How can you not be excited about the Baltimore Orioles? After years of living in the basement of the AL East, the Orioles are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the division. They are doing it in all facets of the game too. Obviously their starting pitching has been key and the best it’s been in a long time, but their bullpen, wow! The bullpen is second in the American League in ERA behind the Texas Rangers.
Right now, even after the melt down last night against the Yankees (which you really can’t put on the bullpen…hint: Chris Davis, even Little Leaguers know to get in front of the ball), the Orioles’ bullpen is standing at a 2.28 ERA.
Oddly enough, right now the Orioles are one of the worst teams on defense with 36 errors (the only team worse than that is San Francisco with 38), but this team has a great deal of really good, young players who will vastly improve in time. Continue reading
1. Texas Rangers (23-12) Josh Hamilton has 18 home runs currently. Also 4 home runs in one game, that’s unhuman. There in Texas, it’s all the Josh Hamilton show.
2. Baltimore Orioles (22-13) Orioles playing strong right now, and being in a good division, this isn’t a fluke. But the O’s need to be careful, cause two tough series coming up against the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (23-11) Look for this team to drop in the rankings this week. Without Matt Kemp, they aren’t a full team.
If they want to show they are the real deal, here is the week to prove it.
4. Atlanta Braves (22-13) The Braves got off to a bad start, 0-4. But after that they went 14-5 in the month of April. They have no problem scoring runs either, ranking 1st in the MLB in runs. Continue reading
After the season both Chicago baseball teams experienced last season a change at the managerial position was a must as the teams hope for a breath of fresh air and a new direction for the 2012 season.
The White Sox traded Ozzie Guillen to the Miami Marlins saying adios to the manager that led the team to its first World Series since 1918.
The outspoken manager wore his welcome out in Chicago after butting heads with General Manager Kenny Williams for the better part of the last three years.
When management declined to offer Ozzie an extension, the two sides agreed to the split that netted the Sox two minor league prospects from the Marlins, the Guillen once served as third base coach during the team’s 2003 World Series winning season. Continue reading