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MLB - US Sports: Five underachieving teams in this year's MLB

22 June 2022 03:50:10 EST
With talent like Bryce Harper on their roster, the Philadelphia Phillies are not meeting expectations

In a season which has not exactly gone to form, we see the two New York teams as the power couple at the top of the American and Nationals Leagues.

Neither side were expected to be at the top of their respective leagues despite their relative budget sizes.

The Yankees and Mets were building for the future while trying to compete and yet at the moment, they are running away with the chase for the playoffs.

They are the surprise packages, but who are the sides that have underachieved so far this season in 2022 when many expected them to be where the New York teams are. Some of the clubs are vastly underachieving compared to their budget size.

Boston Red Sox

In the American League East Division, there are four genuine contenders for the Divisional title, the AL pennant and the World Series.

The Yankees have failed to win the championship since 2009, the Toronto Blue Jays a little longer in 1993 and the Tampa Bay Rays, never.

Only the Red Sox have won it recently in the division and that was in 2018 and while Boston have picked up in recent weeks following a 11-20 start, they really should be where the Yankees are, who they pipped to the Divisional series last season, beating the Bronx Bombers to the Wild Card.

Sadly, the news that Chris Sale won't be available for his expected return for a while longer means that Boston will underachieve if they don't make the playoffs this year.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies have the fourth highest budget in Major League Baseball according to spotrac.com. It's fair to say they haven't followed that up by winning Divisional titles, let alone World Series.

They won the last of their 11 NL East championships was 2011, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Divisional series.

Despite some really talented players on their roster, including Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Kyle Schwarber the Phillies continue to struggle.

President of baseball operations Dave Drombowski made the decision to fire Joe Girardi at the start of June and appoint Rob Thomson as interim manager and it appears to have done the trick as they have improved their results, but they still sit way behind the New York Mets at the top of the Division.

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Chicago White Sox

The Southsiders' so often under-achieve and this season is no different. They have the seventh highest budget according to spotrac.com and while they made the postseason last season, they have been bereft of their top stars at vital times of the season.

Injuries to Lance Lynn, Tim Anderson, Liam Hendriks, Yasmani Grandal, Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada at different times of the season aren't helping but the White Sox were expected to perform better following their postseason appearance last year.

Under Tony La Russa, the veteran manager guided his side to only their fourth American League Central title and for a side with its popular fanbase, they searched for only their fourth World Series title. They have struggled to reach .500 this season, which tells you a lot about where they are.

Los Angeles Angels

They are such a frustrating team. The Angels back-office have recently fired Joe Maddon following a 12-loss run, which ended up being 14 and appointed Phil Nevin as interim manager.

The Angels had a great start to the season and led the American League West division before that terrible run that now sees the Halos' playing catch-up behind the Houston Astros, who the Angels are 10 games behind.

With a roster containing Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani this team should be doing much much better than it is.

Los Angeles have only won one World Series and haven't appeared in the postseason since 2014, which for a side which has a lot of payroll and can command a lot of budget is a poor return.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle can match the Angels in their frustrations in being a regular appearance-maker in the end of season playoffs.

The Mariners last playoff appearance was 2001 which as their budget is 22nd in the spotrac.com listings, they are fighting with the bigger budgets.

Seattle has only won the American League West Division title three times and have yet to appear via the Wild Card positions. They came close last season, only falling away in the last week, hopefully they can get there, however it won't be this season.

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