- New York Yankees (30-20)
The Judge’s Court is in session and the Bronx Bombers are back. Right fielder Aaron Judge hit 17 dingers in the first two months of the season to lead his squad, and the Yanks are second in the AL in homers, behind only the Houston Astros.
- Boston Red Sox (29-23)
Closer Craig Kimbrel tallied seven saves and surrendered no runs in 12 appearances in May. The Red Sox will be tough to beat with a late lead.
- Tampa Bay Rays (29-27)
After a subpar April, the Rays bounced back with a solid 17-13 record in May. DH Corey Dickerson led the way for the Rays with a stellar month with 15 RBIs and a .349 batting average.
- Baltimore Orioles (27-24)
The Orioles must have had their wings clipped about mid-May, because that’s when they fell off a cliff. Baltimore dropped seven straight, including back-to-back series to the Minnesota Twins and Astros.
- Toronto Blue Jays (26-27)
Toronto appears to have righted a sinking ship with a fantastic May. Sweeps over the Seattle Mariners, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds helped inch the Blue Jays back to the .500 level.
- Washington Nationals (33-19)
The Nationals dropped three games in a row for the first time this season to the Atlanta Braves on May 19, the streak ended at four games. Washington hasn’t lost back-to-back games since. This can be attributed to the three-headed monster of Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy.
- New York Mets (23-28)
Pitcher Noah Syndergaard is on the 60-day disabled list and isn’t expected to be back in action until August. Meanwhile, pitcher Matt Harvey’s ERA is five-plus. Things aren’t looking good for the Mets.
- Atlanta Braves (22-29)
The Braves do one thing well, they get on base. Unfortunately, they don’t get extra-base hits, steal any bases to get into scoring position and they can’t seem string together the hits they need to get those guys around to score. In this case, more singles won’t win games, but doubles will. They’re just not coming.
- Miami Marlins (21-30)
The Marlins didn’t win back-to-back games in May until May 28, then they finished the month on a four-game winning streak. However, Miami is still a top-five team in the bigs in batting average. Seems like this is a carbon copy of the Braves.
- Philadelphia Phillies (17-34)
With a 6-22 record in May, the Phillies were never able to put together two wins. I’m going to go ahead and eliminate Philadelphia from the playoffs right now. On the bright side, it’s not likely the Phillies will have a worse month the rest of the season.
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