Red Sox Struggles…Powerful AL West

The Red Sox have shown to be a very disapointing team this year. With overpaid, under-performing superstars, many fans, including myself, have decided to give up on the season. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett have been plain awful. Dustin Pedroia has had a disapointing season. Adrian Gonzalez hasn’t been the same since that horrible Home Run Derby last year. Carl Crawford has yet to hit for an extra base hit and is 0 for his last 14. It’s been a long season. However, I am not saying this has not been a fun baseball season to watch. In the American League West, there are potentially three teams that could make the playoffs. The Texas Rangers, despite a slumping Josh Hamilton, are looking to a third World Series appearance in a roll. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have two of the best young players in the game. Rookie Mike Trout is hitting .356 with 31 stolen bases. He has the potential to be the first player since Ichiro Suzkui to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Mark Trumbo is on the cusp of hitting 30 home runs. The two MTs will lead the Angels to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Oakland Athletics have come out of nowhere and won 16 games so far in July. Billy Beane is once again showing why Brad Pitt starred as him in Moneyball last year. With the second Wild Card, the AL West has the potential to send three caliber teams to the playoffs. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch down the stretch.