There are a number of teams going into this season that felt that they had an excellent chance of printing post season tickets. Right now I have six of these teams in the category of missing the playoffs despite high expectations. Let’s take a look at where they are now, what’s gone wrong and moving forward.
Angels – 35-35 – Third Place AL West – 5.5 Games Out of 1st
For the Angels it’s very simply. They need to go out and get another strong bat to go with Trout and Pujols. This team is 19th in MLB in runs scored. Their pitching has been good as they are 11th in the league in team ERA.
Going Forward – This division is up for grabs. While I believe the Astros are talented I wonder about them in the second half of the season. For most of those young Astros it will be their first rodeo of pennant race baseball.
Boston – 31-40 – Last Place AL East – 9 Games Out of 1st
While everyone thought the Red Sox would need some pitching help, many experts felt the Sox would bash their way towards the top of the mediocre AL East. The division has lived up true to form but we cannot say the same about Boston. In terms of pitching Boston ranks 28th in MLB in team ERA at 4.46. The rotation has not been good with the biggest disappointment being Rick Porcello, who is carrying an ERA of 5.61. Everyone felt (including yours truly) with their lineup the Red Sox would score a ton of runs and be a force at home. Neither has happened as Boston is middle of the pack in runs scored (15th in MLB) and is below 500 at home with a 16-18 record. Continue reading Teams with High Expectations Struggling
A couple of days ago we had our first significant in season trade in Baseball. With the Mariners desperately needing a bat that could do damage and with Arizona looking towards the future a deal got done. Seattle added Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno for Dominic Leone, Wellington Castillo and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer. Let’s look at it for both sides.
Seattle enters the weekend in 4th Place in the AL West with a record of 24-30. The Mariners are 9.5 games behind the 1st Place Astros. But the M’s first order of business is to get back to 500. A lot of Seattle’s woes can be attributed to their offense. Seattle going into the weekend is 28th in Baseball in runs scored. While Trumbo is
neither a high average or on base percentage player he does provide power and can cause damage. Trumbo is a two time 30+ Home Run hitter and has 9 long balls so far this season. But with those Home Runs also comes a lot of strikeouts. Seattle is desperate for offense and they added a power bat at a relatively low cost.
Continue reading D-Backs Get Quantity But Do They Get Quality?
The D-Backs record entering into Tuesday’s action is 5-17. You can’t win your division in April but you certainly can lose it. The D-Backs have a whole host of problems. First major blow to this team happened towards the end of Spring Training when Patrick Corbin
elbow barked. That barking elbow has lead Corbin to Tommy John surgery
and out for the entire 2014 season. The D-Backs so far have the second to last team ERA in the NL with a 5.69. Other than Wade Miley
their starting pitching has been awful and I don’t mean awful good. Cahill has been banished to the bullpen and even if super prospect Archie Bradley
gets called up soon (in AAA so far 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA) it’s going to take a lot more than just one guy. Goldschmidt is off to a good start and Mark Trumbo is hitting Home runs (has 7 albeit with a .210 Average) but offensively this team needs to pick it up as well.
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