At a certain point in the season, we need to start treating Cinderella teams as more than harmless little surprises. We’re nearing the midpoint of the season, and the underdog Brewers and Rockies remain in first place, with the upstart Diamondbacks in hot pursuit.
Is it time to label these three teams as true contenders?
The Astros are the hottest team in baseball, the Baby Bombers are getting help from an unlikely source, and the American League Central looks like a battle of attrition.
It’s the AL edition of The 30. Enjoy.
Boss yelling in your ear? Dog ate your favorite slippers? Toddler ran away to start his own Fyre Festival (only with more cookies)?
Don’t fret, we’ve got just the thing to cheer you up. It’s The Fun Report, May edition!
Don’t mess with Joey Votto
Certainly not when he’s in the batter’s box.
In two of the National League’s three divisions, everything looks upside down. Considered a contender at the start of the season, the Giants have been wallowing near the bottom of the league. Viewed as a strong threat to repeat as World Series champs, the Cubs are fighting to keep their heads above .500.
In less than three years, the Astros have gone from 0.0 local TV ratings to potentially running away with the AL West. In less than two years, the Royals have gone from World Series winners to the worst team in the American League. In less than one year, the Blue Jays have gone from a couple wins away from a pennant to possibly being out of the race by the end of May.
Welcome to the season premiere of The 30! Throughout the year at SI.com, I’ll break down the biggest stories in baseball, while ranking all 30 teams.
Fair warning: These are not your typical rankings. If you want a simple accounting of wins and losses, consult MLB’s standings page.
Welcome to Part 2 of the 2017 Trade Value player rankings! Breaking down multiple factors (age, performance, contract status, etc.) and using statistical analysis, I’ve ranked the top 50 players in baseball for this season by their trade value—essentially trying to answer the question, “If every team made every player available via trade, which guys would fetch the greatest return?”
Take my hand and come with me on a mystical journey into baseball’s future. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed every single one of his ideas on the game—the good ones and the bad ones. He’s announced expansion into Montreal and Mexico City and codified pitch clocks for all pitchers.
Wait a minute! Do you hear that? The pop of catchers’ mitts, the chatter around the diamond, the glorious thud of flipped bats crashing onto the grass … baseball is back, baby!
Welcome to year two of The 30 here at SI.com. All season long, I’ll rank all 30 major league teams and delve into the biggest stories swirling around the game.
Six months ago, we embarked on a long journey, one filled with brilliant bat flips, goofy GIFs and gobs of analysis. Today, we fete the 10 teams that survived the long slog to earn their way into the playoffs and look at one key player to watch for each.
One more for the road.