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Last November, the Atlanta Braves won the 2021 baseball World Series in a six-game contest against the Houston Astros. Fast forward to 2022 and the MLB league had to be delayed due to a 99-day lockout between the league and the MLB Player’s Association.

Baseball is finally back to action. Some teams look better prepared for the new season, and they’ve been showing it on the diamond. Others look frail and unprepared.

Luckily, you can have a say on what teams you believe will dominate the MLB this season. And if you need help, take a look at MLB baseball betting picks. You’ll discover the most popular teams according to bettors around the country. Then you could wager on these teams.

In this article, however, we’ll take a look at the top 10-ranked MLB teams at this early stage of the season.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been a force to reckon with under Andrew Friedman’s leadership. Not only has the team participated in five of the last six NL Championship races, but it has also won three of them.

The Dodgers could make it six of seven pennants won during this MLB season. But that’s not the only thing they could achieve. After signing baseman Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers are the team to beat this year.

The Dodgers have been on a roll, winning nine out of 12 MLB games while outscoring competitors 40-9 in the first six games. Now, a lot of things can go wrong in the MLB.

For the Dodgers to win the World Series, they will have to perform consistently and hope none of their major players suffers a major injury.

  1. Toronto Blue Jays

There’s been a lot of hype centered on Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernandez and George Springer. And sure enough, this foursome is a big reason why the Blue Jays could contend for the MLB Championship title this year.

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However, the Blue Jays also boast of a deep rotation squad led by Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios and Hyun Jin Ryu. Will this team make it to the world series? Some pundits believe they will.

However, Toronto’s performance will largely be influenced by the consistency of its young roaster. If they crumble when pressure sets in, the Blue Jays will be lucky to get into the playoffs. But if they keep performing at their best, they could as well win the World Series.

  1. New York Mets

The Mets are 10-4 after 14 games in the MLB this season. That’s not only incredible but it’s also a much better display than what most fans thought of the team at the start of the season.

To expound more, the Mets were +1500 to win the World Series and +135 to nab the NL East division title. The odds have since dropped to +1200, tying the Yankees and Houston at fourth place.

In case you’re wondering, the Dodgers have the best odds at +450 while Toronto ranks second. Depending on how the Mets perform as the season progresses, there’s a big chance their odds will drop.

  1. Houston Astros

The Astros made it to the World Series last year. They might not have won. But their starting lineup of Luis Garcia, Framber Valdez, Jake Odorizzi and Jose Urquidy is still intact.

That means Houston could do a repeat of last season and make it to the World Series once more. Of course, it is easier said than done. And with the team’s mediocre performance so far, Houston might end up not making it to the playoffs.

  1. Atlanta Braves

Similar to Houston, Atlanta is bringing back the lineup they took to last year’s World Series and won. So, why are they not ranked first? For starters, the Braves are on a slow start.

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After playing 14 games in the MLB, they’ve won six and lost eight matches. But then again, it’s early in the season. Better yet, the Braves won the World Series last year even though they were not the best team during the regular season.

In other words, all Atlanta needs is to make it to the playoff. After that, they could use their experience in the playoffs to get an edge over their opponents.

  1. Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa is arguably the second-best team in the AL East. And sure enough, they rank second on the log—Toronto rank first. The Blue Jays have seven out of the 13 games they’ve played.

They’ve had a better record at home. But on the road, Tampa has been struggling to get results (3-3). That said, the Rays are not known for their big signings, at least not in the last couple of years.

Despite that, the Tampa Bay Rays have surpassed many people’s expectations. Last season, they finished first in the AL East after recording an impressive 100-62 record. Unfortunately, they left the playoffs too son: they lost to Boston in the AL Division Series.

  1. New York Yankees

Luis Severino, Josh Donaldson, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa will be lacing up for the Yankees this season. And based on the team’s record after 14 games, the combination seems to be working.

However, the AL East is pretty competitive. If New York hopes to make it to the World Series, they have to figure out how to outperform the Rays and the Blue Jays before it’s too late.

  1. San Diego Padres

There are few teams in the MLB with the quality of pitchers San Diego has. Think of Yu Darvis, Sean Manaea, Joe Musgrove, Nick Martinez and Blake Snell.

All these players will be available in the team’s starting lineup. And considering pitching was San Diego’s main problem last year, things could shape up pretty well for them this year.

  1. Chicago White Sox
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The Guardians might be first in the AL Central, but all odds back Chicago to win this division. For starters, the team’s lineup is healthier this year. And that means all the games they lost due to injured players last year could turn into victories.

  1. Louis Cardinals

Similar to Chicago, St. Louis had a couple of injury problems last season. Now, Miles Mikolas and Dakota Hudson are back. What’s more, the team added Steven Matz to its roster, one of the reasons the Cardinals are leading in the NL Central.

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