They’re tied with the Reds for the fourth most runs scored in baseball (behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays) and have allowed the second fewest (behind the Giants) with 264 and 175 in those respective categories.
Sounds like an effective formula to me (and it’s worked well enough for an MLB-best 34 wins).
New York Yankees (Prev: 3)
The Yankees and their near $200 million payroll are once again rolling through the American League.
But the supposed heroes (Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez) haven’t been the real standouts in the Bronx. Yeah, they’ve been good, but those honors go to Phil Hughes (6-1, 2.70 ERA, team-high 57 Ks) and Robinson Cano (.362/.405/.607).
Just add red-hot “expecteds” and this team has the makeup to, at the very least, make a run at the No. 1 Rays.
Minnesota Twins (Prev: 6)
Justin Morneau is beating the world (best AVG and OBP with second-best SLG), the staff holds the eighth-best ERA in baseball and Joe Mauer has been a little off (only two home runs through 42 games).
All of those factors make the AL Central-leading Twins a very scary group.
San Diego Padres (Prev: 5)
Who would’ve expected that, at the start of the month of June, the San Diego Padres would have the best staff ERA in baseball (2.98)?
And who would’ve expected that the Friars would be in first in the NL West?
While the pitching has been phenomenal, the team average of .242 (fifth-worst in baseball) and seventh-worst run total in baseball (204) make one wonder if this sort of performance is really sustainable.
But it’s worked so far…and as long as the pitching even kind of resembles its current state the rest of the season, the Padres have to be considered legit contenders in a rather weak NL West...