The MLB all-star break begins tomorrow and it leaves time to reflect on the first half of the season so far. Here are the 3 teams that have disappointed me the most this season.
3. Seattle Mariners – 2014 record: 41-48
Analysis: Seattle just missed getting into the playoffs by one game last year, so the 2015 season came with big expectations and they have yet to live up to them especially offensively in the 1st half. Robinson Cano has been not only been a below average player for the amount he is getting paid, but he has also been statistically a below average 2nd basemen in the MLB. Nelson Cruz has been the bright spot for the Mariners so far with a .308 average and 21 home runs, yet everybody else in the Mariners lineup has severely underachieved. Seattle is 29th in the MLB with a .235 batting average and they are 27th in runs, so if they even want to get back to a .500 record then those numbers will have to improve. The good news for Seattle is that they have a good starting rotation led by Felix Hernandez and they are only 7.5 games out in a inconsistent AL West division, so there is at least some hope for them if they get their offense going.
2. Miami Marlins – 2014 record: 38-51
Analysis: Miami looked like a playoff team coming into the season, yet things have just not worked out as well as they’d hoped for whatever reason. Manager Todd Redmond was fired early in the season and injuries have been a big issue so far. Giancarlo Stanton was putting up monster numbers with 27 home runs and 67 RBI’s, but a wrist injury has kept him out of the lineup the past couple of weeks. Christian Yelich has had a miserable year with a .264 average and 20 RBI’s and Casey McGehee hasn’t been nearly what Miami had hoped at 3rd base as he only has a .226 average and 2 home runs. Miami needs some more support offensively for Giancarlo Stanton to get the most out of this miserable season. At least star young pitcher Jose Fernandez is back from tommy john surgery and he looks like his old self already, yet he isn’t enough to bring the Marlins back into contention. The Marlins are 11 games back in the NL East and with the way the Nationals and Mets are pitching right now then it makes it impossible for Miami to get back in the race. My advice to the Marlins players would just to get better and find something out of this extremely difficult season. If players like Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Adeiny Hechavarria continue to improve then it could put the Marlins back into playoff contention for next season.
1. San Diego Padres – 2014 record: 41-49
Analysis: This was a boom-or-bust year for the San Diego Padres and as of halfway through the season it appears to be a major bust season. They brought in all-star players like Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, James Shields, and Craig Kimbrel to make this team an immediate playoff contender, but they have been below .500 even for most of the season. There isn’t one specific thing that the Padres aren’t doing well right now it is just basically everything that isn’t going their way. San Diego is 21st in the majors in ERA at 3.98 and they are 20th in runs scored. Kemp and Upton better start hitting the ball more consistently or else this team won’t improve at all in the 2nd half of the season. The Padres still head into the all-star break 10 games back in the NL West and if there is one team that has the talent to come back from a big hole like this one then it is the Padres. However, San Diego has an inexperienced manager and it will be difficult for all of these players to come together and win games in the 2nd half. I feel really disappointed for this franchise because they went all in on this season with their big acquisitions this past offseason and they don’t have much to look forward to in the future since they traded away a lot of their young prospects. Overall, it has just been a really disappointing season for the Padres organization because of all they put into it.