The Wild Pitch takes the field once more. Baseball expert Molik Johnson gives his opinions on the teams making waves in the early going flanked by his co-host Warren Shaw. On this week’s show:
- The Baltimore Orioles have a deadly lineup with Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis and Adam Jones striking fear into pitchers. But it’s the O’s staff anchored by Chris Tillman that has this team leading the AL East.
- In the Chi it’s the White Sox armed with lefty Chris Sale pacing the AL Central. Mat Latos and Jose Quintana have held their own as well in the rotation while the offense of Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier slowly return to form.
- Rumors of Robinson Cano‘s demise have been greatly exaggerated as his bat is a key reason the Mariners lead the AL West. Felix Hernandez is starting to regress but still is a viable ace while Taijuan Walker is rounding into the pitcher Seattle always hoped he’d be.
- The Phillies aren’t the sexiest team on paper but they’ve been competitive with decent pitching and good bullpen work in close games. Can the smoke and mirrors continue? If so will the Phillies be forced to pitch Aaron Nola and Vincent Velasquez more innings than originally planned?
- Finally the Atlanta Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez. Was he dealt a bad hand or is he to blame for a team that will struggle to avoid losing 100 games?