Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Past Two Weeks of Baseball Were a "Snoozefest"

Two Weeks of Baseball 2016
It has been a very quiet two weeks in the world of baseball, so this is not going to be the most detailed review. Let's get started.

The biggest story of the last two weeks has been the play of the Chicago White Sox. After starting the 2016 season 23-10, many people were dreaming of an all-Chicago World Series between the Cubs and White Sox. The last two weeks may have changed that. After starting the season with their pants on fire, the White Sox are just 4-13 in their last 17 games, and are showing serious holes. One such hole is the starting rotation behind Chris Sale. It appears that Kenny Williams and Rich Hahn aren't going to wait for the trade deadline to try to fix this, as they are already shopping around the league looking for help. The biggest name that has come up is San Diego Padres ace James Shields, who has kind of fallen off the map in the last 18 months, and is looking to get back to the American League. Meanwhile their cross-town rival, the Chicago Cubs, are continuing to run away from everyone in the National League. The Cubs are currently riding a four game winning streak and are 33-14, the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

After a decent start, the Reds are really sputtering in recent weeks, although that was sort of expected. The Reds began the season 14-19, but are just 2-14 in their last 16 games. Their entire pitching staff is a mess, but they are just going to continue to run those guys out there and let them see if they can fix it on their own. Staying in the National League Central, the Cardinals were getting ready for the return of veteran shortstop Johnny Peralta. However they are going to stall that due to him cutting his thumb now.

Moving out to the National League West, the San Francisco Giants are the hottest team in the game right now. The Giants started the season 16-18, and were kind of stuck in first gear. The Giants have taken off in recent weeks, and are 14-2 in their last 16 games. This was expected though. The Giants are now looking like what we all thought they would look like, the team most suited to prevent the Cubs from winning their first World Series in a century. The Major League debut of the Dodgers 19-year-old phenom pitcher, Julio Arias, was short lived. After not even making it out of the 4th inning in his first start, the Dodgers quickly sent him back down to Triple A. The Dodgers are desperately searching for answers for their rotation before the Giants runaway with the National League West, which it appears is going to happen.

Outside of the White Sox, there has been nothing to talk about in the American League over the last two weeks, I will forsake reviewing the AL in this post.

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