Dodgers? Yankees? Fathers? Who has the toughest team after the trade deadline?

Alright, that’s it. These are the teams that will compete for places in October and then fight for World Series supremacy. The MLB’s trade deadline has given the game of baseball a major overhaul, but now teams will have to play their hands as is. So with the deals in the rearview mirror and the stretch ahead, who has the better team going forward?

It’s time to reset our understanding and assess who has the best roster to win over the next two (or three) months.

We’ve had a big part of the season so far , but of course the Dodgers took the lead. They both entered Thursday with the best record in baseball, period, and should finish with him by and .

With the fathers‘huge commercial delay, the brave‘ the perpetual victory and the general energizing of dishes, the Dodgers will certainly have some competition in October. The top row of their depth chart – you know, the one that includes Mookie Bets, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman – is as strong as anyone, but admittedly tighter competition than a week ago.

What sets the Dodgers apart, as always, is the depth of entry-level quality. Suddenly, that includes Joey Gallo’s recovery draft, as well as up-and-coming young hitters like Miguel Vargas.

You can never be sure a team will win a World Series, but the hunt for the Dodgers becomes a near certainty.

3. New York Yankees

Remember, we are looking forward, not backward. The Astros have a slightly worse record than the Yankees right now, but they have a fuller, well-stocked squad heading into October. And really, that’s really where this match is headed.

A veteran of five straight ALCS appearances, Houston boasts the best starting throwing depth in the league. Justin Verlander, Framber ValdezLuis Garcia, Jose Urquidy and Christian Xavier make up the rotation right now, but general manager James Click and manager Dusty Baker will soon have the enviable task of deciding what to do with an extra arm or two when Lance McCullers Jr. returns from injury.

The Yankees have Judge Aaron, which is a pretty huge deal. And they rightfully found outstanding contributors in Nestor Cortes, Jose Trevino and many others. The ding that can cost them against the Astros, or anyone else, is the uncertainty at the back of their rotation. To negotiate Jordan Montgomery means they have to cross their fingers for Louis Severino return in time and may their otherwise supremely good injury chance continue.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

4. New York Foods

5. San Diego Padres

6. Atlanta Braves

Did the Padres make up ground ()? Well, of course they did. They’re not really going to catch the NL West Dodgers, who are a dozen games up. But they can be head-to-head in a playoff series – or in a delicious three-game set coming this weekend.

If you ask , the Padres tied for the rest of the season virtually with the Dodgers … and the Mets and Braves. The NL East titans are in a tighter race, and no matter how it goes, both think they have something to say about the NL pennant. The Braves did more at the trade deadline to bolster their chances, but the Mets’ ultimate advantage still comes down to the health of a certain Jacob deGrom. If he can stay on the field and pitch alongside Max Scherzer, the Mets have the best starting pitcher on the planet.

An X factor to watch out for, though? Moustached rookie Spencer Strider has a 3.02 ERA since joining the rotation in May and has allowed a run or less in eight of his 13 starts while hitting the world. Braves management said he was not subject to any kind of inning limit. He’s lined up to face deGrom — one of the only starters to throw harder than him — at Citi Field on Sunday.

7. Toronto Blue Jays

8. Philadelphia Phillies

9. Milwaukee Brewers

All of these teams are waiting for things that should happen, but might not happen, to reach their ultimate forms. The Blue Jays need more Bo Bichette and Jose Berrios. The Phillies need Bryce Harper to come back and their timeout additions to stabilize the black holes. The Brewers need Freddy Peralta back and training to pick up a bit.

These are all teams capable of going wild through October — thanks in large part to a dominant tee shot — if they can get their groove on.

10. Seattle Sailors

11. Minnesota Twins

These AL contenders can smell the playoffs and add some pitching to help. The Mariners won’t win their division, unlike the Twins, but they could have the highest cap in October. The addition of Luis Castillo takes their young duo of Logan Gilbert and George Kirby from “nervous picks for Game 2” to “exciting options for Game 3”.

12. Tampa Bay Rays

13. Cardinals of St. Louis

These teams are each working a coin toss chance of qualifying for the playoffs, as estimated by PECOTA. You would be hard pressed to say that they made huge progress by the deadline. The Cardinals made smart, if stealthy, additions to their pitching roster in Jordan Montgomery and Jose Quintana, while the Rays added a particularly interesting on-the-fly development draft in center fielder Jose Siri.

Do we believe they both will ? .

14. San Francisco Giants

15. Chicago White Sox

16. Boston Red Sox

17. Cleveland Guardians

If there’s a team on the periphery that can make a run and shake things up, it’s probably in this group. But if you feel strongly about any of them, well, you apparently have more confidence than any of their front offices.

Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman plays during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, July 29, 2022 in Cincinnati.  (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman plays during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, July 29, 2022 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

18. Baltimore Orioles

19. Miami Marlins

I don’t think the Orioles actually have a Miracle on Grass playoff run in them, but they don’t need to to count this season as a resounding victory. First-choice-turned-rookie wide receiver Adley Ruschman looks like the real deal: He’s hitting .252/.353/.446, looks like a balanced leader, and knocks on the door of the game’s elite wide receiver club under 60 games in his major league career.

20. Arizona Diamonds

21. Chicago Cubs

22. Los Angeles Angels

23.Texas Rangers

We have reached the rudderless part of the ranking. Neither of those teams are going anywhere this season — and two of them have seriously jeopardized their chances of going anywhere soon with confusing trade deadlines — so the Diamondbacks get top spot for having a super farming system. promising.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates

25. Kansas City Royals

26. Detroit Tigers

27. Cincinnati Reds

28. Colorado Rockies

29. Oakland A

30. Washington Nationals

Look, if you’re going to see a bad team the rest of the season, can I recommend the Pirates? Oneil Cruz — a circus mirror Aaron Judge who plays shortstop – still has sea legs in the majors. He hits too much, doesn’t walk enough, etc. But he’s starting to sway. Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .257 with four home runs, .

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