4. New York Yankees (33 – 15, 1st in AL East)
There may be some who disagree with the Yankees being on this list given that overachieve may be a slightly generous term for one of the top payrolls in baseball, but this team is far exceeding expectations. Personally, I didn’t think they were as good as the Blue Jays, Rays, or even the Red Sox, and here they are with the best record in the AL. The question with them was whether or not they could have a true No. 2 starter behind Gerrit Cole. They needed one guy to step up, and then every one of them did. Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, and especially nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. have all taken huge strides since last season to form the best starting rotation in baseball. Aaron Judge turned down what was apparently an insane amount of money in order to pursue an even more insane amount of money and that decision looks better every day.
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