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With the MLB All-Star Game less than one month away, fans have a pretty good idea which teams are poised to make a run at postseason play. It’s also become increasingly evident which rosters are condemned to flounder in the bowels of baseball’s standings.

Frankly, it hasn’t been pretty for the six squads sitting in last place of their respective divisions. From ugly run differentials, to pitching woes, to mass failings in the batter’s box, to rough defensive showings, the following teams have their fan bases shaking their heads in disgust.

Using visualizations from our data research engine, PointAfter will diagnose some of the reasons why these last-place teams have been so difficult to watch. (Note: All stats referenced in this article are accurate as of June 19 and visuals will update automatically.)

Boston Red Sox

Division: American League East
Record: 29-39
Last 10 Games: 2-8

Let’s just get this abomination out of the way early. The Red Sox went out and spent heaps of money during the offseason on noteworthy batsmen Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval (more than $180 million, to be exact). Ramirez experienced a white-hot start in April by hitting .293/.341/.659 with 10 homers, but he’s launched just three home runs since.

Hanley Ramirez: 2015 Hitting Production by Month | PointAfter

Even more disconcerting than his slump at the dish has been Hanley’s defense. With a defensive wins above replacement (DWAR) of -1.9, Ramirez is the worst qualified left fielder by far. In fact, he’s one full DWAR worse than Marlon Byrd who’s one slot better than him in the category. His transition to left field has been an unmitigated disaster.

As for Sandoval, well, he’s been embroiled in a controversy stemming from his Instagram use during a game—something former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Eric Wedge called, “sickening to me” and “upsetting on multiple levels.”

While that take is hot enough to melt a Game of Thrones winter, Sandoval’s actions are still frowned upon and a microcosm for Boston’s ineptitude. Instead of having a laser focus to turn things around and live up to the hype, the team’s apparent disinterest continues to mount. On top of everything, Sandoval has been absolutely dreadful against left-handed pitching.

Pablo Sandoval: Hitting Production by Pitching Hand | PointAfter

Coupled with Boston’s well documented pitching struggles—the Red Sox rank 29th in the league with a 4.47 team ERA—it’s not at all shocking that they’re at the bottom of the AL East standings.

Chicago White Sox

Division: American League Central
Record: 28-37
Last 10 Games: 3-7

The ChiSox made a slew of changes during the winter to revamp the roster. Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, David Robertson…all fresh faces brought in to compete with what looked like a loaded division prior to Opening Day. On the whole, those additions haven’t panned out in terms of contributing to a winning product.

Bottom 10 MLB Teams: Batting Average | PointAfter

Bottom 10 MLB Teams: ERA | PointAfter

The White Sox haven’t been hitting nor pitching well in 2015. They sit in the bottom 10 in both ERA and batting average as a team. Only LaRoche and Jose Abreu—AL Rookie of the Year, All-Star and Silver Slugger award recipient in 2014—have been making an impact at the plate. The same minimal star power extends to the pitching staff, as only starter Chris Sale and Robertson (the new closer) are posting solid numbers.

Of the four guys who have started at least 10 games on the mound, Sale is the only one with an ERA below 4.00.

Chris Sale Leads White Sox’s Struggling Pitching Staff | PointAfter

Oakland Athletics

Division: American League West
Record: 29-40
Last 10 Games: 6-4

The Oakland Athletics are the biggest enigma in the bundle of last-place teams. Although they sit a paltry 11 games under .500 (even after a 4-1 stretch that started on June 14), the A’s have a run differential of +36. That’s a head-scratching stat.

For reference, the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels—two teams ahead of Oakland in the division standings—have combined to outscore opposing teams by just 18 runs. The A’s boast an impressive team ERA of 3.47, and they’ve scored the second-most runs of any team in the Majors. So what gives?

The only discernable flaw Oakland has is defense, and it has been a backbreaking weakness thus far.

The A’s have committed an unfathomable 65 errors through 69 games played—10 more miscues than the No. 29 ranked Rangers. Shortstop Marcus Semien has done the most damage in that department by racking up 22 errors in 67 games played, but the entire unit needs to be held responsible for righting the ship on the diamond. Add even adequate defense to this unit and it would be competing for the top spot in the division. Alas…

Colorado Rockies

Division: National League West
Record: 28-38
Last 10 Games: 2-8

The Colorado Rockies offense has actually been posting rock-solid numbers. With DJ LeMahieu’s consistency, Troy Tulowitzki’s resurgence and Nolan Arenado’s power (16 homers), Colorado is tied for 10th in the run scoring category.

Of course, even with Coors Field embracing a humidor to try and keep their baseballs on a level playing field in spite of the altitude, the Rockies pitching staff hasn’t been able to limit the number of runs scored against them.

The Rockies (far right) have surrendered 334 runs (most in MLB) | PointAfter

That’s not for lack of trying, though, as the Rockies have started nine different pitchers on the mound this season. They just haven’t found anything that’s worked.

Milwaukee Brewers

Division: National League Central
Record: 24-44
Last 10 Games: 3-7

In the 2011 film Moneyball based on the Oakland Athletics under general manager Billy Beane, there’s a lot of emphasis put on the importance of getting on base. It’s a simple concept, but it truly is the name of the game in baseball. Someone should alert the Milwaukee Brewers.

In addition to the Brew Crew’s ghastly .233 batting average, Milwaukee has a league-worst .284 on-base percentage. For reference, 19 MLB players have a higher batting average than the Brewers’ OBP.

They’ve been outscored by 81 runs thus far, and yet they still haven’t been as pathetic as the final team we’ll touch on.

Philadelphia Phillies

Division: National League East
Record: 23-45
Last 10 Games: 1-9

The Phillies have the worst record in baseball at 23-45. They’ve been outscored by an astonishing 112 runs. Milwaukee, the next-worst team in that category, is a distant second (outscored by 81 runs).

Bottom 10 MLB Teams in Runs Scored | PointAfter

Philly has generated the fewest runs in the league by an alarming margin. That wouldn’t be as tough of a pill to swallow for fans if the Phillies had a collection of promising young prospects or a roster relying upon a bunch of cheap bargain-bin talents. Instead, there are three guys on the roster making more than $20 million this season alone.

Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Payroll | PointAfter

It’s past time for the Phillies to cut bait with those guys, but with Ryan Howard’s diminishing production and Cliff Lee’s injury troubles, the only player Philadelphia could realistic dangle in a trade is ace starter Cole Hamels.

Don’t be surprised if the left-hander gets moved before the trade deadline, because the Phillies are going nowhere fast.