As the MLB season has completed week 10, we will examine some teams going in the right direction. And some other teams that didn’t fare so well this second week. So for this piece, we will look at three MLB teams going “Up” and three teams going “down.” So three up and three down will be coming out each Monday of the regular MLB season.
1 Up: Boston Red Sox
Coming off of a tough stretch against the Yankees in New York over the past two seasons, the Red Sox were determined to change that fate. During this past weekend’s series against the team from the Bronx, the Red Sox would control nearly all innings of the series. As a result, the Red Sox would sweep the Yankees in the Bronx and give themselves a strong 7-3 mark over their last ten games. Boston also finds themselves in the midst of a four-game winning streak and will look to continue that momentum Monday against the Miami Marlins.
1 Down: New York Yankees
The counter of the previous entry is that of the New York Yankees. To say that the Yankees have been a team that has struggled this season is putting it mildly. Instead, New York has been a team that has gone on a stretch of dominance. But sandwiched that with stretches of looking like a first-year tee-ball team not knowing the fundamentals of the game. New York has played .200 baseball (2-8) over their last ten games and find themselves swept and dropping four in a row. The Yankees will look to rebound against a foe with whom they have dominated the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
2 Up: Milwaukee Brewers
The hottest team in baseball right now is the Milwaukee Brewers. Over their last ten games, the Brew Crew is 9-1, and they are riding a four-game winning streak. The National League Central division is a tough battleground as four of the five teams all have the potential to capture the division by the season’s end. Right now, Milwaukee will look to keep the momentum rolling against fellow division rival Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
2 Down: St. Louis Cardinals
Now the one contending team in the National League Central division not fairing quite as well at the moment is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards are 3-7 over the last ten games and have dropped the last five in a row. However, the Cardinals are a strong ballclub and will likely turn this slide around quickly. Possibly the Cardinals could turn things around as quickly as Tuesday night when they face off against the Cleveland Indians.
3 Up: Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds find themselves in an odd position because while they one game under .500. But they are riding the hot hand back to even with a four-game winning streak. Cincy is in a tough division with three other potential contenders. For the Reds, this run will give them the potential of getting back in the race with the Cardinals (who are scuffling), as well as the Brewers and Cubs. Cincinnati looks to continue their roll Tuesday against the red hot division rival Milwaukee Brewers.
3 Down: Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers were not a club that was expected to be particularly impressive this season. And to this point in the season, they have not disappointed in that regard. The Texas Rangers have gone 1-9 over their last ten games and find themselves with an abysmal -50 in the run differential column. And that mark of -50 is the fifth worse in all of MLB. As a result, Texas will likely be receiving many calls leading to the July 31st trading deadline. And for the Rangers, everyone should be available for the right price because a rebuild is necessary down in the heart of Texas.
Be on the Lookout (BOLO): New York Mets
The New York Mets are an interesting club to dissect because they were an aggressive team this past offseason with a new owner. And when making a deal for one of the best players in the game in Francisco Lindor, you make yourself a target. But the Mets have handled that target rather easily thus far this season. The New York Mets are the only team in the National League East division that is above .500. Currently, the Mets have a 3.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division. New York also has a record of 6 games over .500 (29-23) and boasts the only positive run differential in the division (+11). Adding to those already impressive numbers is a 7-3 record over their last ten games. The Mets will attempt to continue their winning ways against the lowly Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.