Well we have reached September and we have a number of interesting races in Major League Baseball both division and wild card. Let’s take a look.
The Royals enter September 1/2 game lead over 2nd place Detroit but 1 in the loss column. The Royals had a fantastic August going 19-9 (15-3 from August 1 through the 19th), while the Tigers were a very mediocre 16-15. The Royals and Tigers play each other 6 more times (3 at each place). The Royals have 14 games left versus Texas, the White Sox & Boston. While the Tigers 10 of their last 13 are against the Twins and White Sox.
Th Brewers and Cardinals enter September in a dead tie for first with the Pirates just 2 games back. The Brewers have lost 5 in a row and need to get the ship steadied ASAP. The Brewers play the Cardinals 7 more times (4 at home & 3 away) including a big 4 game series starting this Thursday in Milwaukee. The Brew Crew also play the Pirates one more series a 3 gamer at Pittsburgh. The Brewers need to make hay with 12 games left versus the Reds and Cubs. For the Cardinals in addition to a bunch of games versus the Brewers they too go to Pittsburgh for a 3 game series as they have just 1 series left with the Pirates. Continue reading
Like the AL East all the teams in the AL Central are very close to each other in the standings, as all the teams are right around .500. Lets break it down and take a quick look at each team. Let’s keep in mind all team records and player stats are as of Sunday morning April 27th.
The Tigers are in first place with a 12-9 record and clearly the class of the division. Kinsler, Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson all off to strong starts. Keep an eye out on rookie Nick Castellanos. Also what is scary is Miguel Cabrera has yet to take flight. The Tigers are going to have to find a shortstop sooner rather than later. Their starting pitching has been strong but their bullpen has been spotty in the early going.
Twins surprisingly are off to a 12-11 start. That is a great record especially when you consider that 4 of their 5 starting pitchers have ERA’s between 5.14 and 7.32. Also Josh Willingham only has had 17AB’s due to injury and has been a non factor. But Chris Colabello (27RBI), Trevor Plouffe (.419 OBP) and Brian Dozier pop (7HR’s albeit low avg) have been huge for the offense. Continue reading
According to Major League Baseball Trade Rumors, the following seven Kansas City Royals players are out of options going into the 2014 season:
Francisley Bueno, Brett Hayes, Pedro Ciriaco, Danny Valencia, Jarrod Dyson, Justin Maxwell, Carlos Peguero.
All are still in major league camp as of Saturday, March 15th. So what are the chances for each to make the final 25 man roster and what are the obstacles in their way. Below is a review of each:
Francisley Bueno – The Royals signed Bueno to a minor league contract in 2012. A Cuban defector, Bueno originally signed with the Atlanta Braves in 2006. Following his release in in 2010, Francisley signed to pitch a year in Korea followed by a year in the Mexican League before signing with Kansas City. Continue reading