That is a good question on who is going to win the World Series. Because when we look at all the teams we believe are definitely going to make the post season as well as those most likely it’s very hard question to answer. Every team has it’s strengths but also at least one glaring weakness if not two.
Anaheim: If Garrett Richards is lost for the season after last nights game in Boston that could be the difference of the Angels from just being a playoff team to a World Series contender. I like Joe Smith and Huston Street but I also have questions about the Angels getting outs late in games as well.
Baltimore: I like the lineup and I really like the bullpen although they are inexperienced in the posts season. Big difference between getting outs late in games in the regular season versus the post season. But having said that the Orioles have a strong bullpen. However the Orioles starting rotation is decent. But can a team get through 3 grueling rounds of the post season with just a decent starting rotation? Continue reading
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