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Three Big MLB Franchises Struggling Were We Wrong?
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Three Big MLB Franchises Struggling Were We Wrong?

The MLB season began a few weeks ago and three teams who were-favored to-have exceptional seasons are struggling badly. The Philadelphia Phillies are 7-9 on the year, after losing two games in a row. Currently, they are in last place in the N.L. East division and surprisingly the Washington National lead the-division-with a dominant 12-4 record.

The Phillies have the best pitching rotation in the Majors and yet they still struggle, due to a lack of offense. Last year, they made some key acquisitions to-improve their offensive situation. Unfortunately, it obviously was not enough and if they fail to-make a postseason appearance, it will be a huge disappointment. The N.L. East is much more respectable this year and the Phillies better rectify their issues before they fizzle out of the race.

Another team surprisingly in last place in their division is the Los Angeles Angels. That's right, the team who won the Albert Pujols sweepstakes is 6-10 and their pitching staff is not performing as advertised. With the Texas Rangers, charging out of the gate with a 13-3 record. The Angels must start hitting and Albert Pujols's slow start is not helping the situation at all.

The Angels are-loaded with talent, but remember the American League is no joke. Many teams improved a lot this year and the competition is much more formidable. Even the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics appear to-be better teams, than in the years-prior. Although, it is still very early to-be making these predictions, these franchises should-not be in the-position they are in right-now.

What about the Boston Redsox, who had the biggest collapse in history last year and are out to redeem themselves this year. At 4-10, on the year and with Bobby Valentine at the helm they are off to an awful start. They are very similar to the Angels, on paper they seem very strong. However, looks can-be deceiving considering there-are several big problems with the Redsox. The most prominent one is within their own clubhouse, as conflict spreads throughout the team and it will cause a major distraction throughout the season. Fans are now asking themselves, was Bobby Valentine the right man for the job? The Redsox have a long way to go and luckily for them the season has just begun.

In conclusion, if these talented teams continue to struggle it will make a big statement throughout the Majors. Maybe, teams do not need to-spend so much money to-have a competitive team. Just maybe you can get the-talent-from within their own organizations and-than the smaller market teams will have a better shot at making the postseason. Especially, with the new addition of the extra Wildcard spot. It will definitely make this postseason much more interesting.


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Oh, I love baseball but football not to me...sorry. Good info...Robert.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Divine, but this is baseball!

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  about 1 decade ago

Yeah...I know.

  
  about 1 decade ago

oh, ok sorry! Have a great day Divine

  
  about 1 decade ago

Great read Robert

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Shawn!

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  about 1 decade ago
Kyle  

Going to be an interesting year in the MLB. Living in the Northwest I naturally hope that the Mariners have a good season, but they are off to another mediocre start (and were subject to the Perfect Game the other night!). Looking forward to the year ahead!

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  about 1 decade ago

Don't count the Mariners out yet, they will play better this season. They just need another good starter and one more bat to play .500 ball. Losing Pineda will hurt them.

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  about 1 decade ago

Yikes! Good article, Robert. How about an overview article on the strengths of each team?

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Cynthia, actually just in the process of submitting it!

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  about 1 decade ago

Marvelous!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Good info Robert...I enjoyed watching an extra innings game yesterday with the Texas Rangers and Detroit...exciting game and finish..

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Kevin, yeah I saw that game too! Great game!

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  about 1 decade ago
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