The 2021 MLB season has reached its quarter mark. It’s time to check in on each team and decide what fans should plan for in October.
The 2021 MLB season is a quarter of the way done. You’ve seen the power rankings; watched every game of your favorite team. You’ve rejoiced at the walk-off wins and groaned like a Gregorian Monk when the bullpen blows a three-run lead in the 9th inning. You know the season is a marathon but you can’t help to think about plans for October. We have a pretty good feel of what your October plans should be after looking at the first quarter of the season. Should you book tickets for the World Series? Or, how cheap can you book flights for a beach getaway in October? We’re here to help.
Boston Red Sox: Did you think your team would be in the race for the best record in the AL this year? The injuries haven’t happened, Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez are tearing the cover off the ball while Nick Pivetta and Garrett Richards are a combined 9-2. The summer should be fun in Bean Town. October purchase: At least one round of playoff tickets.
Tampa Bay Rays: Tell me your team loses it’s top 2 starting pitchers and you still have playoff aspirations and we’d tell you to stay away from Vegas. Yet, here sit the Rays in the top half of the division and have yet to call up prospect Wander Franco. October purchase: Buy early and get burned by missing the playoffs; buy late and get burned by not buying soon enough. Really tough call but look to be in the driver’s seat for at least 1 playoff game.
New York Yankees: Somehow the Yankees have overcome a few injuries and an extremely slow start. Still, we’re questioning how long their division worst batting average lasts and will it prevent them from getting better than where they sit now. The only thing helping them so far is their AL Best ERA. October purchase: Stay close in case you need to cancel plans – Jersey Shore weekend away.
Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.is everything he has been advertised as while leading the team to the 4th best batting average in the AL. Despite not having a pitcher in any top 10 categories, collectively the staff is in the top 10 in ERA. October purchase: Unless something changes ahead of them, a nice little return to your home away from home…away from home in Dunedin, FL will give you a head start to a fun 2022 Spring Training.
Baltimore Orioles: Home of the feel-good story of Trey Mancini and Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Mountcastle. Watching these two guys should keep a smile on your face during the long August nights. October Purchase: It’s not glamorous, but at least a trip to Seattle will still get you some great lobster and crab dinners.
Chicago White Sox: An old school manager with the help of a new school thinking team has been an interesting mix in the eyes of the many. But it’s working. Having a guy like Yermin Mercedes leading your offense is a huge reason why things are looking like roses. October purchase: An extended run through the playoffs might cost you a couple of extra dollars but it will be worth it.
Cleveland Indians: Shane Bieber is a monster on the mound. He’s the leading strikeout guy in the league and is pacing the team’s 4th best league ERA. If only he could get some support from the third-worst hitting team and the next to lowest-scoring team in the league. October purchase: Despite the long cold winter ahead, there’s hope on the horizon…we think. Feel free to spend a few weeks in San Padre Island, TX.
Kansas City Royals: Sometimes hot and sometimes cold. This hasn’t equated to anything more than just average. Andrew Benintendi is leading the team with a .285 batting average. For the team to be better than average they need the hoped resurgence of Michael A Taylor and Carlos Santana to get kick-started into high gear moving forward. October purchase: Lake Havasu City, AZ will keep you entertained while you prepare emotionally for another off-season of veterans hoping to revive their career.
Detroit Tigers: Spencer Torkelson (MLB #3 Prospect) and Riley Greene (MLB #16 Prospect) can’t make it to Motown soon enough. Their arrival in 2022 as they join Akil Baddoo provides hope for AJ Hinch and the future of the Tigers. Part of that hope is the ability of the front office to keep Miguel Cabrera around to mentor these three. October purchase: Cheyenne, WY – home of the famous beaches Garth Brooks mentions.
Minnesota Twins: Fan favorite pitcher…or catcher Willians Astudillo is looking like the lone bright spot for the team. Byron Buxton started off like a wildfire in a dry forest. Unfortunately, he was the only one. Now injured and colder than a fountain drink, the Twins are sitting at the bottom of the division and can’t seem to find the magic they captured in 2020. October Purchase: Escape the Land of 1000 Lakes and head to the magic of Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Houston Astros: Back on top of the West despite losing George Springer and Josh Reddick, the offense seems to be better than 2020 with a league-leading .272 team batting average. Meanwhile, Lance McCullers is pacing the AL top 5 team ERA as the team has put everything back to its winning ways after a really slow start. October purchase: 2021 could see another return to the World Series.
Oakland Athletics: A huge win streak catapulted the A’s to the top of the division. Since the hot start, they’ve cooled off. Yusmeiro Petit leads the team in wins despite coming out of the bullpen. Matt Olson and Ramon Laureano are pacing the team offensively with 21HR and 47RBI combined. October purchase: Playoffs will return to the Bay Area. An added benefit of a possible Bay Bridge series if the Giants continue outperforming.
Seattle Mariners: Kyle Lewis is back; his bat is not. Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert have arrived; it’s not helping just yet. Mitch Haniger looks like he did in 2019 before injuries. Kyle Seager just keeps setting franchise records. The bullpen went from the worst ERA in the AL in 2020 to one of the best in 2021. BUT, none of this is helping be more than average. If they can find their bats soon, they’ll be fine, just not playoff fine. October purchase: You’ll want to stay close to Seattle keeping an ear open for a full jump into the youth movement and any deals Jerry Dipoto might make. Lake Chelan or a week-long excursion down the 101 to Astoria or Cannon Beach, OR.
Texas Rangers: They started the rebuild this past off-season. A few days in they continued the rebuild by trading Rougned Odor. Next on the list is Joey Gallo. But, there is still fun to be had this season by taking in the offensive mastery of Adolis Garcia and the defense of Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Beyond this, September will be one to forget. October purchase: Go take in the snow of winter by visiting Upstate New York and the beauty of Niagra Falls.
Los Angeles Angels: The world is abuzz with the performance of Shohei Ohtani. What’s not to love about a guy the leads the AL (sometimes majors) in HR’s; in the top 10 in MLB for R and RBI. The only thing he isn’t leading the team in is batting average thanks to Mike Trout. However, the MLB worst team ERA also resides in Anaheim. Winning is hard when you can’t outscore your opponents. October purchase: Another year Trout doesn’t make the playoffs; get your tickets to Cancun and indulge in some adult beverages on the Mexico shore.