MLB Review of May 2022

Alright folks, I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I’m sure most sports fans are locking into NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the next couple of weeks.

The Good:

The Yankees, Dodgers, and Mets are the top three teams in the MLB right now. Mookie came out swinging in the month of May blasting 12 homers, five of those being in the last week. The Dodgers line up is the scariest in the league but when Mookie is performing at MVP caliber offensively and defensively, their lineup reaches a new level of spooky. The Mets are looking legit. Their run differential is one of the largest in the league. Hopefully they continue this offensive streak to take some pressure off their pitching, especially since now both Scherzer and DeGrom are on the IL. Moving on to the Yanks, how in the heck is Nestor Cortes dominating this league. I do not enjoy watching this guy pitch. His corky delivery from the left side, outdoing the Johnny Cueto change of pace, and sometimes mixing in the speed pitch is all Mickey Mouse. However, it is working for the guy. Cortes posted a 1.95 ERA in the month of May holding batters to a .158 BA. He is one of the top reasons the Yanks are at the top of the league.

The Bad:

All good things come to an end. The Miami Marlins, now sitting 3rd in the NL East, as they went 7-19 in the month of May after a decent start to the season. The Sox continue to embarrass me finishing up May dropping four of their last six games. Including dropping a five-game series to Baltimore, going 2-3 in the series. There was a little excitement during the six-game win streak, but we are back where we started, a below average team in a stacked division.

 The Ugly:

With the 2019 World Series Champs sitting at the bottom of the NL East trade talks of Juan Soto have started to linger. Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals President and GM, have put those talks to shame and states that they will not be trading the star of their team.

Things cannot be getting any worse for the Kanas City Royals, who are sitting at the bottom of MLB with only 16 wins and second to last in run differential. To top things off for the Royals, Zack Greinki has been placed on the 15-day IL with a strained right forearm. Hopefully this 2015 World Series Championship ball club can turn it around.

Highlights around the league:

  • Robbie Cano is washed up and should grab some Kickback merch and hit the golf course
  • Tommy Pham gets a three game suspension for smacking Joc Pederson in the face
  • Mets make a 7 run comeback in the 9th inning to beat the Phillies in their own ballpark
  • Angel’s Reid Detmers throws no hitter
  • Yeli hits for the cycle for the third time in his career (All against the Reds)
  • Don’t sleep on the Brewers and their dominant pitching
  • Braves call up phenom, Michael Harris
  • Baltimore Orioles rookie, Adley Rutschman, makes his debut behind the plate and sends shivers up baseball fans spines as he takes it all in
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