Watching the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Baseball Purgatory
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.
Watching Kris Bryant And Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Bedrock
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.
The Forgettable Career and Memorable Triumphs of Kyle Lohse
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.
The Oklahoma City Thunder Were Wild, Loud, And Still Echoing
Bad luck, historically tough competition, and some stubborn personality kinks kept the Durant/Westbrook Thunder from being great, but they were always memorable.
Watching Wil Myers, Who Is Finally Becoming The Player He Was Supposed To Be
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.
Watching the Boston Red Sox, While They're Still Weird
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.