The entire league should be put on notice as the Houston Astros have roared back from what was a slow start in their eyes.
Another win on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels makes it three wins in a row and 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Astros do trail the equally hot Texas Rangers by 2.5 games in the American League West, but with the number one pitching staff in the league, this is a lead that could evaporate in a matter of days.
It is true that the offense ranks just 14th in total runs, but it is also fair to say that they are improving by the game and are winning regardless.
If you want to jump on the Astros bandwagon, you can back them at odds of +500 to win the World Series and +260 to win the American League.
The New York Mets continued their struggles on Saturday afternoon, dropping their second straight game to the .
Being inconsistent has really defined their season thus far and they have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league through roughly the first two months.
For a team that spends as much money as the Mets, you would think they would be better than 30-29, while sitting in third place in the National League East.
Even over their last 10 games, they are just 5-5, further proving that the Mets just might not be a good team. During their current two game losing streak, they have scored a total of one run.
Looking further back at their last 10 games, the Mets are averaging just 4.5 runs per game. Again, this lack of offense is surprising given the names in their lineup, such as Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil.
While their pitching hasn't been horrible, it also hasn't been great. The Mets brought in Justin Verlander in the offseason to be their star, but he has struggled so far, posting an ERA of 4.25 in six starts.
Max Scherzer has been their best starting pitcher, but still has an ERA of just 3.21, which is decent, but likely worse than what he is capable of. There's also the issue of the bullpen, which ranks 20th in the league.
Overall, the Mets have been average at best. However, with how the National League is starting to shape up with teams like Pittsburgh and Miami playing well, the Mets must make a move soon, or there is a real chance that they may miss the postseason completely.
If you have faith that the Mets can start to turn their season around, you can back them at odds of +1000 to win the World Series and +450 to win the National League.
As previously mentioned, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins have been two teams that have been playing above expectations so far this season. In fact, it is fair to say that both of these teams are among the hottest in the league right now.
In terms of Pittsburgh, they have won four games in a row and have shaken off their run of poor baseball from a few weeks ago. The Pirates beat the struggling St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday by a score of 4-3 and are +10000 to win the World Series.
The Marlins on the other hand, have pushed their way to second place in the National League East division, and trail the by 3.5 games. They have won two games in a row, most recently a 12-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
If you believe the Marlins can continue their success, you can back them at odds of +4500 to win the World Series, +1200 to clinch the National League East and +230 to make the playoffs.