Sleeper teams. They are the teams that nobody notices until they emerge and are winning big. As we come out of the All-Star break, let’s look at sleeper teams in baseball. The first half of the season is over, and that opens the door for a sleeper or two to break out in the second half.
The first sleeper team is the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are third in the NL West. They are 4.5 games behind first place and 8.5 games out the wild card. The reason that the Rockies will be good in the second half is because they have a good team. They had three starting All-Stars, including Carlos Gonzalez, a fan favorite. Their team On Base Percentage (OBP) is 322, 10th in the league. The Rockies pitching ability is strong, masked by the 5,280 feet they play at and the home runs it allows. (ESPN.) The teams above the Rockies in the standings are the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Division leader Arizona is only 4 games above 500. The Rockies just have to wake up, play some good ball, and they will make the playoffs.
The second sleeper team is the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City is third in the AL Central. They are 7 games out of first place and 8.5 games out of the wild card. The Royals suffered a 5-game losing streak just before the All-Star break. Their bats have been a problem. They are 2nd worst in the league in slugging percentage. I predict that their bats will heat up in the second half, up and down the line-up. Their relief pitching also is solid. Greg Holland is a great closer, and Aaron Crow is a superb relief man. For these reasons, Kansas City has a chance to make a second half run.
The final sleeper is the Baltimore Orioles. They are 4.5 games out of first and .5 games out of the wild card. The Orioles have a chance to make a run because of their hitting. Their team is best in the league in Slugging Percentage. Chris Davis and Adam Jones combined for 56 home runs (HRs) in the first half. The Orioles have a respectable starting pitching staff, with Jim Johnson and Chris Tilman. With these factors taken into account, the Orioles make a second half run and perhaps make the playoffs this fall.
Now that you have heard about my sleeper teams, what do you think? Are these teams going to take the baseball world by storm or slumber through the second half? We will be adding a comment section soon. For now, you will have to debate with your friends at the pool.