I really feel like each week we talk about how bizarre 2020 is, however I additionally suppose the attitude is important. It’s Sept. 7. The playoffs shall be in excessive gear one month from now, but the St. Louis Cardinals have nonetheless solely performed 32 video games. How tousled is that? 

Since we had been disadvantaged of baseball for months, I’ve loved having it again a lot. Many elements. Each facet. All of the elements! 

Maybe the factor I’ve cherished probably the most is watching the “potential” breakthrough groups make good on it. My highschool coach used to say “potential means nothing.” It is true. The Nationals had been “potential” contenders this season. The Rangers, Angels and Reds had been “potential” contenders. What has that meant? 

The White Sox, Padres and Blue Jays had been additionally in that class. Nevertheless, these “potential” breakout candidates have made good on it this season. They’ve been a lot enjoyable, too. 

White Sox

What are you able to even say about this crew? They’re off-the-charts enjoyable. We knew Tim Anderson was going to be an enormous motive right here and we suspected children Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert could be, however how about veteran slugger Jose Abreu throwing himself into the MVP dialog? Even when there’s backslide from the aforementioned gamers, Yasmani Grandal and Yoan Moncada are able to choosing it up. On the pitching aspect, Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Giolito are pitching like dueling aces and Dylan Stop supplies a 3rd starter for the playoff rotation. 


We have been on them for some time, but it surely’s for good motive. Fernando Tatis is forward of schedule as an MVP candidate, Manny Machado is making good on his contract and Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers are rejuvenated. The pitching employees — particularly after the trades pulled off for Mike Clevinger and Trevor Rosenthal — will settle previous to October. There’s probably (uh oh) a dominant playoff rotation and back-end bullpen right here. And the offense is among the many greatest in baseball. 

Blue Jays

Cavan Biggio is an on-base machine. Lourdes Gurriel is vulnerable to exploding in any given recreation. Teoscar Hernandez is legitimately among the finest energy hitters within the recreation — and so few informal followers know this. After all, Hernandez was injured over the weekend, however hopefully we get him again quickly (on this word, let’s point out that I am not a Blue Jays fan; folks often ask me about after I say “we” like this. I imply baseball fandom. I am one in every of you and I believe a participant like Teoscar is sweet for us as a result of he is so enjoyable, so I say “we”). Bo Bichette is hitting .361 with a .672 slugging and he is nearing a return. Sure, they have been successful with out that. In addition they have a dude slugging within the .500s named Rowdy. I imply, c’mon. It is also attainable fickle pitchers like Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker can maintain it collectively for a month behind Hyun-Jin Ryu to make a studly playoff rotation. Get excited, Toronto (and Buffalo). 

As for the rankings themselves, let me let you know, deciding on primary was excruciating

Greatest Movers








Be sure to’re noticing the Clayton Kershaw Renaissance. 30-12



They’re a mixed 13-3 towards the Yankees and Purple Sox. Think about getting in a time machine and telling that to a Satan Rays fan. 28-13



I suppose we’re again to being overly apprehensive about Chris Paddack. Let’s simply keep in mind he is 24 years previous and the A’s hit a lot of guys onerous. 2 25-17



Huge week coming. The A’s have 9 video games earlier than we talk about them once more on this area. 5 of these come towards the Astros. 1 23-14



Shane Bieber has struck out a minimum of eight in each single begin this season. He ties Bob Feller for the franchise file with 9 straight begins to open a season. 5 25-15


White Sox

On Aug. 15, the White Sox had been swept in a doubleheader towards the Cardinals, who had been coming back from weeks off resulting from COVID-19 outbreak. The Sox dropped to 10-11. Because it seems, that was the low level of the season. They have been on a warpath since then. 2 26-15



It took Freddie Freeman 233 profession dwelling runs to get a grand slam. His subsequent dwelling run? Grand slam. You’ve got gotta love sports activities and their inherent skill to always bombard us with random awesomeness. 1 24-16



Enormous bounce-back week after a six-game shedding streak. Nonetheless, after beginning 10-2 they’re in for a combat simply to keep away from being one of many two AL wild playing cards. Robust division. 4 25-17


Blue Jays

Three weeks in the past, the Jays entered play with a 7-11 file. Now they’re a severe contender with just some weeks to go. In addition they need to play the Yankees 10 occasions and have a four-game sequence with the Phillies. 2 22-18



The five-game sequence agaimst the A’s beginning on Labor Day offers the Astros a legit shot on the division title regardless of being 5 1/2 video games out after simply 15 video games. 1 21-19



Final week I identified what number of doubleheaders the Cardinals have left and the way it’ll be powerful for them. I consider there are residual results, but it surely’s value mentioning that the Playing cards are actually 6-4 of their twin payments so far. 4 17-15



We aren’t far off from “Yu Darvish or pray for rain” territory. Even Kyle Hendricks has a 4.61 ERA since his opening day shutout. 5 23-17



They received 10 of 11 earlier than shedding two to the Mets, however a type of was Jacob deGrom and that is completely comprehensible. Because the previous saying goes, “you may’t win all of them.” The schedule the remainder of the way in which is favorable. They are going to be end wherever from 2-6 within the NL seeding, in all chance. Not unhealthy after the horrible begin. 19-17



They’re now nearer to lacking the playoffs fully than successful the AL East. This is not fairly how they drew it up. What an absolute mess. 8 21-19



Maybe quietly, however throughout the board Nolan Arenado is having the worst 12 months of his profession, save for when he was a 22-year-old rookie. 1 20-20



There’s a lot to like about Corbin Burnes this season, particularly him lastly breaking by as a high quality starter. That provides the Brewers two (together with Brandon Woodruff) reliables transferring ahead to construct round. 1 18-21



Six towards the Cubs and Cardinals this week will inform us loads. The Reds have not proven themselves as a crew to be taken significantly but, however I would not quit on them, both. 1 18-23



Pedro Severino … can rake? What is that this sorcery? He served as DH within the cleanup spot on Sunday and it wasn’t his first time. He was a profession .221/.299/.360 hitter earlier than this season, slated to be a profession backup catcher (which is an effective gig, to be clear, but it surely’s not what he’s this 12 months). 4 19-21



Absolutely the Giants followers have designs on the eight seed, proper? Nothing to lose in anyway, however there is a small likelihood they bounce the one-seed Dodgers. What a dream situation that might be in The Bay. 1 20-21



Right here it comes, guys. The Marlins have NINE video games this week towards the Braves and Phillies. In the event that they by some means come out nonetheless contending, they’re right here to remain. This week is the season. 17-18



Jacob deGrom will not be Tom Seaver. He’ll by no means be Tom Seaver. He’s, nevertheless, in a Seaver-like run for these three years. 19-22



Recent off the injured listing, let’s not ignore the nice indicators from attainable late-bloomer Dylan Moore. There have been a lot of good indicators from him all season. 1 18-22



Via final Tuesday, the Tigers received eight of 10 and had climbed above .500. In a season like this, the opportunity of them making the playoffs really appeared believable. Then the precise true expertise of the roster set in. It may occur on a dime. It did right here. HOWEVER, they nonetheless have six video games left towards the Royals and an excellent quantity towards the groups within the Central above them. You by no means know. 4 18-20



It is perhaps below the radar due to what number of of his teammates are unhealthy (this is not a Mike Trout remark, which is an upset!), however Dylan Bundy is having a hell of a season. 6 17-25



I by no means get all the things proper (psst: Nobody does in something), however I am going to precisely take credit score for calling the Nats as the largest bust within the NL this season. 14-25


Red Sox

Keep in mind how rapidly J.D. Martinez turned a celebrity slugger? He wasn’t excellent, the Astros lower him after which he simply exploded with the Tigers. It was a bit jarring. That is nearly as quick as he fell aside. He solely has 4 dwelling runs proper now? “Simply Dingers?” Nope. Not anymore. 2 14-28



One of many funniest stats in baseball this 12 months is Zac Gallen being simply 1-0. He is among the finest pitchers in baseball and performs for such a nasty crew that he is had seven no-decisions and only one victory. The zero losses is actually a badge of honor. 15-26



Ke’Bryan Hayes is a second-generation participant, has an 80-grade first identify and had a wonderful debut week for the Pirates. 1 13-26



I significantly typed this Sunday earlier than he got here in and had a little bit of a meltdown: “Josh Staumont replace: 0.54 ERA, 30 strikeouts, 16 2/3 innings. If you have not discovered time to look at him but, get up.” I suppose in 2020 we will not have good issues, proper? 3 14-27



No less than followers do not have to look at this crap in particular person? I am simply looking for a silver lining right here. 2 13-26


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