With almost two months of the 2009 baseball season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the bottom end of the power rankings. Who are the worst teams in the major leagues? Here’s a look at our worst five:
1. Washington Nationals
The Nationals win the prize for being the worst team in all of baseball. They not only sport by far the worst record in the major leagues, they have gotten outscored by more runs than any other team. Their biggest flaw is a horrible pitching staff. At the plate, they are actually decent.
2. Houston Astros
Although the Astros aren’t as bad as the Nationals, they are in a very bad place. Not only is the team not any good, they have a roster filled with veterans — and expensive veterans, at that. Although their batting order consists of a lot of big names, they simply aren’t able to put enough runs on the board to compete on a daily basis.
3. Baltimore Orioles
Swinging the bat, the Orioles are actually a very explosive unit. The problem is the pitching. Outside of the Nationals, there’s not a worse pitching staff in either league. Their starters are underperforming and their bullpen isn’t anything to write home to Baltimore about. The silver lining is that the Orioles have a young team that should continue to improve.
4. Florida Marlins
Although the Marlins got off to a really good start and had a long winning streak, the truth of the matter is starting to show through. This team is just not very good. Like the Orioles, their future is bright due to a lot of young talent. However, after looking like a potential playoff team earlier in the season, those dreams are rapidly ending.
5. Colorado Rockies
A couple years ago, the Rockies were in the World Series. But now, the playoffs already look like a long-shot. The problem is that their young players didn’t really develop in recent years and their older veterans are nearing the end of the line. It appears as if the Rockies may need an overhaul to return to the top.