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Winners And Losers – One Third Thru The Season

At the one-third mark in the 2015 season, it’s a good time to take a look at the winners and losers weighing a team’s performance against the predictions made  during the Hot Stove winter league. Not surprisingly, there are more losers than winners….but we’ll start with the….

WINNERS 

HOUSTON ASTROS

 This team was on no one’s radar when the season began. 150px-Houston-Astros-Logo.svgTheir treasureload of young talent was supposed to be on the way and ready next year. The question is how far can their young pitching take them and how long can they continue to win games only when they hit two or more home runs. It’s a weak division so it’ll be fun to watch as the season plays out.

MINNESOTA TWINS

Like the Astros, they’ve come out of nowhere with a no name roster. The infusion of Tori Hunter1987-2009-Twins-primary-logo-150x150 in the lineup and more importantly the clubhouse cannot be overestimated. Mike Pelfrey may finally “get it” and looks more like pitcher instead of a thrower. Still, it’ll take a miracle to compete over a whole season with the Royals and Tigers.

NEW YORK METS:

They’ll need to stay healthy and get a big bat in return forimages-16 some of their pitching. Terry Collins is underrated as a manager and Sandy Alderson is overrated as a GM. The good news is that the Nationals can’t get out of their own way leaving the Mets a way to sneak in there if Matt Harvey can be Matt Harvey again.

NEW YORK YANKEES:

For a team that is expected to be in the playoffs every year, even the most diehard Yankee fans have to be heartened by the way this team is playing. images-13A-Rod and Tex are managing to carry a team that is woefully lacking in hitting, especially at the bottom of the lineup. Working for them is competing in the American League Least.  Tanaka and Pineda can take them a long way in the playoffs.

THE LOSERS

SAN DIEGO PADRES:

No team made a bigger splash than the Padres during the off season. Will Myers, Matt Kemp, James Shields………..images-14but here they are struggling even to get to .500. Fan excitement lasted about as long as a San Diego winter. They’ll make a run……..but it’ll be too little too late.

CLEVELAND INDIANS:

The Sports Illustrated curse seems to have affected images-20the the Indians  again. Picked to win the World Series no less……….they find themselves in the basement looking up at some very good teams. They still look good on paper but that’s the problem……it’s only paper.

WASHINGTON  NATIONALS  / DETROIT TIGERS

These two teams are lumped together as the biggest underachievers of the season

 

Both teams appear to be sleepwalking through a season that can easily get away from them.images-17 As Yogi Berra used to say “It’s getting late here early”. No doubt, they have All Star teams. And maybe that’s exactly what the problem is. They’re both playing a very dangerous game.

SEATTLE MARINERS:

A total embarrassment (except for the best pitcher in baseball).images-19 Robbie Cano non chalants his way through another season while  Justin Smoak continues to suck up $$ based on what he might do tomorrow.  And Lloyd McClendon is a powder keg on the brink of exploding. In a small market town the Seahawks own………why even bother?

MIAMI MARLINS:

Here’s another team playing well enough to lose. images-18Despite the influx of $$, the Marlins appear to be dysfunctional not only on the field but in the clubhouse as well. Maybe the  re infusion of their ace Fernandez will energize this team but again time is not on their side.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX:

Yet another team that captured the Hot Stove season…….but now…..nothing. images-11Win two lose two will not cut it in this division. What’s wrong….Chris Sale only pitches every fifth day. Plus…….there are too many teams ahead of them in a very crowded and competitive division.

DEAD ON ARRIVAL

BOSTON RED SOX

Big Papi often looks overmatched, Mike Napoli is usually overmatched,images-26 and Pablo Sandoval should be arrested for robbery.  It’s no accident this team has a firm hold on last place in a very winnable division.  Still, the $$ keeps pouring in at perennially sold out Fenway.

CINCINNATI REDS

With  three solid everyday players (Votto, Frazier, and Phillips), images-24 along with a menacing closer you have to wonder if there isn’t something  going on  in that clubhouse. They’re no match for the Cardinals and the Pirates and seem content to just play out the season.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

While the rest of baseball is whizzing by them, the Philliesimages-29 seem mired in limbo with their aging and highly paid stars.  Meanwhile, Cole Hamels languishes on the mound every fifth day as the front office dreams of landing a package of young talent before hell freezes over.

OAKLAND A’S

The Midas Touch of Billy Beane can now only be seen in Hollywood in the form of Brad Pitt. Oaklandimages-3 is not a major league city,  and neither is the team they run out there every night. Commissioner Manfred needs to step up and step in forcing the Giants to abandon their non existent fears and let this poor team move to San Jose.

RECAP

It ain’t over till it’s over………but for teams not taking games in April and May …and now June….seriously…….waiting for that magic moment when they catch fire and everyone around them freezes in time……it rarely works that way. But then again…….you never know…..remember the Royals last year ……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Robinson Cano Heist

There have been countless others but Robinson Cano appears to be fighting to secure his place as the owner of the biggest contract heist in the history of baseball.

I always wondered………..Seattle? Why would you want to go there……especially going there from a storied franchise like the Yankees. Now, I know why. It’s the perfect place to hide a $240million contract when you are hitting .260 with one home run in June.14620717307_4f0dd35d32_h1-268x320

Watching him nonchalant a relay throw to first that forced a tie scoring run to come home last night against Tampa Bay reminds me of all the reasons why the Yankees didn’t push to sign him.

The old saying is true……”where there’s smoke there’s fire”. Cano’s former batting coach spoke out about his lack of hustle and general malaise. Baseball Prospectus went even further with an article that statistically “proves” his approach to the game costs his team runs (both links below). images-1

For the average fan, lack of hustle or the appearance of not trying in any professional sport is the cardinal sin, especially when big money is involved. Because most of us can only dream about doing what these players do for a living.

Players like Cano have the God given talent to be better than just good. Derek Jeter, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout……..ever see them not run all out to first base? No way……these men are professionals and they earn their money…….

Links:

Kevin Long

http://deadendsports.com/yankees-coach-calls-robinson-cano-lack-hustle/

Baseball Prospectus

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22845