American League East Rankings 2016
American League East Rankings 2016: The first half the baseball season has ended, and there were several surprises, including the Orioles leading in the American League East by two games and the Cleveland Indians up 6.7 games on Detroit leading the AL Central. The Chicago Cubs remain the favorite to earn the 2016 World Series at +350, while Bay Area is second at +550. We’ll have a look at a repeat of the first half and things to look forward to within the second half.
1) Baltimore Orioles (51-36)
Baltimore has been a surprise in baseball because of a strong selection that leads the majors with 138 home runs. Mark Trumbo leads the league with 30 homers and is fourth in runs batted in with 68. 3B Manny Machado (.318, 19 homers, 53 RBI) has become the best all-around player in baseball. Baltimore has managed to get 51 games despite having the worst starting rotation in the majors (4.35 ERA overall). Their bullpen is among the best in the game (3.12 ERA) led by deeper Zach Britton (29 saves, 0.72 ERA).
2) Boston Red Sox (49-38)
Boston has experienced a decent good first half while they cause the majors in reaching a .292 average, putting 103 home runs and 490 runs scored (1st). But Boston also just dropped deeper Craig Kimbrel (17 saves, 3.55 ERA), but they did just trade for 36-year-old veteran Brad Ziegler (18 saves, 2.75 ERA) from Arizona. He’s a critical collection for the BoSox even though he doesn’t open. However, as with many teams, it precipitates to starting pitching. Boston ranks 18th in total ERA having a 4.43 and led by Steven Wright (10-5, 2.68 ERA). The requirement David Price (9-6, 4.34 ERA, 140 Ks) to pitch just like the expert in the second half.
3) Toronto Blue Jays (51-40)
The Toronto Blue Jays have also had a pretty good first half considering they’ve had numerous critical injuries, including dropping OF Jose Bautista (.230, 41 RBI) to a toe injury for almost a 31 days. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (.267, 23, 80) and 3B Josh Donaldson (.304, 23, 80, 63 RBI) have helped hold an offense that ranks just 16th with a .253 average. Their starting pitching will be the bigger concern, though they rank seventh with a 3.76 team ERA. That’s because their best pitcher Marco Estrada (5-3, 2.93 ERA) is currently on the DL having a back injury. J.A. Happ (12-3, 3.35 ERA) has overachieved, while Aaron Sanchez (9-1, 2.97 ERA) has lived as much as his potential.
4) New York Yankees (44-44)
The Yankees are playing like crap, but they remain to hold a wild card spot. The biggest problem will be the hitting that has only 93 home runs and ranks 18th, .252 average. SS Didi Gregorius (.299, 41 RBI) has been the biggest shock so far, while OF Carlos Beltran (.299, 19, 56) indicates they can still rank 39th. For the starting pitching, the star continues to be Masahiro Tanaka (6-2, 3.23 ERA), that has great since coming off an accident-plagued in 2015. Now the biggest concern is whether they go, with Beltran, Chapman or Burns when they can’t make soil up before the July 31 trade deadline.
5) Tampa Bay Rays (35-54)
It’s been a disastrous first half for that Rays as their commonly-reliable pitching has been terrible. They rank 23rd over with a 4.57 ERA and 27th in the bullpen (4.79 ERA). Chris Archer was expected to be the ace
but is 4-12 with a 4.66 ERA and contains a pathetic 48 walks. Chris Odorizzi (3-5, 4.47 ERA) hasn’t been much better and could be on the trade block. Creating things worse, the Rays are hitting just .240 (27th) in the majors, though they do have 118 home runs. 1B Steve Pearce (.322 OBP) was having a strong first half but has been off and on the DL having a hamstring injury since mid-June. The Rays also lost reliever Brad Boxberger (what a pucking name) to an oblique injury very early in the growing season, and the bullpen hasn’t recovered. He had 41 saves last year with a 3.71 ERA.
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