AL North:1. I've been pleasantly surprised by my Dogs so far. They're playing at a .573 clip, which is just about what was expected. I've got some legit HR hitters in the lineup & they're powering the way. I signed Britt West as my big FA move & traded for Jimmie Suarez
& Humberto Rosa . Those three have combined to hit 65 HR's, plus I've got a homegrown guy with 28. My SP remains a collection of #3 guys, meaning they're solid, but not spectacular. My pen is a work in progress and the clear weakness right now.
2. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
They're within striking distance and playing about as expected.
Young Jimmie Mijares leads the way for their offense with several others chipping in as well. They too seem to have a SP staff built on depth, but without a true ace. They're bullpen is fantastic and clearly leading the way for a good all around pitching staff. Closer Deivi Hernandez is doing about as good as possible in the back end of that pen. That staff should keep them in the race.
They too are playing about as expected, which is right around the .500 mark. Dick Sadler continues to lead the way with his power, but a probable season ending injury to him leaves a giant hole in their lineup. Can their others guys pick up his power #'s? I like the depth of their guys as just about any of them are a threat to knock the ball out of the park. Pitching is clearly their weakest point, but they do have Grant Malone , who is having a fantastic season so far.
They're having a tough go of it right now, playing at a .360 clip. They've also been a bit unlucky, as they're under performing by a fair amount. Offense hasn't been a problem as they're hitting .281 as a team & are being led by masher hHarry Hiatt . Pitching? Well, they're clearly looking like the old Colorado Rockies prior to the humidor. A staff ERA of 6.28 hides the great work of Alex Romero , who is having a breakout season as a SP.