In the Eye on Baseball Top 10s, here's what we do: Rank players according to criteria. Those criteria change depending upon week and whim, but the Top 10s will always be informed by some angle or another. (Note that the absence of an angle is itself an angle!)
And that brings us to this week's guiding query: Who are the best of the best?
Perhaps we should provide a bit more detail. This week, we're focusing on the best position players and pitchers on first-place teams -- i.e., the best of the best. Or "the best on the best," if you prefer. That means if a player toils for a team other than the Braves, Red Sox, Pirates, Tigers, Dodgers or Rangers, then he's not eligible to be included this time around. Much like your typical MVP voter, we're giving guys credit for their good taste in teammates.
As a consequence, you won't be seeing notable names like, oh, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Bryce Harper, Joey Votto, Buster Posey, Adam Jones, Giancarlo Stanton, Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright or Stephen Strasburg, among many others. And no A-Rod! Also, note that we're not concerned with past seasons or a player's outlook going forward -- only performance thus far in 2013 matters.
So now let us recite baseball names for purposes of SEO and making you angry. As always, feel free to brandish your incorrect opinions and make idle threats in the comments section.