The American League action continues to heat up as we cruise through the month of August. After seeing players and teams put together a great start to the 2015 Major League Baseball season now we are seeing them pace themselves for the 162 game grind.
As we see these players and teams heat up our list of American League Winners continue to grow. On the flip side players and teams who are taking a turn for the worst will find themselves on our American League Losers list. As we get started this week the list of candidates include a great list filled with late inning heroes, big break out games and even teams who just seem to keep finding a way to win late.
One of those teams that continue to be red hot of late is the Baltimore Orioles who have won three of there past six games in a walk off fashion. The first started on Friday Night as Manny Machado connected for a walk of home run in the bottom of the 13th. One night later Chris Davis joins that list connecting with his own walk off and the magic wrapped up this past Wednesday as Henry Urrutia connected on his first career home run coming in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for the Orioles.
All of the walk off magic earns all of them a spot on our weekly American League Winners list while a team like the Oakland A’s not only were swept by the Orioles over the weekend there bullpen allowed two walk of home runs before the team was blown out on Sunday18-2 at Camden Yards.
That being said here is our list of the top winners and losers around the American League over the past few ten days.
American League Winners:
Jackie Bradley Jr, Boston Red Sox: After a some what disappointing season from the rookie, Bradley has been red hot of late. That includes picking up ten hits in his last 20 at bats over the past seven days. In that stretch, Bradley has connected on five doubles, three home runs and 11 runs driven in. The best performance out of the Red Sox outfielder came back on August 15th, 2015 as he picked up five hits in six at bats against the Seattle Mariners including three doubles, two home runs and seven runs driven in.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners: The 2015 Major League Baseball season hasn’t gone right for the Mariners in a season which many experts predicted they would compete for the division. One thing that did go right took place on August 12th, 2015 at Camden Yards as Iwakuma threw his first career no hitter in the teams 3-0 win. Iwakuma turned around in his next start allowing just two runs in seven innings against a hot Texas Rangers ball club as he improved his record to 5-2 on the season.
Kansas City Royals: Entering Thursday, the Royals had been one of the hottest teams in all of baseball including winning ten of there past twelve games. That included winning five straight games twice including taking three of four against the Los Angels Angels and two of three against division rivals the Detroit Tigers. In seven of those ten wins, the Royals pitching staff allowed three or fewer runs.
Chris Davis/Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles have been fun to watch of late as you never know which player next will be the hero. That being said the team’s top two players have been red hot of late as Davis picked up a walk off home run over the weekend. The two have combined to hit .321 over there past seven games with seven home runs and 14 runs driven in.
Other American League Winners include the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez and Johnny Cueto.
American League Losers:
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: We have all heard before that losing is very contagious and the same can be said about struggling. That happened for the Mariners ace in his last outing against the Boston Red Sox. In that game, Hernandez could not find a way to get out of the third inning as he would allow ten runs on 12 hits including three home runs.
Los Angeles Angels: Despite holding on to the second spot in the American League West, the Angels continue to hurt there own playoff hopes with there struggles. The recent stretch included winning just four of there last ten games. This stretch included being swept in Chicago by the White Sox before losing three of four to the first place Royals before returning the favor to the White Sox with a three game sweep this week.
Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins: The long time veteran had put together a brilliant first half of the 2015 MLB season together. The same could not be said of late as he had only picked up one hit over his last 16 at bats. The recent stretch also moved his August totals to just five hits in 45 at bats with only five runs driven in. Hunter is currently batting just .235 on the season with 18 home runs.
Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians: Bauer had turned in some solid performances prior to his last two outings against teams in the American League East. In starts against the Red Sox and Yankees, Bauer lasted just five combined innings over two starts with 11 earned runs while seeing his earned run average ballon to 4.62 on the season.
Other American League Losers include the Oakland A’s, Minnesota Twins, Adam LaRoche and J.J. Hardy.