Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:01 PM
THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT - WE CHECK OUT PERSONAL WISH LISTS FOR ONE TEAM IN EACH OF THE SIX DIVISIONS
Check it out: The 2017 Major-League Baseball season is not even one-third through its 162-game-per-team schedule and yet there's major panic setting in all 'round the bigs as we'll soon point out.
Sure, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals still sport bloated leads in the American League West and National League East, respectively, and it's been a renaissance season for the likes of the New York Yank Yankees, Minnesota Twins and the Colorado (just to name a few!) but call it "wish list" time for a bunch of MLB squads and below we'll name one team from each division and tell 'ya what they are wishing for as we bounce our way through a basketball-less Memorial Day Weekend.
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THE MLB REPORT
Okay, so Christmas is still months away but that doesn't mean there are not wish lists for a batch of MLB teams right here/right now. Note we've printed the pre-Memorial Day Weekend records for all teams listed below:
NL EAST - NEW YORK METS (19-26) - So, where does one begin? The Mets rank dead last in MLB in team ERA (5.09) and there's no telling when ace RHP Noah Syndergaard will return from his lat muscle injury (likely late August/early September) as the entire rotation has been ravaged with injuries and ineffectiveness plus this bullpen might well be the worst and most overused in all of baseball. If there's one wish the Mets could get granted, it'd be an arm or two out of the pen that can help the likes of lefty specialist Jerry Blevins and seventh-inning guy Fernando Salas some rest.
NL CENTRAL - ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (23-21) - The Redbirds have a losing mark at home (12-13) and rank second-to-last in the senior circuit when it comes to home runs (44 dingers) and yet they recently dealt away lefty slugger Matt Adams to Atlanta ... hmmm? Still, if the Cards really would like to have a wish granted at this stage of the season, it's to get OF Randall Grichuk going after going homerless the past two weeks. P.S., the Cards benched Grichuk in Thursday's game against the LA Dodgers but he'll have his opportunities to come alive ... he better soon!
NL WEST - SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (20-29) - Give the 2010, '12 and '14 champs credit for not folding the tent on this current campaign even though star LHP Madison Bumgarner will be sidelined another couple of months after that silly dirt bike accident a few weeks ago. The Jints - who host Atlanta and Washington this weekend/week - sport the league's ninth-best team ERA (4.38) but give San Fran something to wish for it's another stick to help out the likes of C Buster Posey. No doubt 1B Brandon Belt - who leads the team with 9 home runs and 21 RBI - is becoming a tough out but SF has to get someone in there behind Belt/Posey and right now there's no one in this lineup that can provide relief ... paging Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria or perhaps Kansas City 3B Mike Moustakas in a trade?
AL EAST - BOSTON RED SOX (25-21) - Let's see: The Sawx have played approximately 28 percent of its season and already we've had a "vote of confidence" for under-siege manager John Farrell, a lousy excuse that the offense ain't right 'cause David "Big Papi" Ortiz is no longer around and a prodigal son return from LHP David Price on Memorial Day. Gee, this is "As The World Turns" stuff, ain't it? But, seriously, the Red Sox have plenty of items on their wish list but the glaring need is a deeper pitching staff that's so far leaned way too heavily on LHP Chris Sale (5-2, 0.81 WHIP) and still-young lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.
AL CENTRAL - DETROIT TIGERS (22-24) - If you're a regular viewer of MLB Network's fun baseball show High Heat than you know that host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo makes some really great points when it comes to this Tigers team: For starters, Russo questions what the "identity" of this 2017 Detroit team is and we do too ... the Motowners are a middle-of-the-pack team offensively (rank ninth in batting average, sixth in runs scored and eighth in home runs) and a crummy pitching team (rank 14th in the AL in team ERA at 4.63) and truth is we don't know whether RHP Justin Verlander is still a top-shelf hurler or is he officially on the down side of his brilliant career? The Tigers need some pitching help with special emphasis on the back of the pen where closer Francisco Rodriguez has blown four saves and allowed five home runs in 16.1 innings.
AL WEST - LOS ANGELES ANGELS (25-25) -- Really want to know what's at the very top of the Halos' "wish list"? How about a consistent force in the lineup behind two-time MVP Mike Trout (15 HR, 35 RBI, .461 on-bae percentage) because between various ailments bogging down veteran 1B/DH Albert Pujols and all those intentional walks served up to Trout, the Angels just are not getting their biggest bang for their buck with the sport's numero uno player on their side. Naturally, it might help the Angels' cause to get back some of those injured starting pitchers too but get somebody hot in the order right behind Trout and Mike Scioscia's squad could make some wild card noise.
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