Storm Chasin

Heather Avi HeaderI have to mention it: baseball season is officially halfway over. I know, I know. Trust me, none of us (baseball fans) want the season to end. Good thing that’s like — oh, only three months away.

The Omaha Storm Chasers (38-51) sit at the bottom of the American Northern division in the Pacific Coast League in Triple-A ball. The Chasers are 14 games back of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Only one team in the PCL is worse than Omaha — the Albuquerque Isotopes (37-53), who have the whole basement to themselves in the Pacific Southern division.

The Storm Chasers look to come out of the All-Star break with wins — and the eight-game home stand should give them a chance to do so.

Omaha surrendered three games to Oklahoma City before the All Star break, but took the series at the Iowa Cubs.

And while the Kansas City Royals have slipped to third place in the AL Central, it’s not impossible for them to make a turnaround. The Royals have suffered some serious injuries (Moose), but have gained some assets from their Triple-A affiliate (Merrifield, Eibner, Cuthbert, etc).

The only analysis I can offer: there’s time for the Storm Chasers to make adjustments and improve their season. At this point, I’m wondering if they actually will because I know I’ve preached this exact point over the course of the season. There’s only one thing to explain this: hope. I hope that the team makes a turnaround. Realistically do I see it? No. I don’t see them moving past OKC to first place. Do I see the Chasers moving past Iowa? Sure. Maybe even Colorado Springs.

Bubba Starling fans, you’ve got the entire second half to enjoy the fifth selection from 2011 and the Royals’ No. 7 prospect. In 10 games, he’s hit .294 with a home run and five RBI. I think Nebraska fans might still be bitter that he didn’t stick with his commitment to play football (and baseball) for the Cornhuskers, but the Royals are pretty much a hometown team. Why not root for him on his way to the big leagues? At least it’s something to look forward to.

Watch as the Omaha Storm Chasers return to action at home Thursday at 7:05, which starts with a four-game series against Salt Lake City.

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