Now that we've passed the halfway point in the season it's time to not only look at the pennant races, but also the battle for the Wooden Spoon. Two teams familiar with the award that is annually given to the league's last place team, are trying to avoid becoming the first franchise to receive it twice.
The Vicious Fishes, the 2011 Wooden Spoon recipient, are in last place again. Rookie manager Nikhil Dinesh is learning on the job. The team hasn't won a series since Week 4. The bullpen is a mess. The starters aren't much better. Yet, the Fishes are mere percentage points behind the 15th place team, Home Run 101.
Home Run 101 was the 2010 Wooden Spoon recipient. They have also fallen on hard times, failing to win a series over the past six weeks. The offense is anemic, as the team is last in runs scored, home runs, OBP, and second to last in RBI. Manager Bailey Penzotti is desperate for a big bat.
Another team not out of the woods in this "race" is Bacon. The starting pitchers have struggled. The team is in the lower half of the league's standings in ERA, WHIP, and Quality Starts. Manager Eric Brown is hoping rookie Trevor Bauer can rectify the situation when he makes his first Major League start this week.
The race is on.