Top 10 lineups for the 2023 MLB season

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    Starling Marte is on the move.

Is it too early to say that the Mets have the best lineup in MLB now that they have Will Carlos Correa?

Well, as Giants fans know, it's too early to say the Mets have Carlos Correa.

Anyway, while we wait for the results of Correa's latest physical, let's go ahead and rank the top 10 lineups in MLB right now.

Usually I wait until right before Labor Day. to Inaugural to put together this list. (And I, uh, reserve the right to update this 100 times between now and then.) But Wednesday's astounding news about Correa's possible move from one coast to the other, on the heels of many other Hot Stove moves, was all too good an opportunity to take on this important task.

like this what here Let's go (and did I mention this is subject to change?).

1. Mets
1) Brandon Nimmo, CF
2) Carlos Correa, 3B^
3) Francisco Lindor, SS
4) Pete Alonso, 1B
5) Jeff McNeil, 2B
6) Starling Marte, RF
7) Daniel Vogelbach, DH
8) Marcos Canha, LF
9) Omar Narváez, C
/> ^Pending Physique
You can accuse me of being a prisoner of the moment, and I'll take it for granted. calmly. Because there is strong statistical support for this classification. The best means we have of measuring overall offensive impact, adjusted for league and stadium conditions, is plus-weighted runs created. The Mets ranked third in the Majors in wRC+ (116, or 16 percent better than the league average) in 2022 and first in the second half (124). They had a perceptible power problem, but one that would be substantially addressed by the inclusion of Correa. And there's a good chance that the Mets' top prospect, receiver Francisco Álvarez, will be a big upgrade in that area as well.

2. Parents
1) Fernando Tatis Jr., LF^
2) Juan Soto, RF
3) Manny Machado, 3B
4) Xander Bogaerts, SS
5) Jake Cronenworth, 1B
6) Matt Carpinter, DH
7) Ha-Seong Kim, 2B
8) Austin Nola, C
9) Trent Grisham, CF
^It will be lost. 20 regular season games while serving suspension
Gosh, that was fun writing that top part of the order. like this So imagine how much fun he will have. Bob Melvin writing it. The Padres' offense didn't really mesh well. He will be in the final two months of the regular season as we thought he would after the Soto trade, but the addition of Bogaerts (.880 OPS over the last five seasons) and pending return de Tatis would give them by far the best 1-4 in MLB. There are more question marks in the bottom half, but if Carpenter wants to go ballistic again, all the better.

3. Astros
1) José; Altuve, 2B
2) Jeremy Peña, SS
3) Yordan Álvarez, LF
4) Alex Bregman, 3B
5) Kyle Tucker, RF
6) José Abreu, 1B
7) Michael Brantley, DH
8) Chas McCormick, CF
9) Martín Maldonado, C
The Astros ranked sixth in the Majors in wRC+ (112) and eighth in runs (737) in 2022, and that was without the RBI machine known as Abreu and with Brantley's sweet swing on the shelf for all but 64 games. Both types are getting old, so look at them. that should be taken into account. But on the other hand, Álvarez, Tucker and Peña are really starting to stand out. The Astros' beautiful combination of discipline and power gives them a strong case to be No. 1 on this list, and they might as well be there again. at the end of the season.

4. Blue Jays
1) George Springer, RF
2) Bo Bichette, SS
3) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B
4) Alejandro Kirk, C
5) Matt Chapman, 3B
6) Danny Jansen, DH
7) Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF
8) Santiago Espinal, 2B
9) Kevin Kiermaier, CF< br />Admittedly, this might be a bit high, because while the Blue Jays ranked second in MLB in wRC+ in 2022 (118), they will have to account for the absence of a highly productive outfielder in Teoscar Herná. ;ndez, who was traded to the Mariners for bullpen help (Kiermaier is a defensive but not offensive upgrade). The Blue Jays could also use a little help on the left side. Regardless, this is still one of the best all-time lineups in the American League, retaining four regulars (Springer, Kirk, Guerrero and Bichette) who were at least 29 percent better than the league average last season, according to Ms. n wRC+.

5. Cardinals
1) Tommy Edman, SS
2) Willson Contreras, C
3) Pablo Goldschmidt, 1B
4) Nolan Arenado, 3B
5 ) Brendan Donovan, 2B
6) Tyler O'Neill, LF
7) Lars Nootbaar, RF
8) Juan Yépez, DH
9) Dylan Carlson, CF
Although the Cardinals will miss the surprisingly classic performance they got from Albert Pujols in the second half of 2022, Contreras (132 wRC+ in 2022) replacing Yadier Molina (51) is as big an offensive upgrade as he is. possible to do with a single signature. Thanks to MVP-caliber seasons from Goldschmidt and Arenado and the emergence of the likes of Donovan and Nootbaar, the Cardinals ranked fifth in runs (772) and wRC+ (114) last year. They could be further boosted by top prospect Jordan Walker.

6. Braves
1) Ronald Acuna Jr., FR
2) Michael Harris II, FC
3) Austin Riley, 3B
4) Matt Olson, 1B
5) Sean Murphy, C
6) Travis d'Arnaud, DH
7) Ozzie Albies, 2B
8) Marcell Ozuna, LF
9) Vaughn Grissom, SSAnother lineup that might be undersold here. (What can I say? This is hard.) For what it's worth (and could be worth a lot), FanGraphs' current runs per game projections (pre-Correa on the Mets) have the Braves at No. 1. I can see that, if Acuña, more than that. s away from knee surgery, he returns to MVP-level production, if Olson returns to his 2021 production now that he's on. More comfortable in Atlanta, and if Grissom proves to be the real deal in Dansby Swanson's absence. The Braves got great production from d'Arnaud and William Contreras at receiver and DH last season and that's a good bet to continue with Murphy on board.

7. Dodgers
1) Mookie Betts, RF
2) Freddie Freeman, 1B
3) Will Smith, C
4) Max Muncy, 3B
5 ) J.D. Martinez, DH
6) Gavin Lux, SS
7) Chris Taylor, FL
8) Miguel Vargas, 3B
9) James Outman, CF
Didn't show up It was in the National League Division Series against the Padres, but this was the best lineup in baseball last season, hands down. The Dodgers were first in every major category. The drop from No. 1 to No. 7 on this list really isn't as big a deal as it seems, because these are all quality lineups. But I'm criticizing them for the losses of the Turner brothers: Trea and Justin (no, they're not really brothers), who posted wRC+ marks about 25 percent better than the league average. Martinez was an All-Star last year, but overall, it was his worst full season since he became an All-Star. Major League Baseball starter in Detroit. The Dodgers hope to have a more youthful look in the bottom half of their lineup. Knowing them, it will work well. good. But for now, let's wait and see.

8. Phillies
1) Kyle Schwarber, DH
2) Trea Turner, SS
3) JT Realmuto, C
4) Bryce Harper, RF^
5) Rhys Hoskins, 1B
6) Nick Castellanos, LF
7) Alec Böhm, 3B
8) Bryson Stott, 2B
9) Brandon Marsh, CF
^You will start the session. I spent the season in IL after Tommy John surgery
The Phillies are clearly a top 10 lineup, but probably the toughest team to rank inside the top 10 right now, just because we don't yet know exactly when the Phillies will return. Harper about Tommy John surgery and what about it? How fast will it go? at its usual caliber of production. With Harper limited to DH duties (and missing more than 50 games with a thumb injury), the Phillies managed to rank 10th in wRC+ (106) and 7th in runs (747). ) last year. Now, Turner gives them a great burst of speed near the top of the order, and a rebound from Castellanos is on the cards. within the realm of possibility. So this is another ranking that, by the end of the year, might seem laughable, because there's no small chance that this will be the best lineup in baseball once Harper returns.

9. Yankees
1) Harrison Bader, CF
2) Aaron Judge, RF
3) Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4) Giancarlo Stanton, DH
5) Gleyber Torres, 2B
6) Josh Donaldson, 3B
7) Joseph Treviño, C
8) Osvaldo Peraza, SS
9) Aaron Hicks, LF
The Yankees were second in runs (807) and fourth in wRC+ (115) in 2022. Keep in mind though, Judge had a season to go down in history and Matt Carpenter (as mentioned above) looked alike. ;a briefly to Barry Bonds. In the second half, the overall production of the lineup was much more pedestrian. Re-signing Judge and Rizzo was a must, and it keeps the Yanks in the top 10. But this is still a very Judge-reliant offense, and Judge will repeat that. his performance on the 22nd, of course, will be the best. difficult.

10. Guardians
1) Steven Kwan, FL
2) Amed Rosario, SS
3) José Ramírez, 3B
4) Josh Bell, 1B
5) Josh Naylor, DH
6) Óscar González, RF
7) Andrés Giménez, 2B
8) Mike Zunino, C
9) Myles Straw, CF
Look at the pesky young Guardians making their way through the top 10. They were decisively a middle offense last year, ranking 15th in runs per game (4.31). But it's not really that much of a jump from 15 to 10, and I'd say Cleveland can do that by drastically improving two positions (BD and receiver) where it held most. 29th in OPS last season (Bell and Naylor can now essentially share 1B/DH at-bats). Bell and Zunino bring the necessary power to the equation. Add some muscle to a club that had the best contact rate (80.8 percent) and ranked the top spot. He ranked fourth in the FanGraphs base rushing score (13.2) last year, and has the makings for a top-10 offense.

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