Okay so I have put together a number of questions and open points for all the American League teams as we are getting close to Baseball’s Winter Meetings come December 9th. Lets take a look at the teams.
Baltimore: Will Machado be ready come opening day?
Who is in Left Field and at 2B? With JJ Hardy 1 year away from free agency do the Orioles try and resign him now? Do the Orioles try and land a front line starting pitcher?
Boston: All questions are around their own free agents on whether or not if they will be back and if not where do the Sox go. Boston’s big free agents are Ellsbury, Napoli, Saltalamacchia and Uehara.
New York: Will Cano be a Yankee? If not the Yanks will replace him with a big bat. Seems like Kuroda will be back but Yanks would still need to add another starting pitcher (Tanaka?) Will the Yanks sign Joe Nathan to close and have Robertson stay the setup man? If A-Rod gets a lengthy suspension who plays 3B? Continue reading
The Tampa Bay Rays ended their road trip with a series loss to the Detroit Tigers after being thoroughly dominated by Tigers’ starter Max Scherzer on Thursday afternoon. Scherzer allowed only four hits and nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. The Rays also dropped the opening game of the series and are now 2-3 in the month of June. Tampa Bay will now host the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game series at Tropicana Field beginning on Friday night.
The Tigers were ranked number one in batting average in the big leagues and now the Rays will face the second best team in average, the Orioles.
Baltimore comes into Friday night’s contest with a team batting average of .276 and the Orioles are 1.5 games ahead of the Rays with a 34-26 record. Baltimore is also the premier homerun hitting team in the Majors with 84 total dingers, and perhaps even more impressive is the fact that they do not strikeout with the frequency of some of the other high-powered offenses. The O’s have the third least amount of strikeouts and the team is also second in doubles. Baltimore’s aggressive nature at the plate has especially paid dividends on the road as the team is 19-13 away from the friendly confines of Camden Yards. Continue reading
The first two months of baseball are in the books. Its the first of June, and like anticipated the AL East is a wide open race. Before the season, many “experts” believed the Blue Jays would be one of the top teams. Well, that’s what makes baseball so remarkable. You can’t predict anything.
The Jays are plagued with injuries and find themselves in the basement of the division.
The Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles are all within 2 games. They all have 30 wins and all could be leading in other divisions around the league. This season has been full of surprises and it has a long 4 months to go.
Here are my 3 BOLD predictions for the upcoming months. Continue reading