Welcome to the first installment of Across The Diamond, where I will be providing a periodic analysis of players across all levels of professional baseball. The goal here is to track current statistical trends to see how players may perform in the following weeks and how to best take advantage of this in your fantasy baseball leagues.
I realize we are not even to the All-Star break but there are several teams that should already be thinking about next year. For these teams, this year is probably already lost not even halfway through the season.
In the American League, the season is probably all but lost for the Red Sox, the Twins and the Mariners. These teams are all more than 7 games out in the respective divisions. The Red Sox are 7.5 games back in the AL East. That might not seem like a lot but in that division it’s like an ocean of space. The top three teams in the AL East are separated by 3.5 games. They are all playing well. The Red Sox 7.5 games in this division look like some other teams 11 games back. They just don’t have the team to compete with the Rays or Yankees this year and they are not going to anytime this season most likely. Read more...(541 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
If you were expecting Manny Ramirez to make a monumental comeback in professional baseball, your dreams were crushed Friday when the OaklandA’s released Man-Ram as per his request.
“The A’s treated me amazingly during all this time, but sadly didn’t have space for me and this is something I can’t control,” Ramirez said in a recent phone interview. “I’m going home to continue my training hoping to get the chance to play again. I’ll be waiting for that call and if God believes (playing) is the best for me, then it’ll happen. If not, I’ll understand.
“It was an amazing experience. I was given tremendous treatment by Oakland’s major league and Triple-A staff. I’ll always have them in my heart. I was ready to play, but Oakland didn’t have a space in its roster. I understand.” Read more...(349 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
In the American League, the story for the first full week of June remains much the same as it has been for the entire 2012 season – Rangers lead the way.
The Texas Rangers are still the best in the American League after 55 games. The Rangers are 32-23 and have a .582 winning percentage. Of late though, they have fallen off a bit going 5-5 over the last 10 games. It has done little close the gap between other teams in the AL West however. The Angels have been playing much better ball than earlier in the season going 7-3 for their last 10 but they are still 4.5 games behind the Rangers. Tampa Bay and the White Sox lead the AL East and Central divisions with the exact same records 31-23. Read more...(414 words, 1 image, estimated 1:39 mins reading time)
Veteran third baseman Brandon Inge recently agreed to terms on a contract with the Oakland Athletics. The deal comes just days after Inge was released from the Detroit Tigers, the only ballclub he’s ever played for in his 12 years as a big leaguer.
“It’s a good feeling, but at the same time it’s different,” Inge said. “Just spending that long in one organization, it’s part of my home. But the business side of it is: sometimes you’ve got to realize when the end is. This is a better fit for me right now, and I’m happy to be here. I was a fan of this team when I was a kid, too. I remember watching Rickey Henderson.” Read more...(270 words, 1 image, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
In the American League, the early start to the season has become a tale of one team and the rest of them. The Rangers are far and away leading the AL and everyone else is just tagging along for the ride at this point.
The Rangers in 13 games to start the season are 11-2. They are 9-1 for their last 10. They have won 7 games in a row. They are a perfect 6-0 on the road. They have an .846 winning percentage that is far and away better than the rest of the American League. The Rangers started the season looking to be the team to beat and they have shown that prediction to be true so far. Read more...(407 words, 1 image, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
I do not want to sound xenophobic, but the opening series of the Major League Baseball season should be played in America and not Japan. It is hard to call the opening series in Japan a failure if you are with the MLB, as the combined attendance was reported at over 87,000. It has become somewhat of a tradition for baseball to have at least some openers in Japan, the Mets and Cubs played in Japan in 2000, Yankees and Tampa in 2004, and Red Sox and Athletics in 2008. Clubs have also played games in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Read more...(458 words, 1 image, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)