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4 Most Disappointing American League Teams So Far in 2019

The onset of the 2019 MLB season hasn't gone planned for many teams. We've already taken a look at the National League, where expected powerhouses like the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are vastly underperforming. While April isn't a time to make concrete assessments, it's still concerning to see some of these stacked squads struggling as badly as they are. Here's who's having trouble in the AL.

4. Cleveland Indians

Yes, the Cleveland Indians are 8-4 and first in the AL Central, but what's disappointing is their offense and injury issues. On Tuesday, the Indians put Mike Clevinger on the injured list with a back strain that will keep him out at least 6-8 weeks. The absence of Francisco Lindor has also hurt the Indians in a big way, in addition to the slow start of Jose Ramirez, who is hitting just .136 across 44 at-bats with no home runs. The Indians may have a hold on first place in the AL Central right now, but this isn't the type of Indians baseball we're accustomed to seeing.

3. Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics stunned everyone, and won 97 games on their way to a wild card berth in the 2018 season. Many believed that the Athletics could have similar success, with more young talent like Jesus Luzardo seemingly on the way to making a significant impact with the major league club. However, early season and previous injuries to other players have led the Athletics to 4th place in the AL West with a 9-8 record. Currently, the Athletics are missing slugging first baseman Matt Olson (broken hamate bone) as well as starters A.J. Puk (Tommy John surgery) and Luzardo (strained rotator cuff). The Athletics have thrived on the contributions of their young players, and are just waiting for it to happen again. Many of these players will be out until at least May, so they'll have to make due with what they have and gain ground in the competitive AL West, where the Seattle Mariners have stunned everyone, slugging their way to a 13-2 record.

2. New York Yankees

Injuries have absolutely done this team in up to this point. The New York Yankees currently have eight key players on the injured list, including stars Miguel Andujar, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Didi Gregorius, and Giancarlo Stanton. These injuries haven't helped the Yankees at all, as many of the stars will be out for months at the minimum. The Bronx Bombers could certainly use a boost right now, especially in the bullpen, where the relievers own a collective 3.97 ERA. Of course, it also wouldn't hurt to have the slugging Stanton back on the roster either. The Yankees have some ground to cover, as they are currently 5-7 and 4.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays. 

1. Boston Red Sox

There's no other team more disappointing at this moment than the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are off to a rocky 4-9 start, with a rotation that is severely underperforming to this point. After receiving a $145 million contract extension, Chris Sale has not pitched up to par in any of his three starts to this point, putting together a 9.00 ERA across 13 innings with just eight strikeouts. Furthermore, there isn't a single Boston Red Sox starter that has an ERA below David Price's 6.00. Not to mention that players like Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts have yet to live up to their 2018 performances. Yes, it's still early but there's cause for concern across the board.