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The first month of an MLB season is typically full of red herrings. For example, after a brutal April, the Boston Red Sox are starting to round into form, winning 10 of their last 12 contests. It follows then that some surprising division leaders or contenders could soon fall out of the playoff picture.
Here are four teams poised to fall out of contention in the 2019 MLB season.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks (22-18)
The Arizona Diamondbacks have jumped out to a solid start, but it's tough to see that continuing for the rest of the season. Arizona's pitching staff has surrendered 175 earned runs, which is tied for fifth worst in the NL with the New York Mets. While the Diamondbacks' lineup has been effective thus far, Arizona might not be able to keep pace if its pitching doesn't improve.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (19-17)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have put themselves back over .500 after winning seven of their last 10 games. However, they've done that in spite of a struggling lineup. Pittsburgh has only scored 128 runs this season, which is second worst in the NL behind only the Miami Marlins. The Pirates' pitching staff has been great, but unless this offense turns it around, it's tough to see Pittsburgh remaining in contention.
2. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres made a huge splash when they signed Manny Machado this offseason, but they haven't surrounded him with much talent. San Diego has only mustered 155 runs this season, the fourth-worst total in the NL. Additionally, the Padres' lineup is hitting .231 this season, which ranks fourth worst in the NL. San Diego does have 59 home runs this season (No. 3 in the NL), but if that number begins to regress, the Padres could start dropping games.
1. Minnesota Twins (25-13)
The Minnesota Twins have been buoyed by a hot start on offense, but it's unclear how sustainable that is. The Twins are hitting .263 this season (No. 1 in the MLB), and they've smashed 70 home runs (No. 3 in the MLB). Eddie Rosario leads the team with 13 home runs, but he's never hit more than 27 HRs in a single season. If Rosario and the rest of Minnesota's bats cool off, the Twins could regress to the mean sooner rather than later.
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