Now let’s look at the strength of the schedule for the rest of the season for each team.
Regardless of what has happened in the past, the Pirates this year are a team playing over their heads. Players who have struggled in the past don’t all just suddenly become good, do they?
Right-handed rookie starting pitcher Shelby Miller won the fifth spot in the rotation in spring training and pitched brilliantly for much of the first half of the season, but the 22-year-old’s performance began to drop in mid-June.
Miguel Tejada is towards the end of his career and is still producing at least at a marginal rate.
When the Royals made a splash this off-season by acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays, they figured they were getting two above average Major League pitchers that would solidify their rotation right away.
The St. Louis Cardinals do not need to acquire a pitcher to get this team a championship.
The early season tailspin of the Cardinals season was due much in part the inability to close games out late. Yet, with his success closing out games raising his profile, it makes him a sleeper candidate for a guy having a huge contract year.
Should Royals fans be concerned about the team giving up so many home runs?
With the unknown status of the full extent of Jason Motte’s injury, the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen will be the next unit that is forced to adjust on the run. However, with their closer on the mend, a brand new set of questions will have to be answered in a short amount of time.
The Royals have most of their lineup settled, but there’s still competition at second base.