Elite pitching is key to winning World Series championships. However, you still need to be able to score runs in order to win games. The best offenses in the majors can do more than enough damage to carry their teams to the postseason. More importantly, it’s critical to note who are the most potent lineups in case you’re doing some baseball betting on the totals.
We looked at production, talent and potential while evaluating the best offenses in the majors this season. Here is a look at the five best batting lineups in baseball.
1. Houston Astros
Houston is right behind New York and Colorado in terms of runs scored this season. However, they own the best team batting average in the majors, the best slugging percentage and the second-best on-base percentage. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are both MVP candidates. Meanwhile, George Springer has been outstanding this year while Marwin Gonzalez has exceeded all expectations while forcing his way in to a deep lineup. Brian McCann has been a solid contributor at the catcher position as well. The Astros also boast tremendous depth with Carlos Beltran, Alex Bregman, Josh Reddick and Yuri Gurriel. Houston has the best offensive lineup in the majors this season.
2. New York Yankees
The Yankees weren’t considered a top-five offense heading in to the 2017 season. However, the numbers don’t lie. The pinstripes lead the majors in runs scored and on-base percentage while ranking fourth in batting average. Aaron Judge’s breakout season has been the biggest surprise as he has hit .335 with a league-leading 23 home runs and 53 RBI. Nobody could have imaged that that would have been the case. Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Gary Sanchez have all contributed in the power department. Meanwhile, Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Jacob Ellsbury have put together solid seasons. The Yankees have one of the best offensive lineups in the majors this season and a decent nightly bet for the overs.
3. Washington Nationals
Washington ranks fourth in the majors in runs scored with 378. The Nationals have the third-best team batting average, the second-best slugging percentage and the third-best on-base percentage in the majors. Bryce Harper has bounced back with an incredible start to the season including a .318 average, 17 home runs and 51 RBI. The scary part is that his teammate Ryan Zimmerman actually has better numbers at this point. Zimmerman has hit .349 with 19 home runs and 54 RBI. Harper, Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon have led one of the most impressive offenses in the majors this season.
4. Colorado Rockies
Looking back at the preseason rankings it’s clear that Colorado’s offense was also extremely underrated heading in to this season. The Rockies are tied with the Yankees for the most runs scored in the majors so far this season while posting the second-best team batting average, the fifth-best OBP and the sixth-best slugging percentage. Nolan Arenado has delivered another solid season. Meanwhile, Charlie Blackmon, Mark Reynolds and D.J. LeMahieu have all exceeded expectations by a substantial margin. Ian Kinsler is finally healthy again while Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra have also been solid contributors. The Rockies hitters get a small boost playing at home at Coors Field. That said, they still have one of the most talented lineups in the majors.
5. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs rank just 14th in the majors with 323 runs scored this season. However, there is definitely room for improvement for an offense that was widely considered the best in the majors heading in to this season. Chicago ranks 29th in the majors with a .238 batting average but there is no way they don’t improve on that mark. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant both have MVP potential. Javier Baez and Wilson Contreras have been solid. The real improvement will need to come from the rest of the lineup with Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Jon Jay and Addison Russell needing to improve dramatically. The Cubs have the potential to be one of the best offenses in the majors. After a brutal start, it’s only a matter of time before they turn things around.
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