And I thought the Cheapskate teams were on fire in the last update.
Look out, big-money markets of Major League Baseball:
Here come the bottom-feeders.
Every single one of the four teams in the running for the first-ever Cheapskate award is on fire. The unbelievable Marlins continue to sit in first place in the NL East on the strength of a seven-game winning streak. The amazing Rays of Tampa Bay are back within 1.5 games of the AL East-leading Red Sox after winning four in a row. The Athletics have held on to the top spot in the AL West by winning four of their last six. And even the Pirates, in all of their crapitude, are currently riding a five-game winning streak that has enabled them to climb to two games under .500 and just a half-game out of fourth place in the NL Central.
It’s amazing what these value-minded bargain-basement teams are accomplishing. And people say the dollar is weak.
Just to refresh, the Cheapskate rewards the team that is able to spend the least amount of money per win. Here are the numbers we’re working with.
Total salaries (according to this list published by the Associated Press):
Tampa Bay $43,820,598
Cost per game:
Tamp Bay $270,497.52
We’re rewarding value-based mediocrity and the teams that get the most out of spending the least.
Florida has held on to the top spot in the Cheapskate all season, but the Marlins’ new mark of $216,000 per win is the lowest since the first Cheapskate standings. Tampa Bay’s winning streak has vaulted the Rays into second place in the Cheapskate for the second time this season. And while the Pirates are still bringing up the rear, their current rate of $645,000 per win is as low as they’ve had since the season’s second Cheapskate update, when they got down to $565,000 after a big winning streak.
Coming up next, the Marlins go to Cincinnati for a four-game series against the worse-than-the-Pirates Reds. Tampa Bay hosts the stuck-at-.500 Yankees for a four-game series. Oakland has Monday off before a three-game series at Cleveland. And the Pirates wrap up their four-game home tilt against the Braves with a double-header on Monday before going to St. Louis to start a three-game series against the Cardinals.
It’s a big time for the Cheapskate teams. Here are the most recent standings:
Standing: 1st in NL East
Games back: 0
Money spent per win: $216,841.25
Standing: 2nd in AL East
Games back: 1.5
Money spent per win: $476,590.87
Standing: 1st in AL West
Games back: 0
Money spent per win: $502,071.37
Standing: 5th in NL Central
Games back: 4.5
Money spent per win: $645,297.82