Perhaps the most compelling number in the June stats is the W-L. There were some peaks and valleys and a continuing slowdown by the offense. The month of June was particularly cruel to Oswaldo Arcia, although a number of guys didn't do well. The team averaged almost exactly four runs per game, were outhomered by seven and outscored by ten runs. The span of a month seems to be long enough to normalize a lot of stats. Without looking, I thought Dozier and Escobar would both be below .200 for the preceding 30 days and that the club would have both a worse won-loss and homer differential than did occur.
On the mound, we saw a staff that continues to show it is better than last year, but not enough to take a big step forward. One bad start ruined Kyle Gibson's otherwise stellar month. Hughes regressed to the mean, but remained solid, and Correia bounced back to the good side of mediocre. The principle guys in the bullpen were good, but not dominant. The other two spots in the rotation remain up in the air. Nolasco's contract locks him in to one spot and all comers should get a shot at the other slot in the rotation.
What lies ahead? Well, the month of July should be a transition month. The schedule softens a bit, and the trade deadline looms. At some point, Terry Ryan will have to decide whether this basic roster is good enough to contend (I don't think it is) and act accordingly. If the team is to retool and contend as soon as next year, they need to shed a lot of veterans.
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