The last two weeks in baseball haven't been full of anything spectacular. In fact, it's been more about several teams going backwards than anything else. To cover some of the Brewers rivals, we present our “Two Week Review.”
The Minnesota Twins have had a miserable 2016 that has been well documented by now. They have been going backwards all season, and right now, they are going backwards at a historic pace. The Minnesota Twins are just 2-16 in their last 18 games, and that includes a 13-game losing streak. There's not much to say here other than they need to play one better than .500 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses, and that is not likely. Who is the other team going backwards right now? The Miami Marlins are. A few weeks ago the Marlins were looking to crash the playoff party. But the season ending injury to Giancarlo Stanton pretty much squashed that. The Marlins are just 1-9 in their last 10 games, which has dropped them to 68-70 on the season. Miami is fading fast, and we have passed the waiver-wire deadline, so that means teams can only select playoff rosters based on their current 40 rosters. The Marlins surprise season appears all but over.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had about as up and down of a season as we have seen in recent memory. The Pirates have been either really hot or really cold. Right now, the Pirates are as cold as they have been all season, and are fading out of the playoff picture. Pittsburgh has lost 7 games in a row, and currently stands at 67-68. Andrew McCutchen, the second-best player in the game behind Mike Trout, is having a disaster of a 2016 campaign. McCutchen is batting just .253 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI's, the worst numbers of his career since he entered his prime. The Giants, who the entire first half of the season were headed for a historic showdown of epic proportions with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, have continued their second half fade with a record of 5-10 in their last 15 games. They still hold the first Wild Card spot though, but they are going the wrong direction.
There still has been some positive though. The Cleveland Indians had won six in a row before today, and are controlling their own destiny in the AL Central with a 4.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Texas Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10, and look to be the AL favorites, sitting at 82-56 with an 8.5 game lead over the suddenly resurgent Houston Astros who refuse to die. The New York Mets, who were left for dead three weeks ago, have come back to life, and are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for that second Wild Card spot.