We have reached the midway point of the MLB season with the All-Star event where Yoenis Cespedes won his second straight HR derby. The big game saw the AL beat the NL by a score of 5-3 which means the AL has received home field advantage for this year’s World Series. The big topic that is everyone mind right now is who will win the AL MVP as the top two in the race are Mike Trout, WAR king and previous two season’s runner up vs. the new Cuban phenomenon, Jose Abreu. There are debates for both players on why they should win the AL MVP in the next couple paragraphs I will discuss some of these topics.
Mike Trout has been one of the best players in the game for past three seasons. There is nothing that he cannot do, He can hit, and he can threw and can also make amazing defensive plays in the outfield like an angel from the heavens. He began his MLB career at the tender age of 19 when LA called him up on July 8, 2011. In 2011, He had five homeruns and 16 RBIs in 40 games; he also had BA of .220. The year, 2012 was Trout rookie season we he proved to the baseball world the true definition of what the stat, WAR really meant. Continue reading
It use to be that the MLB non waiver trade deadline use to have a lot of excitement and drama. But in the year of 2014 these times are changing. There are a number of factors that are the cause for this loss of sizzle, as I call it in the sport.
Wild Card System:
Since the institution of the 2 wild card teams that means an extra team in each league makes the postseason. That’s 5 spots in each league which means more teams have a chance for the post season. If a team has a chance for the post season at the end of July most of the time they are not going to put the white flag and become a seller.
Parody in Baseball:
Yes there are a few teams where it’s clear they are building towards the future this year between the Cubs, Rockies, Padres and Astros to name a few. But most teams are in some sort of playoff race. In the American League there are 6 teams within 6 games of the second wild card team going into play today. In the National League we have 3 teams tied for the two wild card spots & then 2 more teams within 3 games of those squads as well. We are in an era where there are very few top teams. Continue reading
We are a little past a third of the 2014 MLB season and baseball is filled with a lot of mediocre teams at best. The teams that have shown a high degree of play so far are the Giants (42-22), A’s (39-25), Blue Jays (39-26) and Brewers (38-26). The team with the fifth best record in baseball are the Angels at 35-28. Interesting to note is that the Blue Jays and Brewers are by most surprise teams for 2014. Everyone else other than the bottom half dozen teams are either right above or right below .500. For fans who wanted parody in baseball well you got it. Be carefully for what you wish for because while there will be a lot of exciting races it will be with mediocre clubs.
Home Record Woes:
Another interesting trend going on in baseball this season is how poor teams are playing at home. Only 5 teams in MLB are 5 games or better above .500 at home so far this year. More interesting is 14 teams are under .500 at home so far this year. A lot of people a big reason this is happening is teams are looking at adding players mainly at saber metrics and not considering adding players that are great fits for their home ballparks.
Hitting Numbers Going Down, Down, Down: Continue reading