The dog days of summer are rapidly approaching as the 2012 MLB season is now in the month of June. A much clearer picture of how each team stacks up can be determined just by looking at the season long stats. The following is a list of the hottest and coldest teams entering the ninth week of the season.
Chicago White Sox (5-1, $436): The Palehose had their nine-game win streak snapped at home by the Seattle Mariners, but manager Robin Ventura’s squad still posted a solid profit over the last week which catapulted them into the #4 slot on the 2012 money earned list with a hefty $817 return on investment. Chicago is now the ringleader atop the AL Central sitting a comfortable 2 ½-games ahead of Cleveland. They’ve been at their best away from U.S. Cellular Field having won 17 of their 26 games played ($1,063).
On The Docket: Dayan Viciedo and his scorching hot bat will look to tee off on the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros pitching staffs this week at home where they’ve won seven of their last nine.
Colorado Rockies (5-1, $353): The Rockies found themselves on the money-burners list for two consecutive weeks in May, but manager Jim Tracy’s outfit has really picked up some steam over the last two weeks. They’re 8-3 since dropping a season-high six straight games, and just took two of three from the nose-diving Dodgers to pull to within 9 1/2-games of the NL West leaders. The Rockies have mashed all season long evidenced by their 5.3 RPG average (#2); that paired with one of the worst pitching staffs has led to Colorado being one of the best ‘over’ investments in the league (32-19-2).
On The Docket: The Rox will look to continue chiseling off some of their season long $$$ deficit (-$864) with three in the desert against the Diamondbacks before returning home to battle the resurgent Los Angeles Angels; Colorado’s lost 11 of its L/15 as visitors.
Kansas City Royals (4-2, $201): The Royals got out to a nightmarish start to their 2012 campaign leaving those bullish on them at the start of the season wondering what they ever saw in manager Ned Yost’s squad. However, KC has now rattled off series wins in each of their last three sets, getting the best of the Orioles, Indians, and A’s behind some timely hitting and excellent pitching. This club sat 10-games under .500 on May 1st, but is now just six-games under and seven games out in the division race; it just might possess some staying power yet!
On The Docket: The Royals got three with the Twins at home (7-18, -$1,149) before hitting the road for Interleague play in Pittsburgh; KC’s been nothing but money away from Kauffman Stadium (16-11, $1,233).
St. Louis Cardinals (1-5, -$394): The defending champs have plummeted both in the NL Central standings and money earned list over the last couple weeks. Manager Mike Matheny has been forced to deal with a ton of injuries to his potent offensive lineup, and because of it, the starting staff’s true colors have started to shine through. St. Louis dropped each of the first three with the Mets (as chalk) heading into Monday’s extended series finale; they managed a grand total of one run in those games and had the first ever no-hitter thrown at them by a member of the Mets.
On The Docket: The Redbirds will attempt to get healthy at Minute Maid Park for three (6-4 L/10) before returning home from their 10-game road trip to battle the Cleveland Indians in Interleague play; St. Louis is 15-15 its L/30 vs. the American League.
Oakland A’s (1-5, -$385): The losing streak reached nine in a row before the A’s finally snapped it with a 9-3 win over the Royals on Saturday; Manager Bob Melvin’s squad then went on to drop the finale 2-0. It was the third shutout absorbed by this offensively challenged ball club over the last week, increasing the season’s running total to 11 overall. The lack of offense has flat out killed Oakland’s starting staff, as it’s pitched a heck of a lot better than a 23-31 overall record indicates.
On The Docket: Oakland will attempt to improve upon its poor home record (10-15, -$515) with four against the Texas Rangers before heading to the desert to battle the D-backs in Interleague play; the A’s are 14-16 their L/30 versus the NL.
Baltimore Orioles (1-5, -$359): The O’s reign atop the AL East looks to be all but over. After dropping two of three in “The Trop” over the weekend, manager Buck Showalter’s squad currently sits a game in back of the Rays and is in danger of falling into last place as closely contested as this division has been over the first two months of the season. Injuries to Nick Markakis and Adam Jones have handcuffed this team offensively, as it’s managed an average of just 2.5 runs per game the L/8 times the squad took to the playing field.
On The Docket: Baltimore will attempt to build upon its success within the division (17-12) on the road against the Red Sox for three before returning home (14-13, $143) to welcome the Philadelphia Phillies in for an Interleague set; the O’s are 13-17 their L/30 against the NL.