In the 2014 MLB season, every team has shown some holes that need plugging in order to make a deep postseason run. Even wire-to-wire division leader Oakland will have its rotation tested in the second half. Over on the senior circuit, it is becoming apparent that Milwaukee will need bench depth for a squad leading the game in wins.
Other MLB contenders are on the verge of trouble as the marathon season runs its course. Offense is way down in 2014, making the need for impact bats greater than ever. Meanwhile, the David Price sweepstakes have forced some teams to dream big ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Here are five teams in contention that need to plug big holes ahead of a playoff push.
5. Anaheim Angels
The 2014 Angels are representing what ownership had in mind when Anaheim signed Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. The offense has looked lethal at times with Mike Trout doing damage in statistical ways and beyond. However, the solid rotation and slugging bats cannot compensate for the holes in the bullpen.
Only five MLB teams have a worse bullpen ERA (4.41) than the Angels. Their 12 blown saves rank them one spot away from MLB’s worst ‘pen. Huston Street and Joaquín Benoit of San Diego have come up as possible trade targets (San Diego is selling), but even bigger names may be on their radar. Since they are not looking for franchise players, they will only need to deal middling players to get what they want.
Biggest need: Bullpen help