There are only a handful of teams in baseball worse than the Angels, but none of those bummer-squads are quite as dreary, doomed, and limbo-bound.
The Chicago Cubs have done everything to build a seamless, thoroughly contemporary World Series contender. But they still rely on a pair of old-school mashers.
Kyle Lohse was never a great pitcher, and needed St. Louis Cardinals magic to become a good one. But he did a lot with nothing much for years. That's something.
Steven Wright has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He's also a knuckleballer, which adds a satisfying edge of weirdness to his success.
Bad luck, historically tough competition, and some stubborn personality kinks kept the Durant/Westbrook Thunder from being great, but they were always memorable.
Two teams ago, Wil Myers was one of baseball's true can't-miss prospects. The former Rookie of the Year has missed a lot since then, but now he's easing into stardom.
Right now, the Red Sox are a dazzling offense yoked to a miserable pitching staff. They'll improve at the trade deadline, but let's savor the oddity until then.
The Tigers owe a lot of money to players whose best seasons are behind them. In the moment, though, they're still in the mix, thanks to Detroit stalwarts Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving can do things no other NBA point guard can do. What gets him into trouble is doing them all at once. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, however, it all worked.
Over the last generation or so, first basemen have been beefy swing-and-miss types. The Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer isn't like that, but he's as good a first baseman as we've got.