How MLB Teams are Handling Themselves at the Mid SeasonPosted by: Charlie Smith
More on how baseball teams are doing at the 2016 mid-season mark for the benefit of fans who bet on baseball.
Rockies. Tyler Chatwood, Jon Gray, and Tyler Anderson are good – though by no means great – pitching staff, shortstop Trevor Story has made Troy Tulowitzki a faded memory and Jose Reyes a redundant thought, and Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon are mounting great offense. Conversely, Gerardo Parra is not justifying his $27.5 million contract.
Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Nick Castellanos provide a well-balanced offense, and Detroit has a good starter in Michael Fulmer and a good closer in Francisco Rodriguez. Other than those two, though, pitching is not up to snuff.
Astros. This team has a bright future – and present – in Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, but the starting rotations has experienced a serious downturn from last season.
Royals. Paulo Orlando, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert have boosted offense in lieu of Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon. The same can be said of bullpen, with Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Joakim Soria in place of Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales, and Greg Holland. Yordano Ventura has not delivered as expected by people who bet on baseball.
Angels. This just in: Mike Trout is very, very good at his job. Additionally, Kole Calhoun is becoming one of the top outfielders in the American League. On the downside, Albert Pujols keeps declining while getting paid $140 million over the next five years – one of the reasons the Angels have the sixth-highest payroll in baseball and many expensive veterans who were supposed to make the team an MLB betting favorite.
Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw has not diminished his reputation as the best pitcher in the league, and rookies Kenta Maeda, Corey Seager, and Trayce Thompson are doing their share as well. But other than the Kershaw-Maeda tandem, the starting rotation has been unstable and the relievers should be a focus at the trade deadline.
Marlins. Marcell Ozuna has returned from the minors a man possessed, and Jose Hernandez is back on his game too. With only one dependable starter and a slumping star batter, the Marlins could be doing a lot worse.
Brewers. Valuable trade chips like Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun could bring in more worthwhile additions like Jonathan Villar. Wily Peralta has been sent to Triple A.
Twins. In spite of the efforts of Eduardo Nunez and Fernando Abad, the Twins are the worst team in the American League and awful in defense and offense. Not a sound proposition for people who bet on baseball.
Mets. Pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are having a great season, but reports suggest the two are struggling with bone spurs (the worst besides the San Antonio kind) in their pitching elbows.