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Who’s Hot Who’s Not in MLB

We are about one month away from the end of the baseball season, can you believe that? It just seemed like yesterday people were debating about could the Boston Red Sox repeat as World Champions and could the St. Louis Cardinals come out of the National League again? Well as we start to learn a few of those answers, here’s who’s hot and who’s not as we head to the last month of the season.

 

Who’s Hot?

Miami Marlins: The Marlins were picked by many to be the worst team in the National League, but someone forgot to tell the players that. At the start of day (8/21), the Marlins are not only not 3 1/2 games out of the last wild card spot, they are one of the hottest teams in baseball. They have a 19-14 record since the All-Star break and have the third best record in the National League and sixth best record in baseball overall. We will see if the Marlins are serious contenders over the next three weeks. They have to play two series against the Atlanta Braves, one against the Milwaukee Brewers and one against the Los Angeles Angels.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

While everyone was talking about the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics in the American League, the Angels have been quietly sneaking around. Now that the A’s have stumbled a bit, the Angels have continued their great play and now they own the best record in all of baseball. The Angels offense is responsible for a lot of their success as they are third in majors in runs scored, fifth in RBIs and sixth in slugging. Just think how good this team can be if Josh Hamilton gets it together offensively.

Washington Nationals 

Washington is currently the hottest team in baseball as they have won nine straight games. The Nationals pitching has been outstanding during the month of August as they have a 2.44 ERA, which is the best in the National League. They now have a seven game lead over the Braves and have boosted their playoff chances. With the Baltimore Orioles currently leading the AL East, it is very possible that we could have both DMV area teams in the postseason.

 

Who’s Not?

Oakland Athletics

Many had already awarded the A’s the AL West, but the Angels are currently leading the division. The Athletics have lost eight out of their last 10 games and their lack of offense is a major reason. Oakland is hitting only .229 for the month of August. Yes the Athletics have good pitching, but you have to be able to score runs to win games. There’s still enough time for them to turn it around, so I’m not going to write them off just yet.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Much like 2011 and 2012, the Pirates are starting to fade late in the season. Before yesterday’s victory over the Braves, the Pirates were on their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight in September of 2012. The good news is the Pirates are only two games out of the last wild card spot. Problem is I have a hard time believing they will beat out either San Francisco or Atlanta for the final spot.

Cincinnati Reds

I am guilty of saying the Reds had a good shot at getting one of the wild card spots. Boy I was wrong. The Reds have lost eight of 10 and appeared to be all but out of the wild card race. The Reds offense has been average as they are hitting .252 for the month of August. But if you combined that with their 4.09 ERA for the month, then you see why the Reds have struggled.

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