MLB QUICK HITS

Arizona: 40-32 and lead the NL West. The Dodgers won’t go away and this division won’t be easy but Goldie has been red hot lately and Pollock/Peralta pace the lineup. Corbin and the bullpen have been great but could use Greinke/Godley to step up through the dog days. They’ll be active around the deadline

Atlanta: Still the funnest, most shocking story so far! Lead the NL East and top 7 in pitching and hitting. The Baby Braves are killing it and could be here to stay with Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson and Ronald Acuna bringing this team to life. Markakis and Freeman, MVP candidate, have been great Sean Newcomb and Foltynewicz have been aces. Should also be active at deadline.

Baltimore: There is a reason they are 30 games under .500 and that’s because they aren’t good. Machado has been lights out and Kevin Gausman and Adam Jones has been serviceable. They’re bottom 5 in runs and ERA. Sell Sell Sell. Restart.

Boston: Great start and they continue to roll on the backs of JD and Mookie. 4 starters with sub 3.80ERAs, 3rd in runs scored and 2nd in OPS. Going to an all season battle with the Yanks.

Chicago White Sox: They’re fun, not good. Abreu, Anderson and Reynaldo Lopez have had success which is exciting to see but as a whole, they’re still building and that will take a long time.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubbies have slowly but surely built back to being a winner in the best division in baseball. Everybody is pulling the rope, 5 bats with over 2.0 WAR and have gotten decent pitching. If Rizzo and Darvish progress, they will continue to win and be a playoff threat.

Cincinnati: Last time we checked in they were 7-24, and they’ve gone 19-21 since. Progress is progress. Some bats have come alive like Votto and Gennett but they have zero good pitchers. Gennett could be shipped out.

Cleveland: The tide is starting to turn. Pulling away with great pitching and the ability to beat you in different ways. Ramirez, Brantley, and Lindor are all extremely valuable and they could be looking for a small piece at the deadline.

Colorado: Love the Rockies but it’s the same old story: Mash, can’t pitch. Freeland and Bettis have been good but other than that, haven’t seen much success. Arenado is an absolute stud, Blackmon continues to show he’s one of the best leadoff guys in the game and Story could be a 30-30 guy. Just can’t find the pitching and it’s killing them.

Detroit: Playing way above what people thought of their roster in spring. Not flashy, kind of boring but have gotten it done, relatively speaking. Castellanos is their big bat while Boyd (no run support), Michael Fulmer, Mike Fiers and Liriano have done a good job eating quality innings.

Houston: The best team in the majors. By FAR the best staff in baseball and historically great, as well. Altuve, Correa, Springer and Bergman are tough to top as a hitting core. Verlander has been sickeningly good along with their other 4 SP and a great Pen. They have it all but they have Seattle ALL over them in the West and it could be a battle.

Kansas City: Blah. Bad and boring. Moustakas had a great start but their lineup is as average (below average) as it gets. 1 regular hitting over .265 (Merrifield). The misfits pitching for them can’t do anything right and that’s why they’re 22-50.

LA Angels: The Angels have subtly fallen apart. No one can stay healthy and now just a few games over .500, Trout has been incredible but other bats have either been sidelined or cooled off. The pitching has stepped up and been great. Ohtani could be getting ready for TJ so things don’t look good for the Halos.

LA Dodgers: Seager is done but the Dodgers chug along. Just a few behind the DBacks. Walker Beuhler has been phenomenal and guess who their most productive hitter has been? Matt Kemp! Barf. It’s success by committee and everyone is doing a job.

Miami: Another team that just flat out stinks. JT Realmuto has been a top 5 catcher in baseball and Brian Anderson has been hitting well but…they don’t even have fans to get them through being bad. And it’s hot. And they’re awful.

Milwaukee: Love Milwaukee. Right there with the Cubbies. Yelich and Cain will be huge all year but Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar have had good first halves. Boast the 6th best ERA in the Majors but could maybe use a front of the line guy in a short series if they do make playoffs.

Minnesota: One of the biggest disappointments to start the year. Average pitching and nobody besides Eduardo Escobar and Rosario has been hitting well. I’m 104% sure most of you don’t even know who they are. Wake up Buxton, Dozier and Sano.

NY Mets: Great first 12 but have cooled off mightily. All in all, they’re a pretty average lineup with great pitching that can make them dangerous but it looks like the window is closing. They’ll be sellers at the deadline, especially with deGrom and Syndergaard.

NY Yankees: Best offense in baseball. Andujar and Torres have helped so much since being called up and Stanton and Sanchez haven’t even hit stride yet. Didi and Austin cooled off but Judge has been consistent. Luis Severino has been great and Chapman is unhittable but they’ll buy a SP soon. One underrated theme: bad fielding.

Oakland: If there is a more average team in baseball, I can’t find it. Matt Chapman is showing signs of being a stud and they love the long ball. Sean Manaea is the real deal on the bump but Oakland will have a tough time through a full 162 making the post season.

Philadelphia: Nice start in Philly but I think their playoff chances are trending down. Odubel and Hoskins are killing the ball along with timely hits from depth guys in the order but nobody has been consistently hitting. Nola and Arrieta could be the best 1-2 punch in the NL at the end and Pivetta/Eflin is a nice 3-4

Pittsburgh: Not a playoff team in the NL Central. They have no big power bat but find a way to get it done with good seasons from Cervelli, Marte, and Dickerson. Austin Meadows is a really fun prospect, watch for him. On the pitching end it’s just a whole bunch of average headlined by Jameson Taillon.

San Diego: Eric Hosmer has been as advertised along with rookie Christian Villanueva but they’re not looking to contend this year. Lucchesi (hurt) and Ross have been really good. Trade Brad Hand to a contender and keep building prospects.

Seattle: This team is for real. They’re good everywhere, not great. Jean Segura has been incredible alongside guys like Mitch Hanover and Dee Gordon. All on pitching and it has been very solid the last month or so. James Paxton has the best nickname in sports: Big Maple.

San Francisco: Floating around .500 in the NL West. No SP with a WAR over 1, lose Cueto, get MadBum back but no consistency. Belt is having an MVP type year, Posey has been himself but they need Longoria and Cutch to get back to their standard numbers/get hot if they want to make the playoffs.

St. Louis: No franchise is better at producing homegrown talent and now DeJong and Pham are examples of that. Really like the Cards long term with new call-ups Jack Flaherty and Harrison Bader. Their staff found a gem in Miles Mikolas and Carlos Martinez is an ace. Should fight with the Cubbies and BrewCrew all year.

Tampa Bay: They’re just..the Rays..They have young prospects who will play well then they can’t afford (Snell, Nuno), a few pitchers who will produce then get traded (Archer), and a few guys who will step up to make them reasonably competitive (Robertson, Cron). Same old in Tampa

Texas: Nomar Mazara and Shin Soo Choo have gotten off to a nice start but that’s about it. Joey Gallo IS 2018. .220, billion Ks and a billion HRs. Actually already over 100Ks…Hamels is a piece to look for for contenders (Yankees)

Toronto: Sell! You’re not going to win for a while with the Yankees and Sox where they are and you have some nice pieces on the farm in Bichette and Guerrero. Trade Donaldson. Trade Happ. Trade everyone.

Washington: They’re in for a BATTLE. They thought it’d be easy but the Phils and Braves has different thoughts. I think they end up winning the East but it won’t be easy. Bryce Harper is overrated but Juan Soto might win MVP…kid is nuts. Trea Turner and Michael Taylor have been great and how can you not love Scherzer? Well on his way to 300K while leading a great staff.

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