When you decide to follow Northbet on Twitter, you will be able to access plenty of baseball betting content. Right now, how should the Major League Baseball season be reassessed? Let’s look at three teams that have become pleasant surprises through two months.
1 – Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have one of the four best records in the American League, and they lead the American League East Division. Toronto is 16-5 in its last 21 games. The Blue Jays swept the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics this past week to shoot ahead of the rest of the pack in their division. It’s a little bit of everything for the Jays right now. They’re getting contributions throughout their roster. In particular, slugger Edwin Encarnacion has evolved into a prime hitter. Right now, he’s displaying some of the best power hittings in the history of the Blue Jays franchise. The kinds of things Encarnacion is doing are rare and overwhelming. This is how a struggling team becomes a successful team.
It’s not just the hitting, though. The Jays have veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle, who, after struggling for much of the 2013 season, has found a groove and a good release point this season. Buehrle is no longer struggling with his mechanics, and that’s why his earned-run average is under 2.20 as of Memorial Day. With Buehrle doing his best and young pitchers such as Drew Hutchison exceeding the expectations of both fans and management, the Jays are much less limited as a team that many people thought they’d be. With the rest of the division struggling, Toronto really does seem to have a chance of making the playoffs.
2 – Los Angeles Angels
On one hand, it shouldn’t really be all that surprising that the Angels are in second place in the American League West, only a few games behind the Oakland Athletics and a few games ahead of the Texas Rangers. The Angels have some big-money players on their team, such as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. This team is supposed to be really good, but it is at this point that sceptics will bring up the fact that the Angels have missed the playoffs in recent years. The Halos have struggled while Oakland and Texas have controlled the division. The Angels lost their edge and did no longer inspire fear in their foremost rivals. Now, though, they’ve shown signs of regrouping and becoming a tough team once again. Pujols has revived himself at the plate and is taking better swings. Trout’s emergence as a superstar has, in tandem with Pujols, made the Angels better at the plate. The bullpen is still a concern, but the starting pitching has been good enough.
3 – Minnesota Twins
The Twins have not been special, but they’ve been okay, which is a change from past seasons, in which they’ve been terrible. The Twins get on base. They draw a lot of walks. Their bullpen is competent. They have Joe Mauer improving as a hitter now that he’s at first base and is more physically healthy after playing catcher in previous years. The new catcher, Kurt Suzuki, has been one of the most surprising players in the American League this season. If the Twins can continue to hang around .500 and then make a move late in the season, they could stay in the wild-card race.