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1. Los Angeles Dodgers (69-50; LW: 7) – Zuckerman: No, they don't have MLB's best record. But when you win 39 of 47, you deserve No. 1 ranking.
2. Atlanta Braves (74-47; LW: 1) – Roney: Beachy continues to provide a big boost to Atlanta's rotation, after a shaky debut. Better than trading for an ace at the deadline, for sure.
3. Boston Red Sox (72-50; LW: 2) – Roney: Their monster road swing isn't going all that great so far — but the good news is, the Rays and Os are struggling even worse right now.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (71-48; LW: 3) – Hughes: Pittsburgh is starting to slip as the Cardinals and Reds are surging. The NL Central is about to get real interesting.
5. Detroit Tigers (70-49; LW: 4) – Hughes: With the frontrunners for AL MVP and Cy Young in store, this could be their year. Verlander has to come around for it to happen, though.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (68-51; LW: 5) – Hughes: It doesn't matter who they throw out there or when, the Cardinals know how to win ballgames, especially this time of year.
7. Texas Rangers (70-51; LW: 9) – Zuckerman: Yu Darvish is only the 3rd pitcher in history with five 14-strikeout games in a season. The others: Nolan Ryan, Pedro Martinez.
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