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This is the first time both the Orioles and the Royals have been in first place past May since August 30, 1979.
Yeah, the AL has been quite surprising this year. Preseason I had the Orioles and Yankees battling it out for third place in the AL East (behind Tampa and Boston ... yikes!)
I thought it'd be Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore myself. I'm amazed they've done it without Weiters, Machado injured, and then Davis hitting .190 or something.
According to bWAR, their best position player is Steve Pearce, and their best picher is Darren O'Day.
You really aren't supposed to send the runner home with nobody out.
As annoying as God Bless America is at the stretch it's worse when they do it in the sixth inning preceded by a "please stand and remove your caps..."announcement. That just happened at the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) game.
even Mike Trout's been quite with the bat these last stretch of games.
We figured this would happen. But we figured it would be because Bryce Harper started dominating pitchers the way Mike Trout did. We didn't anticipate Trout hitting down to Harper's level.
But that's where we are. Trout is something of a low-average, low-contact slugger now, hitting .240/.322/.452 with 35 strikeouts (!) in 104 at-bats. Harper is more of a bat-control guy for the moment, with a higher average and OBP, at the expense of dingers (.270/.359/.427).
The Tigers are 12-16, already seven games behind the Royals... the only way [the Doug Fister] trade was going to look smart, even temporarily, was if Fister immediately got hurt and the Tigers immediately called up Robbie Ray because he was pitching so well. Even if that unlikely scenario were to happen, it's not like it would continue to happen. Fister's too good. He's the kind of pitcher who would make a playoff-bound team empty the farm in July. Now there's a chance that the Tigers will need to empty the farm in July for a starting pitcher.
By "empty the farm," I mean they would have to trade more than Robbie Ray. Because it's not like that guy is going to be the centerpiece of a package for a frontline starter. They'd have to trade ... I don't know ... their starting center fielder and another prospect to boot to get one of those guys.
The Padres are the best team in the NL, and you shouldn't be surprised. They've been good this whole time, but we weren't paying attention. They're 16-9, but their Pythagorean record is even better... It's not like they're going to go on an extended losing jag, fall out of the race, and wonder if that early winning didn't do anything but screw them out of a protected draft pick in 2015.
Grant Brisbee had a fun article about articles we might see if the second half were the first half
THUHHHHHHHH ROYALS WIN!!!!!!
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