As we find ourselves halfway through the 2021 MLB season, we wanted to look at the most prolific offensive lineups in baseball. We have factored in both production-to-date and expected production the rest of the way. For example, a team like the Tampa Bay Rays has a rather pedestrian OPS of .713 (15th) but has recently called up two of the game’s best-hitting prospects in Wander Franco and Vidal Brujan. These two additions will undoubtedly bolster their lineup, but is it enough to top our list of the best lineups in baseball? Find out now.
In no particular order, these are the five best baseball lineups right now.
Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying the dynamic nature of the Astros’ lineup. They currently lead Major League Baseball in Hits, Runs, RBIs, Batting Average, OBP, and OPS. Six of their sluggers are already into double digits for home runs, and seven of their hitters boast OPS’s over .800. The lineup is deep in every aspect imaginable, and we don’t expect it to slow down anytime soon. If you’re an AL pitcher interested in maintaining a respectable ERA, steer clear of Houston for the rest of 2021 (and beyond.)
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have responded to a dreadful 2020 season in a MAJOR way. Led by the All Star trio of Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, Boston boasts bats with pop throughout their lineup. They lead the league in doubles and find themselves comfortably in the top-5 of most major offensive categories. Boston will have to slug their way through October, given the general mediocrity in their starting rotation, barring a significant deal at the deadline. But who’s to say they won’t...?
Los Angeles Dodgers
Many of you are likely amidst some level of Dodger fatigue. They’ve been atop the league for the better half of the past decade, and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, they’ve battled the injury bug as both Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger have been sidelined for more than half the team’s games. Unfortunately for the rest of the league, Bellinger has already returned, and Seager shouldn’t be too far behind him. There may not be a better lineup in baseball than the one boasted by the reigning champs when healthy. And as if that wasn’t enough, both Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw (pitchers) are hitting over .200 with 11 combined RBIs. The rich seem to keep getting richer.
Toronto Blue Jays
The young stars have officially arrived. Having split their home games between Bradenton, FL and Buffalo, NY, the Blue Jays are still yet to take the field at their home stadium in Toronto. But whenever they are allowed to return, it’s safe to anticipate one of the most electrifying home-field advantages in the game. Canada is buzzing with excitement over their only MLB team. Budding superstars Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette headline a talented lineup that includes three starters on the American League All Star team. In a world without Shohei Otani, Guerrero Jr. would be the runaway favorite for AL MVP as he’s currently sporting an OPS north of 1.100! For comparison, his Hall of Fame father finished three seasons with an OPS above 1.000 and never completed a season above 1.100. The Baby Jays are growing up right before our eyes. Let’s just hope they have enough in the tank and on the bump to make some noise this fall.
Likely the most significant offensive surprise in baseball has been the Cincinnati Reds. They narrowly edged out the equally surprising San Francisco Giants for this final spot in our list. The Reds will be represented at the 91st All Star Game by two starting outfielders. Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker have both turned in career years to kickoff the 2021 campaign. Castellanos leads the league in doubles and extra-base hits, while Winker has continued to tear the cover off the ball all year long. The reason we love the Reds lineup has more to do with “the others” than it does the previously mentioned stars, though. Eugenio Suarez got off to an atrocious start. Still, the 29-year old is just two years removed from a 49 home run season and appears to be finding his stride as we head into the break. Add in a healthy Mike Moustakas, savvy veteran Joey Votto, and upstart rookie Jonathan India. This quickly becomes the most potent lineup in the NL Central.
Honorable Mentions: San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves.
In an offensive era, these are the lineups that stand above the rest. Did we leave off your favorite team? Hit us up on social media to tell us where we went wrong!
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