Before we kick-off the second act of the MLB season, here’s where we’ve got everyone slated coming into this weekend.
30. Detroit Tigers, 28-57, last in the AL Central
Nicholas Castellanos has started to hit the ball again. Over his last 16 games of the first half, the 27-year-old 3B was hitting .369 with two home runs, 24 total hits, and a 1.000 OPS. Sadly, he’s the only one hitting with the Tigers hitting .233 as a team on the season — the third worst batting average in the league.
Their pitching has been decimated by injuries this season, with starter Matthew Boyd and reliever Shane Greene being the lone healthy standouts. Spencer Turnbull was added to the 10-day IL on June 28 with shoulder fatigued and no timetable has been set yet, meaning Detroit might just let Turnball take his time coming back. But it won’t make much of a difference, the Tigers have lost eight of their last 10 games and things aren’t going to turnaround anytime soon.
29. Baltimore Orioles, 27-62, last in the AL East
The Orioles pitching improved in June and has continued to trend in the right direction in July, as Andrew Cashner has lowered his ERA to 3.89. The 32-year-old starter had a rough start to 2019 but after an excellent June and July, posting a 1.41 ERA in 32 IP, Cashner might be turning himself into an asset that Baltimore can flip.
John Means, another starter who’s had a solid month of June, is rocking a 2.50 ERA on the season and has only allowed more than two runs in three starts this season. Over his last five starts, Means has posted a 1.93 ERA with 24 K’s to just 7 BB’s in 28 IP. However, despite the return Means could return to Baltimore at age 25 combined with his excellent 2019, but it might make more sense to hold on to Means for the future. But expect the Orioles to evaluate their roster and try and move pieces for future assets.