Teams to Fade:
Toronto - This has been, and remains to be the most overhyped team in baseball. They do have an advantage at home because of unfair vaccination policies. But they’re an auto FADE for me on the road.
Yankees - Hate to say it as a fan, but this team is gonna fade from here on out if they can’t get their bullpen straightened out and they can’t get production from anyone NOT named Judge. When they don’t hit HRs they lose. Not a good formula. I’m still on the fence with this one however.
Minnesota - Just can’t feel confident in this team with that horrific bullpen. They could be up 3 or 4 runs in the 6th and you’re still gonna sweat it out.
Boston - These guys have just quit. They’re ready for vacation and a long offseason.
Angels - This team is so bad, from their pitching, especially their bullpen, to their defense, and they’re hitting… auto FADE.
Oakland - Move them to Vegas already, get out that shithole, and rejoin the Raiders!
Detroit - Biggest disappointment for me this year. But man this team was so bad this year, and they’re not getting any better.
Padres - Hype Train… all aboard. Still not buying this team, I’ll be fading them from here on out.
Rockies - Continue to fade this team HARD on the road.
Cubs - A year or two away. Fade material from here on out.
Nationals - Pack it in already.
Teams to Ride:
Braves - Team just wins. Love their lineup. Pitching is solid enough. They should continue to roll.
Mets - Pitching will carry this team, and I think they’ll be the hardest out in the playoffs. My favorite to WIN the WS.
White Sox - It’s NOW or NEVER. Time to make a serious run and win the damn division. I think they’ll be battling Cleveland to the very end.
Cleveland - Team is playing well. Pitching and bullpen has been fantastic as of late. Good chance of making a solid run here.
Tampa Bay - Franco comes back this week and I just have a feeling this team goes on a serious run over the next 30 days. VERY good home team.
Orioles - Still playing good baseball. Much like the Rays, they’ve been terrific at home, and I think they’ll continue to battle.
Mariners - Starting pitching has been solid, bullpen is terrific, and the offense has put up better numbers in the 2nd half.
Royals - Playing much better then most people realize, and their bullpen has actually been pretty damn good. They’re gritty, they put the ball in play, and they’ve hit the ball extremely well post-All Star break.
Dodgers - No reason to fade this team. I think they lose in the playoffs because I don’t love their pitching, but they’ll probably TOP 110 wins.
Houston - Team has no weaknesses. They play much better at home however, and that’s where I prefer to back them, unless I can get a juicy run line vs a bottom feeder on the road.
Phillies - Still playing hard, Bryce is taking BP coming back soon, and they’ve played much better than I thought they would, especially on the road.
Cardinals - Playing good baseball right now, I like them to win the division, and they’re VERY good at home.
Diamondbacks - This team has only been out scored by 23 runs this year, and their lineup is pretty damn good. They came on strong late last year, I think they do it again.
On the Fence with…
Brewers - Too many questions right now, don’t love their lineup and their bullpen hasn’t been all that good.
Giants - Never know what to expect from this team. They either put up 5+ runs or get shutout.
Rangers - Like this team quite a bit, but much like the Twins, their bullpen stinks.
Marlins - Good pitching, lineup still holding them back.
Reds - They’ve been sneaky good as of late, they’re still playing hard, just don’t want to put my $$$ on them.