Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM EDT
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes:
30. Brewers – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Over their last 90 games (dating to Aug. 20, 2014), they’re 29-61. That’s not very good.
29. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Only one player with OPS+ over 100: Howard. Pretty much says it all.
28. Marlins – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Redmond’s winning percentage: .421. Jennings’ winning percentage: .375. What, again, was the reason for that change?
27. Athletics – Hughes: (LW: 28) The A’s are terrible so far this season, but Billy Beane has plenty of pieces to sell off before the trade deadline.
26. Red Sox – Hughes: (LW: 24) Boston looked like a potent offense early in the season, but now they rank among MLB’s worst.
25. Reds – Zuckerman: (LW: 26) Pretty clear they won’t contend this year. Which means they need to start thinking about selling big names.
24. Rockies – Zuckerman: (LW: 25) What happened to Carlos Gonzalez? Hitting just .227/.306/.337 with 13 RBI.
23. Orioles – Hughes: (LW: 19) The Orioles are now 19th in runs scored. Will they recover, or is this who they are?
22. White Sox – Hughes: (LW: 20) Former third overall pick Carlos Rodon is off to a nice start with a 3.12 ERA through eight games.
21. Mariners – Hughes: (LW: 13) They add Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz and they STILL can’t score.
20. Blue Jays – Hughes: (LW: 22) As the Nationals saw this week, Toronto’s offense is no joke.
19. Diamondbacks – Zuckerman: (LW: 23) Good lord is Goldschmidt good: .349/.470/.667 slash line.
18. Indians – Hughes: (LW: 21) Gerrit Cole isn’t the only former UCLA Bruin having a breakout season. Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer is looking great at 5-2 with a 2.94 ERA.
17. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 16) Hovering right around the .500 mark, which is better than many thought this team could do this year.
16. Padres – Zuckerman: (LW: 17) No, you can’t really judge a pitcher by his won-loss record. But Shields is 7-0, and that has to count for something.
15. Tigers – Hughes: (LW: 8) Detroit has lost seven in a row, as their pitching has failed them. Might be time to go look for a starter.
14. Rangers – Hughes: (LW: 18) The Rangers are starting to surprise people after leapfrogging the Mariners for third in their division. Look out for 22 year old Delino DeShields, Jr. (.291 BA, 13 SB, 25 R in 39 G).
13. Angels – Hughes: (LW: 15) L.A. is still yet to take off and sits 5 1/2 games back in the AL West. Something tells me they’re in first by the All-Star break.
12. Rays – Hughes: (LW: 14) Steven Souza’s strikeout rate is astronomical, but he leads the Rays in homers, RBI, steals, runs and walks.
11. Yankees – Hughes: (LW: 12) Mark Teixeira (16 HR, .932 OPS) and Alex Rodriguez (11 HR, .880 OPS) continue to pace the throwback Yanks.
10. Cubs – Zuckerman: (LW: 10) So much young talent, and they’re all learning on the job together.
9. Mets – Zuckerman: (LW: 9) As much attention as young rotation gets, don’t overlook their bullpen (2nd-best ERA in NL).
8. Nationals – Zuckerman: (LW: 3) Lineup suddenly in a weeklong funk, but Rendon’s long-awaited return will be a big spark for them.
7. Giants – Zuckerman: (LW: 7) Just enjoyed their third White House visit in 5 years. Might as well give them their own set of keys at this point.
6. Pirates – Zuckerman: (LW: 11) Really impressive road sweep in San Francisco, led by Big Three of Cole, Burnett, Liriano.
5. Royals – Hughes: (LW: 5) The Royals have taken a few steps back in recent weeks, as their offense has scored two runs or less in seven of their last nine games.
4. Twins – Hughes: (LW: 6) It’s hard to fathom the Twins are currently first place in the AL Central, the best division in baseball this year.
3. Dodgers – Zuckerman: (LW: 4) Tops in the NL in HR, BB, OBP, SLG, OPS. That’ll usually get the job done.
2. Astros – Hughes: (LW: 2) Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.85) is looking like a legit contender for AL Cy Young right now.
1. Cardinals – Zuckerman: (LW: 1) Four regulars with .822 OPS or better (Wong, Peralta, Carpenter, Holliday).
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
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