2nd Half Hijinx
And then there was baseball. I wholeheartedly welcomed the return of the regular season this past weekend and I’m looking forward to some exciting baseball in the next couple of months.
It’s especially sweet when a few of your favorite teams are playing well, such as the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies, though the Rockies haven’t been playing all that well lately. They’re the only team on my list currently sitting under .500, but still remain within striking distance in the weak NL West.
As the trading deadline approaches I can see both the Tigers and Red Sox trying to shore up the pitching. These teams have proven they can hit and produce runs, but they’ve also proven that their pitching is underperforming and could use a boost.
The Red Sox have a very shaky half game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays which can be very dangerous considering the Rays are the hottest team in baseball. The Red Sox took 2 of 3 from the hated Yankees to start the second half and now they’re in a 4 game series against the Rays. A very pivotal point in the Red Sox season.
The Tigers need to put some distance between themselves and the surprisingly good Cleveland Indians. I tell you, a Terry Francona team is a well-managed team and never fails to compete, unless you got chicken and beer in the clubhouse during games.
The Pirates are trying to break a 21 year losing streak, but even more important for them is the last two seasons with their near identical second half collapses. The pitching appears to be what’s currently holding them up, as reclamation projects A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, and Wandy Rodriguez are doing some of their best pitching in years.
And Andrew McCutchen, as excellent a player as he is, still needs some help on offense. He’s carrying this team again and that’s got to be tiring. A trade for a big bat for the Pirates and I see them doing real damage come October.
For me the Braves are always the Braves, meaning they are always either leading the NL East, or contending year after year. I think they’ve been one of the most consistent teams in regards to the product they trot out year after year, going bace 20 years or more.
Their pitching has seemed wobbly at times this year while their offense, with the infamous Upton Brothers, hasn’t done too badly considering how miserable the Upton Brothers’ seasons have been. I wonder how happy management is about signing both Justin and B.J. to big contracts. Good thing there’s a player called Freddie Freeman on that team.
The Rockies? What can I say? They’re doggedly hanging on in the NL West, but I think it’s the thin air, of Denver that’s been propping them up. The Rockies have a player similar to McCuthen in Troy Tulowitzki, a player that carries a team, but I don’t think they have the quality pitching that the Pirates seem to have.
Let the games continue.
Posted on July 23, 2013, in 2013, Braves, Indians, MLB, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers, Yankees and tagged andrew mccutchen, boston red sox, Francisco Liriano, Tampa Bay Rays, Terry Francona, wandy rodriguez. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.