Sarah Braunstein

The Stinky Five: August 31

They say that one is the loneliest number, and that’s certainly true for four of the five teams in this week’s Stinky Five. They all played a bunch of games in the last week, but managed to win only one.

And what about the fifth team? Well, that’s a very special selection. You’ll have to read on to find out who it is…

1. Chicago White Sox
I could write something about the White Sox. Instead, I’ll just let you read what their manager, Ozzie Guillen, said about them on Saturday. “I’m embarrassed and everybody in that room should be embarrassed. If they’re not embarrassed, they got the wrong job or they’re stealing money from baseball. I was looking at the Little League game this morning, and they were playing better than we did.” OUCH!

2. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies may have run out of late season magic. After dropping two of three to the Dodgers they headed to San Francisco with a chance to pull away in the Wild Card standings. Instead they lost all three games, good for a five-game losing streak and a tie with the Giants for the Wild Card lead.

3. Toronto Blue Jays
If the Red Sox make it to the playoffs, they’ll have the Blue Jays to thank. For the second time in a month the Jays were swept by Boston. They scored a total of seven runs in the three-game series, which helped the Sox build a 3.5-game lead in the race for the AL Wild Card.

4. Houston Astros
The Astros managed to sandwich one win in between two three-game losing streaks. In that stretch they scored 2.7 runs per game and hit .208. The worst of it is that lately, the only talk about this team is how their ace, Roy Oswalt, is ripping his own teammates. People think he may want out of Houston. Can you blame him?

5. Denver Broncos
That’s right, the final member of this week’s stinky five is a football team. Sometimes you just have to make an exception for super stinkiness. Last night the Broncos faced off against their former starting QB, Jay Cutler, who took his new team, the Chicago Bears, on a 98-yard drive that outclassed anyone and everyone Denver put on the field. The regular season has not even started but it’s already clear that Denver is on the stinky end of the great QB swap of 2009.

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