The Houston Astros are currently sitting pretty atop the AL West with a 57-33 record, 7.5 games up on the second-place Oakland Athletics. Gerrit Cole has been a big reason for the organization's success, ranking among the league leaders in strikeouts (170) and WHIP (1.02) thanks to his speedy fastball.
But while the Astros have had a great season, there are a lot of team's sitting well below the .500 mark. And Cole thinks it's due to lack of effort. The Astros' ace blasted half the league with his recent comments, claiming that at least half the league doesn't care about winning.
In today's game, non-contending teams opt to tank in hopes of building towards a stronger future, rather than compete throughout the year. They will offload key veteran players in order to stockpile young prospects and rid themselves of big contracts.
We've seen it time and time again, when a team decides to blow up the roster and trade away their key players to contending teams. It becomes clear those teams have their sights set on the future, rather than winning ball games this season. Cole's clearly frustrated by the dip in competitiveness, though it doesn't seem like it's something that will change any time soon.