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On the other hand, they're facing Scott Kazmir, so anything is possible.
Allen Craig now the NL's leading hitter.
I have to admit, I really don't understand how this A's team has been this good. They've got Donaldson, who is having in an MVP-ish sort of season. And Colon is somehow managing to pitch like it's 2002. But other than that, they don't really have anybody having a notable season.
I guess there really is something to be said for lack of injuries and modest quality in a rotation. Their 5 man rotation has 95 of the team's 100 starts - and they're all pitching well above replacement level. Add in the two star performances and no real black holes - and that's a recipe for leading the division.
12 K's over eight innings by Strasburg, and nothing to show for it. Damn.
What happened to Storen? Two years ago this guy looked like he'd be a solid closer for the next 5 years at least, and now he's a garbage middle reliever who can't get anyone out.
lohse holding his own thru 5
I will say this, this year Fox Sports Midwest has done a much better job of showing defensive positioning than they ever did in the past. It's like they were told "hey talk about the game besides the pitcher, batter and runner."
What happened to Hudson?
I've been waiting for some producer to start doing this with a broadcast. The NFL broadcasts spend all kinds of time between plays talking about different formations and plays and highlighting why a guy is playing where and what he's looking for. There's plenty to show in baseball between pitches, or at least between hitters, that would be just as interesting. Show where the outfielders and infielders are settting up, highlight if they're holding the runners or playing deeper or shallower than usual, etc. Not only do we get none of this analysis or explanation for the casual fan who doesn't have a clue about the nuances, but we don't even frequently get a wide angle view of the field to even see the positioning for ourselves.
In a world where the Nats don't gack up three runs in the 9th inning, they would've finally won a ####### game.
@Buster_ESPN Eric Young, Jr., who clipped Hudson and injured him, goes over to apologize to the pitcher as he's taken off; EY, Jr. appears to be crying.
In other news: How 'bout them Os?!
How does the Hudson injury stack up to the Nick Johnson broken leg in RF? That was pretty gruesome.
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