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Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees is welcomed by manager Aaron Boone #17 and teammates during pre-game introductions on Opening Day before the start of MLB game. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / May 8, 2018 5:00 am

Separated by just a single game, the 25-9 Boston Red Sox and 24-10 New York Yankees have the best records in Major League Baseball as play in the fifth week of the regular season begins.

But, are the Sox and Yanks the most powerful teams in the league? According to power rankers from ESPN, CBS Sports and USA Today, you can bet your chowder, Manhattan or clam, on it.

In fact, according to power rankers at those sites, Boston and New York are in a class of their own 34 games into the season, a finding that became clear after we combined the numbers from ESPN, CBS Sports and USA Today to get one, definitive ranking.

Using those figures, we then broke the list of 30 down into tiers to make it even easier to see, at least at this point in the season, which teams are contenders, which are pretenders and which, because of their offensive play, are offenders. 

Here’s the all-new tiered list:

The Best of the Best

No. 1.33: New York Yankees – (ESPN, 1), (CBS Sports, 1), (USA Today, 2)

No. 1.66: Boston Red Sox – (ESPN, 2), (CBS Sports, 2), (USA Today, 1)

The Best of the Rest

No. 3.33: Arizona Diamondbacks – (ESPN, 4), (CBS Sports, 3), (USA Today, 3)

No. 3.66: Houston Astros – (ESPN, 3), (CBS Sports, 4), (USA Today, 4)

No. 5.00: Los Angeles Angels – (ESPN, 5), (CBS Sports, 5), (USA Today, 5)

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance

No. 7.00: St. Louis Cardinals – (ESPN, 7), (CBS Sports, 8), (USA Today, 6)

No. 7.33: Chicago Cubs – (ESPN, 6), (CBS Sports, 9), (USA Today, 7)

No. 9.33: Colorado Rockies – (ESPN, 13), (CBS Sports, 6), (USA Today, 9)

No. 10.33: Washington Nationals – (ESPN, 10), (CBS Sports, 7), (USA Today, 14)

No. 10.66: Cleveland Indians – (ESPN, 8), (CBS Sports, 13), (USA Today, 11)

No. 11.00: Atlanta Braves – (ESPN, 9), (CBS Sports, 11), (USA Today, 13)

No. 11.33: Seattle Mariners – (ESPN, 12), (CBS Sports, 12), (USA Today, 10)

Stuck in the Middle with You

No. 12.66: Milwaukee Brewers – (ESPN, 11), (CBS Sports, 16), (USA Today, 11)

No. 12.66: Toronto Blue Jays – (ESPN, 16), (CBS Sports, 14), (USA Today, 8)

No. 14.33: San Francisco Giants – (ESPN, 17), (CBS Sports, 10), (USA Today, 16)

No. 15.33: Philadelphia Phillies – (ESPN, 14), (CBS Sports, 17), (USA Today, 15)

No. 17.33: Pittsburgh Pirates – (ESPN, 19), (CBS Sports, 15), (USA Today, 18)

No. 18.00: Los Angeles Dodgers – (ESPN, 15), (CBS Sports, 20), (USA Today, 19)

No. 18.00: New York Mets – (ESPN, 18), (CBS Sports, 19), (USA Today, 17)

It’s Probably Not Your Year

No. 19.66: Oakland Athletics – (ESPN, 21), (CBS Sports, 18), (USA Today, 20)

No. 20.66: Tampa Bay Rays – (ESPN, 20), (CBS Sports, 21), (USA Today, 21)

No. 22.00: Minnesota Twins – (ESPN, 22), (CBS Sports, 22), (USA Today, 22)

No. 23.33: Detroit Tigers – (ESPN, 23), (CBS Sports, 24), (USA Today, 23)

No. 24.33: Texas Rangers – (ESPN, 24), (CBS Sports, 25), (USA Today, 24)

No. 24.33: San Diego Padres – (ESPN, 25), (CBS Sports, 23), (USA Today, 25)

See You in 2019

No. 27.00: Chicago White Sox – (ESPN, 26), (CBS Sports, 28), (USA Today, 27)

No. 27.33: Miami Marlins – (ESPN, 29), (CBS Sports, 26), (USA Today, 26)

No. 27.33: Kansas City Royals – (ESPN, 27), (CBS Sports, 27), (USA Today, 28)

No. 29.00: Baltimore Orioles – (ESPN, 28), (CBS Sports, 30), (USA Today, 29)

No. 29.66: Cincinnati Reds – (ESPN, 30), (CBS Sports, 29), (USA Today, 30)