American League Midseason Report Cards

American League Midseason Report Cards: A blog where we grade the American League team on their season up to this point.

Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles: B-

When the Angels signed Josh Hamilton, they made a big splash in the marketplace. Unfortunately, signing Hamilton was really all that they did to improve an offense that needed multiple upgrades. As a result, the Angels are only three games over .500, and are currently sitting outside of the playoff picture at this point in the season.

Injuries have played a factor in their struggles, as Hamilton has missed time with a thumb injury and Jered Weaver has been out of action for over a month with arm problems. In addition to those injuries, Mike Trout has seen his numbers drop off from last season. With all of these problems, it is surprising that the Angels have been able to play above .500 baseball so far this season.

The biggest key to whether or not Anaheim will get back into the playoff hunt is whether or not Trout can get back to being an MVP candidate again. At this point, Trout’s average is nearly 50 points lower than what it was last year, and his strikeouts are nearly double his home run total. If

We are halfway through the 2011 baseball season and it is time to hand out midseason grades. The American League has been as unpredictable as ever, with some teams exceeding expectations, others failing miserably and some living up to their preseason hype.

Below are the grades for each of the 14 American League teams.

AL East

New York Yankees (60-34) – A+

The Yankees have been a juggernaut this year, leading all of baseball in runs scored while ranking second in team ERA. They also have what is arguably the best rotation in baseball, as CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia have all had unexpected success this season. Phil Hughes has also pitched well at times but has struggled to be consistent. The lineup has been great, with Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez playing like MVP candidates and Brett Gardner solidifying himself as one of the better leadoff hitters in baseball. The Yankees’ only weakness seems to be their bullpen, where they lack a true closer. Mariano Rivera is still one of the better relievers in baseball, but he can’t pitch every day. With Rafael Soriano on the disabled list and Joba Chamberlain struggling, New York may look to trade for help before the deadline.

The MLB season is over halfway done and many teams have been surprising and underwhelming in the first half. Here at The Fantasy Guys, we thought it would be fun to do Midseason Report Cards for each team in the American League. We’ll start with the Eastern Division, then on to the Central, and finish with the West.

The Blue Jays are one of the most exciting teams in baseball. They have really taken advantage of playing games in a league that lacks any true stars. Toronto also has some great young players who should be making a difference for years to come such as Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and Devon Travis.

– Justin Bales@BalesSJustin

The first half of the 2019 MLB season is over, and that means it’s time to take a look at how the American League has done so far. Here are their grade reports. These are in no particular order, and I did not do the National League because I don’t really care about baseball.

The Yankees have been battered by injuries all season long, but they’ve still managed to stay just 1 game back of the AL East lead. I think they’ll be fine going forward as long as they can stay healthy. As for their midseason grades, pitching gets a B+, hitting gets a B-, and defense gets an A. Overall, that’s a B+

The Astros have been pretty good this year too. They’re 2 games out of first place in the AL West, but have spent most of the season in first place from what I can tell. Pitching gets an A-, hitting gets an A, and defense gets a B+. That’s an A- overall.

The Rays have had some serious ups and downs this season, and they’re currently sitting in 3rd place in their division. They’re doing alright though, so let’s get into those grades. Pitching gets an A+, hitting gets a C-, and defense

We’re at the midpoint of the MLB season and the Los Angeles Dodgers look like they will run away with the NL West. The Chicago Cubs appear to be a machine. And the Washington Nationals are playing far below their capabilities. But what about the American League?

Let’s take a look at each team’s grade as we approach the All-Star break.

The American League East is a lot like the American League West, but with one less team and a whole lot of rain. In fact, there are a lot of similarities between the two divisions: Both have a clear-cut leader, both have an overachieving underdog, and in both cases, they’re all chasing after the best team in baseball. The major difference between the two is that the AL East has three teams with losing records (making it look more like the AL Central) while the AL West has none.

Baltimore Orioles: D+

The AL West is a division that is in a state of flux. The Angels, who spent money like they were winning the lottery, look like they are in the middle of a long rebuild. The Athletics still have their amazingly low $66 million payroll, but have surprisingly been over .500 most of the season. The Astros are making strides, but are probably a year or two away from being truly competitive. And the Rangers and Mariners, both popular preseason picks to make the playoffs, have underachieved this season.

The Los Angeles Angels have been struggling for a number of seasons now, but 2014 has been particularly rough for them. At times it seems like they just aren’t trying at all, which isn’t surprising given how poorly things have gone for them. The most exciting thing about their season has been watching Mike Trout develop into one of the best players in baseball history. He’s only 22 years old and we’re already talking about him as one of the best players to ever play baseball? That’s quite remarkable! But outside of Trout there isn’t much to get excited about when watching this team play baseball right now.

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