1 sentence to describe the current state of each MLB team | Launderer’s report
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Major League Baseball’s 2022 season is coming halfway through, so it’s fair to say that we know a lot more about all 30 teams now than we did on opening day. Something to fill books, even.
But since nobody has time for that, let’s keep it simple and describe the current state of each team in one sentence.
The idea here was to try to sum up where each team stands for someone who hasn’t paid attention to baseball all year. If that’s you, I hope you find it informative. If that’s not you, well, you might get something else out of this exercise.
We’ll go division by division, starting with the American League East and ending with the National League West.
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1. New York Yankees: 52-20
It’s no fun to not be touchedbut the Yankees still have bragging rights with their league-best 141-plus-point differential and the best record by any team through 72 games since the Seattle Mariners in 2001.
3. Boston Red Sox: 41-31
The frustration of the Red Sox’s slow start (11-20 through May 11) has long since faded as their starting pitcher (3.40 ERA) and violation (129 wRC+) led the club to a 30-11 record dating back to May 13.
2. Toronto Blue Jays: 40-31
Kudos to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the rest of the Toronto offense for finally achieving the best in the league 145 wRC+ in June, but Hyun Jin Ryu’s Tommy John operation was a blow to a pitching staff that was risked outside of aces Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah and closer to Jordan Romano.
4. Tampa Bay Rays: 39-32
Although 16 different players have hit home runs for the Rays, the unspectacular returns of supposed boppers like Wander Franco, Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena explain why the runs have been hard to find and, more broadly, why this team doesn’t match the Rays’ 2021 100-win pace.
5. Baltimore Orioles: 34-39
The Orioles are obviously always bad, but their leap to watchable bad is most noticeable when their end-of-innings trio of Jorge Lopez, Dillon Tate and Felix Bautista (Combined ERA: 1.42) goes to work.
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1. Minnesota Twins: 40-33
Rocco Baldelli is doing the trickiest dance in baseball right now with his management of Byron Buxton, who remains on the periphery of the AL MVP race with 19 homers in 53 games even as he struggles persistent knee problems.
2. Cleveland Guardians: 36-31
Guardians easily have the best contact violation and one of the most reliable enclosures although he also has the league third lowest payrollso someone should speak with Michael Lewis and see if he’s interested in a Moneyball sequel.
3. Chicago White Sox: 33-37
4. Detroit Tigers: 28-43
It’s inexcusable that the Tigers are slipping back after several years of rebuilding and following a turbulent off-season, so general manager Al Avila should fear for his job at the moment.
5. Kansas City Royals: 26-44
It’s all well and good that Bobby Witt Jr. lives up to the hype of being MLB’s No. 1 prospect, but when did team president Dayton Moore learn that three of the worst seasons in Royals history have occurred in the past five years?
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1. Houston Astros: 45-26
Even in a roster that gets solid to stellar performances from Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, Michael Brantley and Jeremy Pena, Yordan Alvarez still dominates his peers amid a high-yielding, low-output campaign. worthy of comparisons with the Albert Pujols peak.
2. Texas Rangers: 34-36
They are more competitive than they were last year despite their less than they expected high-priced infielders Corey Seager and Marcus Semien, so a run for a wildcard slot might just be in the, uh, cards if those two get hot for the stretch run.
3. Seattle Mariners: 34-39
“Fun differentialdropped the Mariners even though their rush differential has improved significantly since 2021, though they can at least be pleased with Julio Rodriguez’s rise as one of the baseball players most dynamic players over the past two months.
4. Los Angeles Angels: 34-40
Between the “meh” 4.06 ERA by Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen and total fullness from the middle of the infield, general manager Perry Minasian and owner Arte Moreno dropped the ball by not surrounding Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani with better talent last winter.
5. Oakland Athletics: 24-49
Let’s say fans of A are absolutely right to realize that they don’t deserve what the property has done to the franchise.
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1. New York Mets: 47-26
If you told the Mets in March that they would lead the NL East at the end of June despite just eight departures from Max Scherzer and none from Jacob deGrom and ERAs in the 4.00s from Chris Bassitt and Carlos Carrasco, they would take that.
2. Atlanta: 42-31
Everything finally fell into place for the defending champions amid their 14-game winning streak between June 1-15, but the process of proving they can reliably win matches against other competitive teams is underway.
3. Philadelphia Phillies: 38-35
They are still an imperfect team, especially when it comes to a defense that ranks 29th in MLB with fewer than 26 defensive runs saved, but the Phillies’ 17-6 record since the removal of Joe Girardi is hard proof that sometimes firing the manager works.
4. Miami Marlins: 32-38
5. Washington Nationals: 26-48
Between the forfeitures of Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, the uncertain future of Juan Soto and the MASN Messanyone buy the Nationals of the Lerner family will have some sort of mess to clean up.
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T-1. St. Louis Cardinals: 41-33
Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado dominate (together 168 CMR+) as the Cardinals intended when they organized the superstar duo before last season, and there’s just a different vibe around this team that’s different from the Cardinals’ old clubs.
T-1. Milwaukee Brewers: 41-33
Despite all the issues they have with their pitching staff, the biggest issue the Brewers have right now is that neither Christian Yelich nor anyone else has claimed the forward role that Yelich himself has. played so well in 2018 and 2019.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates: 29-42
The Pirates are another team that made the leap from unwatchably to watchably bad, and even more so now that Gold Glove contender Ke’Bryan Hayes doesn’t even have the best arm on the left side of their infield.
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4. Chicago Cubs: 27-45
They didn’t come into this season planning to run a summer market fire sale for the second year in a row, but it’s reassuring that they’re doing very well in the potential trades of NL-best wide receiver Willson Contreras and closest reborn David Robertson.
5. Cincinnati Reds: 24-47
It’s probably not a good sign that the most interesting parts of the Reds’ season so far have been when the owner’s son patronized fans and the other time one of their outfielders slapped a guy over a fantasy league for a whole different sport.
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1. Los Angeles Dodgers: 44-26
So far they’ve survived Max Muncy and Justin Turner’s cold bats and Craig Kimbrel’s uncertain closing routine, but they’re going to need more than a few things to bounce back while they wait for Mookie Betts (coast) and Walker Buehler (elbow) to regain health.
2. San Diego Padres: 45-29
If it comes to how they thrived without world shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist), it’s certain that Manny Machado and Joe Musgrove have established themselves as the clear favorites for the NL MVP and the NL Cy Young Award, respectively. .
3. San Francisco Giants: 39-32
Going from a largely effortless 107-win season in 2021 to a more up-and-down grind this season, they’ve become a living embodiment of Bill James.”plexiglass principle“, which argues that teams that improve one season are doomed to decline the next.
4. Arizona Diamonds: 32-41
The hiring of former Astros pitching coach Brent Strom has done wonders for Madison Bumgarner and the rest of the Arizona mound staff, but a full return to discord has so far been delayed. by an offense whose batting average of .213 is better only that the humble A.
5. Colorado Rockies: 31-41
Even after signing so many extensions, trading for Randal Grichuk and adding Kris Bryant to the free agent market, it’s almost awe-inspiring that the Rockies still feel like a rudderless franchise.