With these latest rankings there is not only a new team on top, but new teams ranking at the top of both the National and American Leagues. A pair of perennial contenders in each league, the NL's Saint Louis Cardinals and AL's New York Yankees, have each collapsed from fringe contention to a scramble now trying to save their seasons.
Two months is now plenty of time to get a legitimate read on where the 30 teams of Major League Baseball stand. The season's first Power Rankings have been tabulated, with the NL's San Diego Padres and AL's Tampa Bay Rays sitting at the top.
Based on their current roster, the talent levels and questions marks involving the other contenders, and the fact that I believe Dombrowski will work aggressively in-season to further improve that roster at every chance, this 2021 Phillies team could win the NL East.
Sure, the 2020 season just ended for the Philadelphia Phillies less than 24 hours ago. And yes, there are many questions to be answered over the coming off-season in regards to a number of positions. But it's not too early to examine what we can be fairly certain about next year.