Student or Learner
This is a baseball article:
The World Series starts October 22nd, with the improbable American League champion Tampa Bay Rays hosting the National League best Philadelphia Phillies. And there’s a 59 percent chance that the Rays will take the title. That what Bruce Bukiet says, anyway. He’s a mathematician at the New Jersey Institute of Technology who sets odds on the playoffs and World Series every year
The word "best" seems weird for me, what is the meaning here?
It is the verb meaning outwit or defeat. It looks as though the sentence should read: ...Rays hosting the National League and besting Philadelphia Phillies...
There is definitely something wrong with the source material.