As we head to the mid-way point of the season and June winds down,MLB trade season approaches as teams start to either make a push towards the postseason or accept it’s not their year.
30. Baltimore Orioles, 22-57, last in the AL East (ranked 30th last week)
The Orioles are well on their way to losing 100 games again this season, winning only four games in the month of June. At least fans are able to see Manny Machado return to Baltimore this week, with the Padres coming in for a three-game set. They saw their former 3B/SS clubbed a home run Tuesday night and he received some cheers from the Oriole faithful.
But Baltimore’s pitching has been brutal to watch. With a 5.85 ERA and a bullpen with a nearly 20 percent HR/FB rate, this group is pretty bad. OF Trey Mancini has been the one true standout on offense with 17 home runs and a .919 OPS, but the O’s are only scoring barely four runs per game. Things look bleak in Birdland at the moment.
29. Detroit Tigers, 26-48, 4th in the AL Central (ranked 26th last week)
The Tigers have lost five straight games and are 1-9 in their last 10, with an offense that hasn’t hit all season and doesn’t have any young hitters standing out at the moment. Their pitching has been great at the top with Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull, but the rest of the group has been sub-par this season.
Detroit’s best trade piece is closer Shane Greene, who has 21 saves on the year and a 0.90 ERA on the season. Being one of the most reliable arms in the game at the moment, Greene should attract a solid return on the market this year. Hopefully, it’s enough to get them a top prospect because their system is devoid of talent, much like their roster.