- Los Angeles Dodgers (54-28)
The Dodgers were sizzling hot in June. After dropping four of their first six games of the month, LA tore through the month with a 19-3 record the rest of the way. Rookie left fielder Cody Bellinger had an incredible month with nine doubles, 13 homers, 27 RBIs, and .743 slugging.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (50-31)
At 17-9 in June, Arizona continues to steadily improve as the season progresses. The only problem here is that LA is steamrolling everything in its path. Hey, there’s always the Wild Card!
- Colorado Rockies (48-34)
The Rockies were the anti-Dodgers in June as they started 9-1, then finished the month dumping (yes, dumping) eight of their last nine. Colorado is trending in the wrong direction to have any hope of competing with Arizona and LA.
- San Diego Padres (33-47)
June was the best month for the Padres thus far with a .440 winning percentage, but they still haven’t won more than 11 games in a month. I don’t see much improvement headed to San Diego, as the Padres are dead last in the bigs in batting average, extra-base hits, and runs scored.
- San Francisco Giants (31-51)
Things have gotten brutal in the Bay, as the Giants went all of June and didn’t win back-to-back games until their final three games of the month. San Francisco’s pitching and defense have been major issues, as no starting pitcher has a sub-four ERA and currently sit second to last in the MLB in defensive efficiency.
- Houston Astros (54-27)
After three months of play, the Astros have all but clinched the division. Leadoff hitter George Springer went off for Houston in June with 11 homers and 21 RBIs with .333 batting.
- Anaheim Angels (42-42)
Center fielder Mike Trout still has a few weeks before he’ll back from a thumb injury. Until then, the Angels look to hold serve around .500 to remain in the Wild Card hunt.
- Seattle Mariners (40-41)
June was big for the Mariners with their first month north of the .500 mark. Catcher Mike Zunino was a big part of that success, as he seems to have finally gotten the hang of major league pitching to the tune of 10 dingers and 31 RBIs behind .304 batting in June.
- Texas Rangers (39-41)
It’s boom or bust in Arlington, as the Rangers are fourth to last in the bigs in batting average, but third in homers. Texas is also fourth in the MLB in strikeouts.
- Oakland A’s (35-45)
There’s playing Moneyball, then there’s being cheap. I’m convinced the A’s have crossed the line into being cheap. According to Spotrac.com, Oakland has the fourth lowest payroll in the bigs. The only teams lower are the Rays, Padres, and Brewers. Not good company.
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