9 MLB Teams That Should Already Call It Quits
Yeah, I know there’s still a long way to go in the 2013 MLB season. After all, we’re over a month-and-a-half away from the all-star break. Mathematically speaking, anything can happen, and every division is still wide open.
But let’s face it: Just because something is possible doesn’t mean it’s likely. There are plenty of teams that don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of coming anywhere near the post season. And despite what their delusional fan bases (and league by-laws) might say, they should just throw in the towel and start focusing on 2014. Here are nine such examples. Maybe next year, fellas.
Considering the Dodgers have the highest payroll in the National League, there's really no excuse for them to be on this list. Granted, they are only seven games back, so it seems a bit silly to count them out this early. But someone had to be number nine on this list, and that someone was going to be the weakest argument. But even so, it's hard to make a case for the Dodgers winning the NL West. And consideing they are actually a half-game further removed from the Wild Card than they are from the division (7.5 WCGB), I think it's safe to say they'll be watching the playoffs from home.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (7 GB)
The Mets are in a similar position to the Dodgers. Eight games isn't an impossible amount to overcome. However, given the state of their division, a Wild Card spot would seem more realistic Unfortunately they are also eight games out from the Wild Card spot. Couple that with the fact that the team only has one starting pitcher (Matt Harvey) with an ERA under .500, and things aren't looking good.
8. New York Mets (8 GB)
Despite being in the cellar of the AL Central, on paper the Twins are only seven games back, and a mere 4.5 games back from the Wild Card. But with sputtering bats and less than compelling pitching, the chance of righting the ship is almost passed. Yes, anything can happen, but if I had to put money on a turn around, there are plenty of teams in the American League who I'd pick before the Twins.
7. Minnesota Twins (7 GB)
At the bottom of the AL East, you'll find the Blue Jays. If you look again in two months, they'll probably still be there with a less than impressive offense and anemic pitching. A late season surge might carry the Jays past Tampa Bay or Baltimore. But when you're having an off year in a dvision containing both the Red Sox and the Yankees, the middle of the pack is probably the most you can hope for. And the middle of the pack is not going to get you a Wild Card.
6. Toronto Blue Jays (10 GB)
After a disappointing run in 2012, the Angels are back to their losing ways this year. Despite higher hopes, they are 11.5 games back, and they're basically in last place in the AL West. Yes, technically they are second to last, but when the only team behind you is Houston, that's not really something you should be bragging about. I suppose if about 10 American League teams had total meltdowns, the Angels might have a shot at a Wild Card spot. I also suppose that if every other man on the planet died, I'd have a pretty good shot with Kate Upton. But I'm not going to hold my breath.
5. Los Angeles Angels (11.5 GB)
Things are not looking so hot for the Brewers. At 11.5 games back, the team has their work cut out for them if they want to salvage this season. And considering that (besides the Cubs) the closest team is the Pirates at 2.5 games back, you can pretty much close the book on this season. The Brew crew is through.
4. Milwaukee Brewers (11.5 GB)
Judging by attendance, it's hard to tell that the Marlins are 13.5 games back and at the bottom of the NL East. By that, I mean the fans don't bother to show up when they are winning, either, so judging by the crowd, you can be forgiven for assuming they were on their way to the World Series. Better luck next year. And even better luck in 2015, when they'll face the Cubbies in the World Series, just as Back to the Future II predicted. Aside from turning the team around, they'll also have to change their logo to a gator, and switch to the American league, so they better get going.