Now getting deeper into the baseball season we are starting to see teams really separate themselves from one another. There are teams already making that playoff push and becoming true contenders while others are heading for the cellar..fast. Let’s take a look at how teams have been doing lately and who has been standing out and who has been falling out.
St. Louis Cardinals- The ‘Red Hot’ Cards are out in front of the NL Central sitting at 35-17 and have the best record in baseball. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are soaring led by their fantastic pitching. The ageless wonder Carlos Beltran leads the team in RBIs and HRs and is making this Cardinals offense run as good as it ever has, even when they had Pujols..maybe.
Oakland A’s- The A’s are actually the hottest team in baseball having won 9 of their last 10 and continue to get it done with their no name ball club. That’s just how Billy Bean would want it though, successful without a budget breaking payroll. They don’t hit particularly well as a team but they do score lots of runs as they are 4th overall in baseball in runs scored meaning they get those timely hits which is really all that matters really. They are nipping at the heals of the Rangers and looking to defend their division title.
Honorable Mention: Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals- The Royals are sitting at last in the AL Central with a record of 21-29. At one point they were 20-20 but have lost their last 9 0f 10 and have really taken a tumble. They looked as if to be turning a corner, finally, only that to be dashed by them falling back into their ole’ Royals’ ways. Struggling to score runs and getting on base has been killing them and you just can’t win when you can’t score. So remember KC fans, even when you think things might be turning around just remember, you are still the Royals.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Baseball’s biggest disappointment I would have to say because of all the money put into this team and where do they sit? That would be last in the NL West with a record of 22-29. What is wrong with this team? I’ll tell you what’s wrong. It’s not the lack of star power on the team or the injuries or even the pressure of the bright lights of LA. No, it’s as simple as this, they just don’t play good, team baseball, and when you can’t do that it doesn’t matter who is on your team, you aren’t going to win.
Honorable Mention: Cleveland Indians
Houston Astros– A regular to appear in the ugly section and if their lucky, maybe make it to the bad section but that’s a stretch. What’s the Astros deal? They just aren’t good. They are actually in the high 20’s in runs and hitting, which is way better than I thought, they just can’t win..period. They will be like this all year and were expected to be like this all year too so Astros’ fans brace yourself because it’s going to be a long, long bumpy ride. Houston, we have a problem.
Miami Marlins– Oh boy, the laughing stock of the baseball world and guess what, no one feels sorry for them either, at least not feel sorry for the organization. You kind of have to feel sorry for the players and coaches though because they don’t call the shots and play the business system of baseball, they just try to go out there and win. Bless their hearts, they do try but like the Astros, they just aren’t good, they are even worse though, they are literally a AAA team. They sit at 13-40, in the cellar of the NL East, last in virtually every category in baseball stats and possibly the worst team in baseball history. Not to mention, they are on an 8 game losing streak. When they score runs, they give up more than they have, when they don’t give up many runs, they don’t score anything. It’s a sad sinking ship for the Marlins and will not get any better. Only bright spots seem to be the youngsters that get to play because of all the injuries they have had to normal starters. Other than that, nothing to look forward too, well except the day Loria is run out of Miami.
Honorable Mention: Milwaukee Brewers
So there you have it, the good, bad and ugly that has taken place recently. It’s been exciting to watch this baseball season and I am enjoying watching it unfold. If your team wasn’t featured this time, there’s always next time. As long as they are good enough, bad enough, or down right ugly, your team has got a chance.