Each week we find ourselves inching closer to MLB’s point of no return. Where the “Buyers” and “Sellers” in MLB make their intentions clear. We can start to see a picture emerge as repeat offenders who find themselves going in the same direction on this countdown. So let’s get right to it. And don’t forget to take a look back at previous installments of 3 Up and 3 Down: MLB Edition.
1 Up- Detroit Tigers
In a shocking turn of events, the Detroit Tigers have found themselves on the better side of a winning week. As over their last 10 games, they have gone 7-3. However, though some good times are rolling in Motown it must be made clear that the Tigers are in a rebuilding stage. And still, find themselves with an under .500 winning percentage. But in MLB’s AL Central division the race is close with Detroit being just 3 games behind the Cleveland Indians.
1 Down- Baltimore Orioles
For all the doubt placed on the Tigers prior to the season, the Baltimore Orioles were expected to compete. However, games are played on the field and not on paper and the O’s have struggled. Over their last 10 games, the O’s have lost 9 games. With the trade deadline approaching, Baltimore should be active in the trade market. As Baltimore has several players with expiring contracts that they should look to deal.
2 Up- Seattle Mariners
The longest current playoff drought is at present moment held by the Seattle Mariners. But their play this season indicates that they want to change that. The Mariners are only a few games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the AL West.
2 Down- Kansas City Royals
Kansas City held on to their 2015 MLB World Series key players all throughout the 2017 season. Thus leaving themselves staring at a long rebuild in the works. They have struggled this season as well. They have now begun the deadline deals, trading their closer Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals for several prospects.
3 Up- Houston Astros
Defending World Champion Houston Astros, somewhat sputtered out of the gate. However, as expected they have rebounded and shown their dominance. The Astros have won 12 straight games and are 2 games ahead of Seattle in the MLB AL West division standings. And they show no signs of stopping.
3 Down- Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies were among the early teams finding success. However, in recent weeks they have gone the other direction. They are currently mired in a 2-8 slide over their last 10 games. And have a negative 44 run differential. Colorado will look to get back on track tonight against the likewise struggling New York Mets.
B.O.L.O.- New York Yankees
The Yankees have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games. They also currently hold first place in the AL East. There’s no secret that all teams will be looking to bolster their teams and the Yankees are no different. New York has room under the luxury tax threshold and the prospects to make a deal happen if one should materialize.