Cubs aren’t alone: 5 biggest flops of baseball’s first half – Chicago Tribune

This baseball season, like most, has been full of surprises.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has burst on to the scene as one of the league’s best sluggers, becoming the first player since 2013 to hit 30 home runs during the first half of the season. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is following up his 2016 Cy Young campaign with an even better season, striking out a career-high 35.5 percent of batters while walking just 5.5 percent, a differential that if maintained would be the fourth best since Pedro Martinez was on the mound 17 years ago.

The Arizona Diamondbacks won just 69 games last season, but they are now poised to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers are also in the playoff hunt, with the latter leading the NL Central by 5 1/2 games at the All-Star break.

But not all the surprises are positive. Here the five biggest flops and failures of the 2017 season.