The baseball season is a marathon and the team is currently right around the 13-mile watering station. We’ve learned a lot about our team and the coaching staff and front office along the way. The team came out of the gate slow, then went on a tear, then continued to play well through injuries and then seemingly had the injuries catch up with them.
The good news is that after losing a chunk of players along the way they are still 20 games over .500 and 5.5 games in front of the Texas Rangers in the AL West. The bad news is that lately some problem areas have been exposed, especially the starting staff where the replacement of Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers Jr.is showing some wear at the seams. Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole have pitched well except for a propensity of giving up the deep ball in the year of the home run. Wade Miley has pitched solidly but is headed into a quantity of innings that he has not seen in quite a while in his career. Brad Peacock was struggling lately (apparently throwing through some arm troubles) and is on the IL and the fifth spot has been a revolving door of question marks.
The bullpen has done well over all, but struggled a bit lately perhaps from overuse – the return of Collin McHugh may be a nice boost to that area. Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna have shown they are human, Hector Rondon, Josh James and Chris Devenski have been inconsistent and Will Harris has been strong with a few stumbles along the way.
The hitting should be better than it is even with Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz on the IL. Jose Altuve has not been the 200 hit machine this year at all. Alex Bregman has been great with no one on, poor with guys on base. George Springer is not quite back to his pre-injury self, Michael Brantley has been mostly steady Eddie, and remarkable rookie Yordan Alvarez has missed some time with a sore knee. Josh Reddick and Robinson Chirinos have been better than expected and Yulu Gurriel seems to be coming on with his two walk-offs in a row.
So taking your pulse with your team struggling to win lately…. Are you:
- Happy that they may have soldiered through a tough injury stretch with still a decent lead in the division?
- Unhappy because you see systemic issues in the rotation and bullpen that may drag them down?
- Happy because you know this front office has shown the gumption and ability to address problems in the middle of the season?
- Unhappy because they have not addressed them yet?