Jimmy Rollins continues to turn heads in his Jordan baseball cleats this season.Jimmy Rollins continues to turn heads in his Jordan baseball cleats this season.

words // Nick Engvall

The Phillies may have added former Houston Astros outfielder Hunter Pence to the team before the MLB trade deadline, but, for the last week or so, it’s been the club’s veteran’s Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins that have carried them to a 9-game lead in the National League East. Now at 77-40, the Philadelphia Phillies are hands down the best team in baseball based on their record.

The second best team in the league after a 4-game winning streak, is the Boston Red Sox. Boston struggled early in the season, with high expectations leading to even a solid winning record being a disappointment, have now seemed to have the pieces in place for a strong run into the postseason. Most importantly, closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had one of the worst cold streaks of his career early, has now run off 21 consecutive saves, and is one of the hottest pitchers in all of Major League Baseball.

Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are also playing well and as we expect every year, the American League East will be a great race to watch for the last month of the season.

Check out photos from this week in baseball in our latest MLB Watch below.

MLB Watch: A look at what the pros are using.

The Flyin' Hawaiian Shane Victorino gets beaned but his Nike batting gloves are safe.The Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino gets beaned but his Nike batting gloves are safe.

Mariano Rivera still sticking with his Nike baseball cleats.Mariano Rivera still sticking with his Nike baseball cleats.

Derek Jeter in his latest signature cleat from Jordan.Derek Jeter in his latest signature cleat from Jordan.

Cliff Lee gets his Nike cleats some height with his signature follow through.Cliff Lee gets his Nike cleats some height with his signature follow through.

Carlos Lee prepares for the pitch wearing Franklin batting gloves.Carlos Lee prepares for the pitch wearing Franklin batting gloves.

Justin Upton connects wearing the adidas Diamond King.Justin Upton connects wearing the adidas Diamond King.

Tsuyoshi Nishioki with some nice looking adidas batting gloves.Tsuyoshi Nishioki with some nice looking adidas batting gloves.

Jonathan Papelbon is back to un-hittable form in his Under Armour baseball cleats.Jonathan Papelbon is back to un-hittable form in his Under Armour baseball cleats.

Jo-Jo Reyes wearing Reebok baseball cleats.Jo-Jo Reyes wearing Reebok baseball cleats.

A good look at A.J. Pierzynski's player exclusives from Nike.A good look at A.J. Pierzynski’s player exclusives from Nike.