THE conclusion of the month of June coincides with the midway point of the MLB season. Most teams are nearing their 81st game of the year, with some closer to their dream of a World Series title than others.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
With 10 wins from 10 tries the Dodgers now own the 2nd best record in all of baseball. Fueled by Cody Bellinger’s bombs (SPOILER ALERT: You’ll see him again later) leading a lethal offense and a cushy few series coming up, there is no sign that the streak will stop anytime soon.
THROUGH the month of June, Matt Adams has been a stud for the Atlanta Braves. He has monthly averages of .322/.386/.700 while helping the Braves win 14 of their 24 June games. Obviously when Freddie Freeman is healthy he will return to 1st base, but Adams has definitely proved he is worth holding onto.
Rookies Home Run Hitting
AS I’m typing this I’m literally watching a video of Cody Bellinger’s latest home run bomb. Bellinger hit two homers in the Dodgers 12-6 W over the Rockies, giving him 11 for the month of June and 24 for the year. His 24 major league mashes have only been topped by Aaron Judge, the Yankees rookie who has 26, including nine in June. Fasten your seatbelt’s, these rooks are putting on a show!
FOR a long period of time the undisputed best pitcher in the league was Clayton Kershaw. However, Max Scherzer now has a legitimate case to dethrone the Dodgers ace. Here are the numbers from his and Kershaw’s last six games.
Scherzer: (48 IP, 20H, 5ER, 7BB, 69K’s, 4-2 W/L)
Kershaw: (37.2 IP, 32H, 14ER, 10BB, 51K’s, 4-0 W/L)
The numbers don’t lie.
WASHINGTON hasn’t looked the same level of dominant that they did at the start of the season, but that hasn’t hampered the production of their starting shortstop. Trea Turner leads the league in stolen bases for the past month and could very well join the 30-30 club if he starts to mash some more home runs.
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THERE are currently five teams in the league with a win percentage over .600. Three of them are in the National League West division. That comes after the Rockies recent five game losing streak too, further illustrating the talent at the top of the division. Even the mediocre Padres have looked impressive going 7-5 over their last 12 games. Although…
…Except For The San Francisco Giants
…THE Giants clearly missed the memo that the NL West is meant to be dominating baseball now. I get that they are missing one of the best pitchers in the league in Madison Bumgarner, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that they have won just five games in 23 tries throughout this month. San Fran currently owns the 2nd worst record in baseball too. Yuk.
CINCINNATI were one win away from sitting at .500 earlier this month after a four game sweep of the Cardinals. They now sit at 31-43 with series in Arizona (48-28) and Colorado (47-31) on the horizon. Pray for mercy.
Jose Bautista & Josh Donaldson
ESTABLISHED Blue Jays heroes Bautista and Donaldson have been anything but in 2017. Age and injuries respectively are taking their toll on the duo as they continue to post career low averages at the dish while being a member of the Toronto club. If the Blue Jays are to experience any type of success this season, both of these sluggers will need to up the anti.
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FOR all the good that Max Scherzer has being doing for the Washington Nationals, Tanner Roark is doing his best to undo it. Giving up a career high ERA of 5.15, Roark has allowed allowed four or more runs in six of his last 10 starts, giving up 70 hits compared to just 47 strikeout’s. He’s got to lift if the Nats want to claim the NL crown from a top heavy field.
New York Yankees
IT’S hard to see a team at 40-33 and 2nd in the entire American League sitting on the stock down list, but that’s exactly were the Yankees find themselves. They have won just two of their past 12 and find themselves trending in the wrong direction. Before the slump New York had a batting average of .275 and an ERA of 3.55. Over the past dozen games their average and ERA are .244 and 5.16, leading to them being outscored 50-72. A batting and pitching slump coinciding with one another isn’t pretty and they to sort their shit out ASAP.