LOS ANGELES, August 9, 2013 — A quick look at the standings, there are five teams that are just legitimate disappointments at this point in the season. The Toronto Blue Jays, Anaheim Angels, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants were all expected to be better, much better, and all were expected to be higher in the standings with less than 50 games remaining.
The team that has been the biggest disappointment this season is the Anaheim Angels, as this was the year that the organization expected to finally win a World Series for owner Arte Moreno. However, Joe Blanton was an awful experiment. The Angels regularly allow Jerome Williams to take the mound.
Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have been extreme wastes of money. Pujols is likely to miss the rest of the year with his foot injury. Fans were expecting a better record than the current 51-62.
The Washington Nationals are almost running neck and neck with Anaheim for MLBs most disappointing team thus far. Sporting an unspectacular 54-60 record, the Nationals are spoiling Davey Johnson’s final year as a manager. One has to wonder if Davey and Tom Rizzo are already regretting their decision to shut down Strasburg last year.
The heist of the offseason was pulled off by the Toronto Blue Jays. The trade with Miami netted Toronto four quality Marlins, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and Emilio Bonifacio. In hindsight the trade has not helped the Blue Jays as much as they had hoped. They also got last year’s NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey, who this year is sporting a pedestrian 4.49 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Toronto is in last place in the AL East with a 53-61 record.
A big deal was made about San Francisco essentially bringing back the same team with which they won the 2012 World Series. Similar team should equate to similar results, right? Wrong. San Francisco is in last place in the NL West, 13 games behind Los Angeles, with a 51-63 record. Pablo Sandoval is huge this year and not in a Barry Bonds-huge kind of way either. He is listed at 240 pounds, but there is no way he is even close to that and it is showing with his mediocre results at the plate.
On a positive note, Tim Lincecum appears to be regaining his form somewhat. Since June 4, Lincecum owns a 3.39 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to go with 82 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched. Unfortunately for Lincecum, he has a 3-6 record to show for his work during that span.
The Cincinnati Reds looked like they could be the new Big Red Machine before this year started. Their offense was stacked with Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jay Bruce. Their starting rotation was solid. Aroldis Chapman anchored a lights out bullpen. Then the baseball season took its toll and the Reds now sit in third place in the NL Central, seven games behind Pittsburgh, with a 63-51 record. They do, however, currently have a four and a half game lead over Arizona for the final Wild Card spot.
Dishonorable mention goes to the Philadelphia Phillies. While they were not expected to be all that good, nobody expected that they would be this bad, 52-62 bad, at this point in the season. Nor did anyone expect the Phillies to be trailing the Mets, who were supposed to be and are an awful team, by a game and a half in the standings.
Honorable mention goes to The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were well on their way to topping this list earlier in the year. Then they brought up Yasiel Puig and everyone started playing better, except Brandon League. He got removed from the closer role and the rest of the bullpen started pitching better. The Dodgers rattled off 15 straight road wins and are now 5 ½ games ahead in first place in the NL West after taking three out of four in St. Louis. Their 64-50 record, however, would be good for third if they were in the NL Central, a game better than Cincinnati.
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