September 2, 2011 by Matt Musico
Now that Major League Baseball has resumed to their regular schedule after Hurricane Irene wrecked havoc on the entire East Coast, some teams have been playing better than others…
Who’s hot this week in the National League:
Arizona Diamondbacks; 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Kurt Gibson’s club has gotten stronger through the dog days of August, when most baseball analysts thought they would fade. Entering an important three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, the Dbacks are looking to build on their current nine-game winning streak and increase on their six-game lead in the NL West division.
Los Angeles Dodgers; 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Don Mattingly’s team has had a disappointing season in his first year as the manager of the Dodgers, but they have caught fire of late, winning 9 of their last 10, including their last four in a row. Fresh off a win against the Pirates, they enter a weekend series against the Wild Card leading Braves.
Philadelphia Phillies; 7-3 in their last 10 games.
The Phillies continue to show that they are the class of the National League, beating the Reds today in the finale of their series, and winning their fourth game in a row. Next up is a trip to Florida to face the last place Marlins.
Who’s Not in the National League:
San Diego Padres; 3-7 in their last 10 games.
The Padres continue to add to their disappointing 2011 campaign by riding a seven-game losing streak. They lost to the red hot Dodgers on August 31st and will travel home to Petco Park to face the Rockies.
Pittsburgh Pirates; 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Pittsburgh had high hopes for experiencing their first winning season since 1992, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. They are currently on a five-game losing streak and hope to burst back into the win column this weekend against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Who’s Hot in the American League:
Boston Red Sox; 7-3 in their last 10 games.
As they continue to jockey for position in the AL East with the Yankees, the Red Sox have been putting together a strong run as they enter September with a good mix of great pitching and timely hitting as the Rangers roll into Beantown for the weekend.
Chicago White Sox; 7-3 in their last 10 games.
All but considered out of the race for the AL Central crown, Ozzie Guillen has rallied his team in Chicago to build a comeback as they enter the final four weeks of the 2011 season as they challenge the division-leading Tigers. Sitting at 68-66 and 5.5 games out, a comeback is very possible. The White Sox can really make a move this weekend when they visit Detroit for a three-game set.
Who’s not in the American League:
Minnesota Twins; 2-8 in their last 10 games.
A team that had high hopes this season has truly been a major disappointment in the AL Central, currently sitting at 57-79 and 17.5 games out of first place. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they travel to California to play the Angels.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; 4-6 in their last 10 games.
When a team is only 3.5 games out of first place with four weeks to go in the season, slumping is not the best idea; Mike Scioscia knows it, and he’s trying everything he can to keep his team above water as they chase the Texas Rangers in the AL West. They have a great opportunity to gain some ground because they are playing Minnesota this weekend, whereas the Rangers are playing a much stronger team in the Rays.