But hey, some queues are deeper and more accomplished than others. So just for fun, while we wait for the next unexpected hero, let’s rank this year’s final World Series prospects based on their infractions. Here’s how we line them up.
Major League Ranks: first in runs (863) and wRC + (116), second in wOBA (.336) and OPS (.783), ninth in home runs (221)
At the end of the line : The Astros were a little more explosive in the first half than the second, and Michael Brantley’s knee issue is a concern right now. But for the year, they have five regulars – Kyle Tucker, Yordan Álvarez, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, and Jose Altuve – with OPS ratings above .800 (Alex Bregman, at .799, and Brantley, at .777, are just below). This is the third season in a row – and the fourth time in the past five seasons – that the Astros have the Majors’ lowest strikeout percentage. This contact skill counts for October. The Astros’ experience might also matter. Last year, when hardly anyone was picking them up, they nearly made their way to another AL pennant.
Major League Ranks: second in runs (857), fourth in wRC + (109), sixth in home runs (222), 10th in OPS (.749) and wOBA (.322)
At the end of the line : The reputation of the Rays is to produce pitch, pitch and more pitch. But they managed to put together an elite team with little certain star power. Mike Zunino, Brandon Lowe and last year’s October sensation Randy Arozarena all achieved OPS + ratings over 25% above the league average. And the arrival of 20-year-old Wander Franco has significantly lengthened one of the most productive rosters in the game. The Rays are also an exceptional baserunning team, which really matters at this time of year.
Major League Ranks: third in OPS (0.777) and wOBA (0.333), fifth in runs (829), sixth in wRC + (107), 10th in home runs (219)
At the end of the line : The late-season emergence of Bobby Dalbec and the addition of Kyle Schwarber made Boston even more dangerous. At Xander Bogaerts, Dalbec, Rafael Devers, Kiké Hernandez, JD Martinez, Hunter Renfroe and Alex Verdugo, the Red Sox have seven top players in the MLB with at least 45 extra hits. Boston is also one of the best in MLB at hitting the shattering ball – a skill that can really play into October.
Major League Ranks: third in wRC + (109), fourth in wOBA (.329), seventh in OPS (.758), 19th in home runs (190), seventh in runs (796)
At the end of the line : The Sox have played most of this season arguably their best hitter in Luis Robert, and Eloy Jiménez has also missed a ton of time and provided only a fraction of his 2020 output since his return in late July. The figures for the full season are therefore only a window into the capabilities of the South Siders. Two things that could work in this club’s favor in the playoffs are a percentage on second base in the AL-only Astros and a relative lack of confidence in the long ball, with just about 39% of the Sox’s runs scored on circuits. (the Major League average is just under 43%).
Major League Ranks: fourth in runs (830) and home runs (237), seventh in wRC + (106), seventh in wOBA (.327), fifth in OPS (.759)
At the end of the line : While still deep and very productive, the Dodgers have struggled to gel all of their roster pieces at once this season, which is why they aren’t ranked as high as they normally would be. Despite the addition of Trea Turner and the return of Corey Seager from injury, the Dodgers were more productive in the first half than in the second, with Max Muncy (who is now out with an elbow problem) and Chris Taylor s collapsing. Cody Bellinger has cratered this season and Mookie Betts has dealt with hip issues. Still, there is plenty to think about for opposing pitchers with this crew.
Major League Ranks: second in home runs (241), fifth in wRC + (108), fourth in OPS (.769) and wOBA (.329), sixth in runs (804)
At the end of the line : This is how you spread love around you. The Giants have 10 players with at least 10 home runs (not counting Kris Bryant, who joins the roster if you count his Cubs home runs) and none with 30. The Giants set the franchise home run record with high contributions. at the bottom of the range. and chasing fast bullets. And while Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey have all had extraordinary seasons, that depth of contribution – including a record number of home runs – is what makes this offense so dangerous on the October stage. The broken thumb of the belt, however, is a big concern. While the Giants might have the depth to overcome the absence of their top hitter, it affects their ranking here.
Major League Ranks: seventh in home runs (222), ninth in wRC + (101), 12th in wOBA (.317), 13th in OPS (.729), 19th in runs (711)
At the end of the line : The Bronx Bombers significantly underperformed expectations, with their lowest full-season race tally since 2016. Seasonal additions from Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo provided additional balance, but not as much of an impact as hoped. On the plus side, the Yankees have recorded the highest hit rate in MLB. And as we saw in the stretches, if Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are both hitting, it can overcome a lot.
Major League Ranks: third in home runs (239), 16th in OPS (.725), 20th in runs (706), ninth in wOBA (.323), 12th in wRC + (98)
At the end of the line : The loss of Ronald Acuña Jr. mid-season was a big blow, but that didn’t stop the Braves from once again making the MLB’s top 10 in points scored. A breakout from Austin Riley, 24, a second-half push from great Freddie Freeman and in-season additions from Adam Duvall, Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario and Joc Pederson helped the Braves make up for Acuña’s absences. and Marcell Ozuna and back to October.
Major League Ranks: 15th in home runs (198), eighth in OPS (.754), 12th in wRC + (98), 16th in wOBA (.312), 20th in runs (706)
At the end of the line : The percentage based on the Cards team is the lowest of all participants in this year’s playoffs. But it was a fundamentally different attacking team in the second half compared to the first (their second half in wRC + ranks fifth in MLB). Much of this is due to the fact that Paul Goldschmidt played like the star he is and gave the Cards the dreaded midpoint of order they envisioned when they acquired Nolan Arenado. The maturation of Tyler O’Neill and a spark from Harrison Bader in the second half also lengthened this roster, and St. Louis’ intelligent and aggressive base run was a major factor in the season’s end of the season run. ‘team.
Major League Ranks: 12th in runs (738), 18th in home runs (194), 19th in wOBA (.310), 20th in OPS (.713), 23rd in wRC + (91)
At the end of the line : Milwaukee has scored just 3.76 points per game in the first two months of the season. The addition of Willy Adames has ignited this team in a big way, averaging over 5 points per game as of June 1. But this formation is still not the threat it would be if Christian Yelich swayed like his former MVP. The Brewers’ slugging percentage is in the MLB’s bottom 10.