The 2017 MLB season has reached the critical month of June where teams begin to establish themselves as contenders or pretenders. It is time for Kandy to revisit its’ pre-season predictions and see who has surprised us and who is disappointing.
Top 3 Surprises
- Minnesota Twins – based on all our pre-season research, i.e. baseball experts’ reviews and predictions, we expected the Twins to have the worst record in baseball. However, they currently sit atop the American League Central division. Way to go young Twins! Our pre-season AL Central favorites the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are contenders closely on the heels of the Twinkies.
- Colorado Rockies – ok, we admit the Rockies success thus far is not a surprise to us but is to many baseball experts. We had the Rockies battling the Giants for the NL West crown. We’ll talk more about the Giants on our list of Most Disappointing.
- Houston Astros – again, not a surprise to us that they are sitting atop the AL West division but certainly a surprise to many baseball experts. What is surprising to us is that they currently have the best record in baseball and are on pace to win 117 games. They best hope the young Yankees implode down the stretch so as to not meet up in the playoffs. We recall the last time a team won over 110 games and met a Yankees team in the playoffs, the 2001 Seattle Mariners won 116 games but lost in the ALCS to the Yankees 4 – 1.
Honorable Mention: Speaking of the Yankees, they get nudged out of our top 3 we give them honorable mention for sitting atop the AL East, ahead of our pre-season pick the Baltimore Orioles.
Top 3 Disappointments
- New York Mets – we had very high expectations for the Metropolitans this season but they have greatly underperformed. Some would point to injuries to the starting pitchers, bullpen and position players. The remaining players who are healthy have for the most part have failed to carry the load in the absence of their teammates. The one prediction that looks like a lock for us is that Michael Conforto has replaced Curtis Granderson as the starting centerfielder.
- San Francisco Giants – we could easily play the Giants in the number one slot but we had the Mets winning the WS this season so even though the Giants have a worse record they slide to position number two. Bochy will make a run with this team but they are too far out already to reach the post-season in a division that is way more competitive than anyone predicted.
- Chicago Cubs – we, like every other expert, expected so much more from the Cubs this year. They seem to be finding their stride but to be barely over .500 at this point in the season is disappointing. If they are planning to return to the World Series this year they are going to need to go on a serious run. The Nationals and NL West teams are looking very formidable. Home field advantage could very well decide who reached the WS from the NL this year.
What about you? What teams are your biggest surprises or disappointments? We want to hear from you. We’ll publish our favorite reader’s responses in the next issue of Kandy. Email email@example.com
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