Every season in the MLB allows for the unexpected. Some teams do much better than originally projected and others seem to fall off from their preseason hype. It’s just apart of the game and makes for some exciting times. With the 2022 season coming to a close, it’s time to look back on some teams that didn’t live up to their potential.
3. Los Angeles Angels
Another year stuck in mediocrity for the Angels despite having two of the best players in the game. The way that this franchise has managed themselves is poor and has resulted in them missing the playoffs pretty much every season. To give them credit, they do try to make moves to win. However, they normally don’t pan out. Pitching is still a problem for this team and needs to be a major priority in the offseason. Maybe owner Arte Moreno selling the team will finally be the answer to all the problems. Only time will tell but this team needs to take a hard look in the mirror and stop wasting the potential of two great players in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
2. Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox had high expectations heading into this season after reaching the ALCS last year. They added Trevor Story into the mix and seemed loaded and ready to go. However, fate had other ideas and they struggled to find any sort of consistency throughout the year. They will likely finish dead last in the AL East, a ways away from where many thought they would be. Boston has the talent on the roster to win and maybe next season will be a redemption year.
1. Minnesota Twins
The reason the Twins finish first here is because they had a good chance at the postseason for a lot of the season. But injuries and inconsistent play halted that progress and sent Minnesota back to the middle of the pack. This team was in the hunt for the AL Central crown and just simply fell off. They are talented but lack some difference makers on the roster. They added in Carlos Correa during the offseason and he is eligible to opt out, if he wants. It’ll be interesting to see where the Twins go from here.