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A Wild Ride

2022 MLB Season has had an up and down first half

By Ruben Rodriguez
La Feria News

As we are less than a month away from the MLB All-Star Break, The first half of the 2022 MLB Season has been nothing short of exciting. From the American League East to the National League West, There have been without a doubt some exciting storylines.

Firstly we start with the American League East, where the team with the most wins this season resides. The New York Yankees have been electric in 2022. The Bronx Bombers who have crossed into the golden number of 50 wins continue to remain hot and show no signs of slowing down. Hot on their tails are the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto who is only 11 games behind New York are led by the young infield trio of Calvan Biggio, Bo Bichette, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. One game behind the Jays are the Boston Red Sox.

Heading into the American League Central, which has been a fight between the first-place Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins. The Twins who are in second place, have been on a roll and look to keep it going to try to overtake an equally electric Cleveland Ball Club.

Next up, we go to the American League West, which has been the Wild West as two Texas titans are currently in a clash for first place. The first-place Houston Astros who have taken control and grabbed first from the Los Angeles Angels, have held it since April. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers have been on a tear with a “small ball’ style of play. Texas, who are above .500 for the first time since August of 2019 look to keep it that way. Sitting in third are the Los Angeles Angels, who have had a nightmarish 2022. After Suffering a 14 game losing streak which also included the firing of Manager Joe Maddon and season ending injury to Anthony Rendon. Trout and Othani still remain hot and optimistic despite the odds.

As we now turn the tables to the National League East, New York seems to be leading the Majors in best records as the Mets currently hold the second-best record in Major League Baseball. New York currently find themselves battling out with the defending champion Atlanta Braves. The Philadelphia Phillies sit in third right behind Atlanta.

In the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are in a fist fight for first, both holding the same records. St. Louis, who look for their first Playoff appearance since 2014, are trying to hold off Milwaukee’s explosive offense led by Christian Yelich, Willy Adames and Luis Urias. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are veteran heavy with Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, all who are in their final season.

In the National League West, which should also be considered the Wild West as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are currently battling it out for first. San Diego, who despite losing key stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, have been on a dominant run and have captured first in the NL West. However, due to a big loss against the Colorado Rockies, The Dodgers recaptured first and now hold it. But, due to a crucial series loss to the Guardians in interleague play, San Diego remains in striking distance to retake the first place spot in the NL West.

With the 2022 MLB All-Star Game on July 19 in Los Angeles, Multiple teams look to capture first and attempt to hold it and lead into the All-Star Break.

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