The last few days of baseball’s regular season are around the corner, and I gotta say: I am relieved.
It’s time to celebrate the best teams and stop dwelling on the failures. Next week I’ll anoint the five stinkiest teams of the season, like I did after the first half. Until then enjoy the final Stinky Five of 2009...
1. Baltimore Orioles
I was in Baltimore this weekend for the Ravens game (they beat the life out of the Cleveland Browns 34-3). But even that win could not beat the stench coming from the neighboring Orioles, who have lost 11 games in a row.
2. Boston Red Sox
I know once the playoffs start it’s a whole new season, but the Red Sox didn’t do very well in establishing themselves as a force in October. They were swept by the Yankees, who clinched the AL East while their beaten-down rivals watched.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have clinched a playoff spot, but thanks to three losses in four games against the Pirates, they have yet to secure the NL West crown. Come on! Are you kidding me? The Pirates? It’s one thing to lose to good teams, but end of season momentum is important in the playoffs and right now the Dodgers only have the bad kind.
4. Florida Marlins
The Marlins lost two of three to the Mets and then fell to the Braves last night. Once a wild card contender, they now have to watch Atlanta make a final push for October while their post-season hopes are pretty much dashed.
5. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners were handed six save opportunities this week. The blew four of them. There are other teams playing worse, but when you post fur blown saves in a single week, you’re pretty much guaranteed spot in this countdown.