As we get closer to the All-Star Break, it's starting to look more and more like the Atlanta Braves are the best team in baseball.
As it stands, the Braves are 52-27, just a half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who are 54-28.
The Braves are currently riding a four-game winning streak and are 9-1 in their last 10 games. This streak continued on Tuesday as they beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2.
The Braves have been winning a ton of games recently thanks to their home runs, which was emphasized when they hit five more against Minnesota, including three in the first inning. This performance came against one the Twins’ best pitchers too in Joe Ryan.
To further highlight how dominant the Braves have been, they are 19-4 in the month of June, opening a healthy National League East division lead over the Miami Marlins of 6.5 games.
Fuelled by their offense, the Braves are averaging six runs per game during their current win streak, while allowing 3.5 runs per game.
What makes the Braves such a good team is the fact that any part of their lineup has proven they can get the big hit.
The Braves have what looks to be the deepest lineup in baseball and that has translated to a win almost every night.
Even though the Braves are starting to lose some of their future value based on their recent performances, they are +280 to win the World Series and +135 to win the National League.
This occasion was no different as the Halos won the game by a score of 4-2 against the Chicago White Sox.
Ohtani put in an historic performance, one not seen from an American League pitcher in nearly 60 years.
He dazzled on the mound, striking out 10 batters, while allowing just one earned run. He also hit two home runs in the same game to help pad the Angels’ lead.
Ohtani is once again the MLB leader in home runs with 28, and the Angels have benefited greatly from it.
With the win on Tuesday night, the Angels are now 44-37 on the season and trail the Texas Rangers by five games in the American League West division.
That being said, the Angels have put themselves squarely in the Wild Card conversation and sit as the second Wild Card team, behind only the Baltimore Orioles.
They have won three of their last four games, including the 25-1 rout over the Colorado Rockies this past weekend.
With Ohtani continuing to improve and Mike Trout still considered as one of the elite players in the league, this is a team that is sneaky good and starting to build momentum.
The Angels are +2200 to win the World Series and +1100 to claim the American League title.
The Miami Marlins have no doubt been one of the most surprising teams this season and they continue to push for a playoff berth.
The Marlins beat the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night by a score of 10-1, giving them their third win in a row - the second longest winning streak in the MLB, behind only the Braves.
Miami is currently 46-34 on the season and, despite having a solid record, they trail the Braves by 6.5 in the National League East division.
They do, however; hold the top Wild Card spot in the National League at the moment, with the San Francisco Giants trailing by just half a game.
During their three-game win streak, the Marlins are averaging 5.33 runs per game. They are allowing just 1.33 runs per game and have been thriving off solid pitching.
Moving forward, the Marlins will likely need to be more consistent offensively, but as it stands they are a solid team and have the potential to make a surprising playoffs run.
The Marlins are +3300 to win the World Series, +1700 to secure the National League title and +1300 to claim the National League East crown.