June Recap: East

We’re going to move east to the, well, East divisions. If you missed the Central division this week, you can find it here.

National League

  1. Washington Nationals (47-33)

Washington peaked at 17 games over .500 on June 8, then dropped five of their next six en route to a .500 month. Despite the down month from the Nats, starting pitcher Max Scherzer reached the 2,000 career strikeouts mark. Bully!

  1. Atlanta Braves (38-41)

The Braves found their stride in the second half of the month and went on a streak to win eight of 10 and took over the lead in the race for second place in the East.

  1. New York Mets (37-42)

With a .500 June, the Mets had their best month of the season. This goes to show how poorly things have been going in Queens. Blame injuries?

  1. Miami Marlins (36-42)

Left fielder Christian Yelich led the Marlins by batting .292 with five doubles and 14 RBIs in June. Yelich was crucial as Miami’s big guns, Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, all dropped in production during the month.

  1. Philadelphia Phillies (26-52)

The Phillies are the worst team in baseball, hands down. After dropping 13 of 14 through the middle of June, Philadelphia spiraled to 26 games under .500 at the end of the month.

American League

  1. Boston Red Sox (45-35)

Rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi has made a splash in Boston and has shown steady improvement each month of the season. However, pitching is what is getting it done for the BoSox, as they are leading the AL in pitching with a 3.80 ERA.

  1. New York Yankees (43-35)

After a fast start in April, the Yankees have steadily cooled off to the tune of a 13-15 June. However, rookie right fielder Aaron Judge continues to dominate with a .324 batting average, five doubles, 10 dingers, and 25 RBIs in June alone. “Just name him AL Rookie of the Year!” says this Yankee hater.

  1. Tampa Bay Rays (42-40)

The Rays have managed to stay competitive in the Wild Card race, despite Boston’s control of the East. Designated hitter Corey Dickerson cooled off in June, batting .294 (it’s all relative), but he still knocked in 14 RBIs behind three doubles and five homers.

  1. Baltimore Orioles (39-40)

The Orioles were another team that got off to a fast start in April (15-8), but they went 12-16 in both May and June. After losing a bevy of close games in May, the wheels fell off in June with eight blowout (by five or more runs) losses.

  1. Toronto Blue Jays (37-42)

It looked like the Blue Jays were going to get things going after an 18-10 May, but it wasn’t sustainable as things went south (north?) for an 11-15 June. However, first-time All-Star first baseman Justin Smoak has been on fire with 10 home runs, 18 RBIs, a .333 average, and .677 slugging in June. (Where was that in Seattle, Smoak?)

Photo by Brigham Berthold

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