Ah. The All-Star Game. The much hyped “Midsummer Classic” that rolls around every July. It is at this point where teams and players are all deemed to be “contenders,” or the ever so unoriginal expression, “pretenders.” With over 70 games to play per club, let’s see how things shake up following the festivities in San Diego.
In a division where the pinstripes are no longer big brother, The Orioles and Red Sox have been making the most noise. With Mark Trumbo on pace to hit 56 home runs for Baltimore, he’s shaped up to be one of the best free agent signings in baseball history. Boston’s young talent in the likes of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogearts and Jackie Bradley Jr. all should continue to push the pace in spite of their horrid pitching staff (4.43 Team ERA 19th).
The WIndians! Who would think, the Cleveland Indians would steal the spotlight from the NBA Champion Cavaliers? OK, maybe only for a couple of weeks. But still – Cleveland owns a 6 ½ game lead in the division and boasts arguably one of the best rotations in baseball. We wouldn’t want to forget about the team that won it all 10 months ago, though. Even with a banged up Royal team, KC will try to work more magic in the second half.
Isn’t it weird that the Texas Rangers sent only Cole Hamels and Ian Desmond to the All-Star Game? Not like it matters much. Wait, doesn’t it count for home field advantage in the World Series? Never mind. Texas has been rolling (5.5 game lead in West) despite Prince Fielder hitting just .216 with 8 HRs at the break. But the Rangers need Fielder. The boys just roughly 250 miles away are coming: winners in 16 of its last 22, the The Houston Astros will no doubt be omnipresent in the second half. George Springer has burst on to the scene since being added to the leadoff spot on May 22nd. But Houston will be looking for Dallas Keuchel to become the ace that once pitched his team to a win in last year’s Wild Card game against the Yankees.
By: Alex Cammarata
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