The dog days of summer are the months when teams no longer have a chance of winning a championship and the energy in the clubhouse begins to dwindle. The MLB is becoming very top-heavy with the growing difference between rich and poor teams.
The goal for an MLB franchise is to win a World Series. Conquering the Fall Classic is the pinnacle of the sport, and in 2021, there are only a few teams that have a chance at attaining this prize.
Everyone knows the Dodgers, Padres, Mets, Braves, or Nationals will be the National League representative in October. In the American League, the Yankees, White Sox, Blue Jays, and the Twins have a chance to claim their respective pennant.
I will not list every other team in baseball because a lot of clubs will be competitive even though they have no chance of winning a title in 2021. The teams I am listing are in for a very rough year.
Their dog days of summer have already begun before a pitch has even been thrown. Sorry to be realistic…
Dog Days of Summer: Baltimore Orioles
The dog days of summer have become the new norm in Baltimore. The Orioles have not won the American League East since 2014 and have not made the postseason since 2016.
The Baltimore Orioles will potentially start winning again in the coming years when baseball’s second-ranked prospect Adley Rutschman gets the call to the show. Although, he will spend 2021 in the Minor League.
The Orioles have no chance at going to the postseason. They are not even good enough to play spoiler in the American League East. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, and Red Sox should be competitive, but the Orioles are not nearly as talented as any of these clubs.
Trey Mancini’s return to Baltimore after beating Stage III colon cancer will warm your heart, but the Orioles 2021 record is going to make you cry.
Dog Days of Summer: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies fans are just waiting for this franchise to completely implode. It’s almost rebuilding time in Colorado after Nolan Arenado was traded to St. Louis.
Trevor Story is in the final year of his contract. Story is one of the best shortstops in baseball, but he cannot carry this team independently.
Story could be used as trade bait at the deadline, but I do not think any of the contenders will need a shortstop unless an injury occurs. However, Story will not be playing for the Rockies in 2021.
His final year in Colorado will be the year that the squad finishes in last place in the National League West for the first time since 2015.
Dog Days of Summer: Pittsburgh Pirates
The National League Central is the worst division in baseball. Everyone can talk about Nolan Arenado joining the Cardinals, but his name does not make a division great.
The Pirates could have made some moves in the offseason to become a contender in the division. After trading away Josh Bell, Joe Musgrove, and Jameson Taillon, it became known that the club was rebuilding.
Pittsburgh does hold the first pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. They will most likely select Jack Leiter, but this club is still years away from being reputable.
The entire roster is young, which does not equate to victories. It does not matter how weak a division is with a roster comprised of players with limited service time.
Dog Days of Summer: Detroit Tigers
The Tigers only saving grace in 2021 is that they hired a World Series winning manager in A.J. Hinch. Hinch was at the forefront of the Astros sign-stealing scandal, but the skipper is still a solid motivator.
His arrival has created a sense of excitement in Detroit. The Tigers will finish at the bottom of the American League Central, but they will be respectable.
The Tigers will be able to spend a lot of money in free agency next season, and they have some young stars in the works like Casey Mize.
The Tigers are on the rise, but a third straight last place finish in the American League Central is in their 2021 future.
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