We are 50 games into an exciting season. Here’s how we grade each team in the AL East.
2019 has been less than fun for Orioles fans. Going in, it was well known that the O’s were about to start a long rebuild. All that has happened since affirms how painful the rebuild will be. As of May 24th, the Birds are last in ERA, have a run differential of -108, and hold the league’s worst record at 15-35, dropping 17.5 games out of first place. The lone bright spot has been Trey Mancini, who is hitting .301 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs. But odds are, he won’t be an Oriole in August. The O’s were over .500 for a good 4 days. Odds are, that’ll be the season total. The Orioles season is going exactly as everyone predicted: poorly.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox suffered a serious World Series hangover. Their 6-13 start would be the bad news. But since then, the reigning champs hold a 21-10 record, and have begun to look like their former selves. Slow starts from guys like Mookie Betts and Chris Sale have seemed to turn around. The Bo Sox offense currently ranks fifth in the league and they have jumped to third in the division and fifth in the AL. Along with last year’s stars, new guys such as Michael Chavis have begun to tear up the league. So far, Chavis has been the Sox MVP, batting .279 with 10 homers and an OPS of .943. A week or two ago, this would’ve been a depressing update for Beantown. Today, they look to be on their way to compete for another World Series.
New York Yankees
The Yankees have had the most lucky/unlucky season of all time, except I wouldn’t call it luck. The Yankees were, and still are, the most injured team in baseball. Every starter not named Torres, Voit, or Gardner has missed significant time, as well as 4 starting pitchers and a setup man. And, for the first couple of weeks, the Yanks record reflected that. Starting 6-9 in their first fifteen, the Yanks have torn it up since, posting a 26-8 record. All of that thanks to guys not named Aaron Judge or Luis Severino, like Gio Urshela and Domingo German. Urshela has filled in for last year’s ROY runner-up Miguel Andujar by posting a .333 average, with 19 RBIs in limited at-bats, including some premium clutch hitting. German has a major league-leading 9 wins, backed by a 2.60 ERA. Not to mention, proven stars like Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez are having great seasons. They lead the AL East, and look as if they intend to keep that up.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays have had a quiet season. They sit at a disappointing 20-30 at the 50 game mark, and have shown some glaring holes. They are hitting a rock bottom .218, and are 25th in the league in runs. Although posting a respectable 4.07 ERA, they have truly lacked run support all season. For example, Marcus Stroman has a 2.81 ERA but is 2-6. But there is an upside. Main attraction Vlad Guerrero Jr. got off to a slow start, but has picked it up big time. Just recently, he won AL Player of the Week honors. Despite a poor, uneventful start, things are always looking up with such young talent.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have straight-up had a terrific first 50 games. They lead the league in ERA with a 2.98, 0.4 better than any other team. Young talent like Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows have been best case scenarios as well. Before getting injured, Glasnow had a 6-1 record, with a 1.86 ERA and 55 SO in 8 starts. Meadows has been a force, posting a .321 average with 9 home runs and 24 RBIs, paired with a 1.031 OPS. Also, young infielder Brandon Lowe has shown impressive power with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. The Rays managed to hold first place for the majority of the season, but a late surge by the Bombers have knocked them down to number 2 in the division. Despite this, the Rays continue to overperform. In my mind, this season and start is no fluke. This is a good team, and they should compete for the AL title this year, and years to come.