13-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
During their win streak, the Dodgers, priced at 13/2 to win the World Series, are averaging eight runs per game, which now makes them the fourth-best offense in the MLB.
Overall, they are averaging 5.54 runs per game. Their pitching has also improved during this stretch, allowing 2.2 runs per game.
Their pitching staff still has an overall ERA of 4.30, which ranks 14th in the league, but the recent influx of offense has them on a roll.
This was to be expected, as the Dodgers are much too talented to not be leading the NL West.
There is still a long way to go this season, but the recent winning streak puts the Dodgers in a much better position going forward, and they should only further improve as the season progresses.
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The AL West has been dominated by the Houston Astros recently, as they have enjoyed five division wins in the last six years, and are priced at 20/29 to win again this season.
It also helps that every other team in the division cannot match their talent, as they have won 100+ games in four of their previous six seasons.
This season, however, looks to be shaping up differently, as the Texas Rangers are 2.5 games ahead of the Astros after Tuesday night's games, and are now on offer at 3/1 to win the AL West Division.
The Rangers won their fourth consecutive game on Tuesday, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4.
Meanwhile, the Astros were shut out by the San Francisco Giants, losing 2-0 to fall to a 16-14 record.
Another potential threat this season in the AL West is the 5/1 Los Angeles Angels, who are also 16-14 following a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
The Rangers' success so far has come from their offense, which averages 6.3 runs per game, the second best in the MLB.
The Astros are averaging 4.5 runs per game and sit in 13th in the MLB, while the Angels are averaging 5.1 runs per game and are the eighth-best offense.
All of this is likely going to change, but with the Rangers’ hot start to the season as well to their recent run, including the comeback win on Tuesday, this division may not be as straightforward as it has been in recent seasons.
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