Notes after the All-Star Break

Who’s coming out hot after the break?

It’s only been exactly a week since baseball has resumed after the All-Star break, but things have certainly been exciting. Players and teams are really beginning to focus on that journey towards the playoffs.

The Boston Red Sox have stayed red hot to start off the second half of the year; they’re tied for first with the most home runs (15) through only six games. With Hanley Ramirez hitting at the three spot, the Red Sox are still being fueled offensively by many players, especially David Ortiz. The big guy is is batting .304 to start the second half, keeping his impressive “retirement” season intact.

The St. Louis Cardinals are my second team that has really started off this second half of the season with some extra intensity. They are tied with the Red Sox atop the major leagues with 15 home runs, led by Jed Gyorko’s four bombs; he’s also batting .429 through the six games. Currently 6.5 games behind the Cubs, it seems like the Cards want to cut into this lead sooner rather than later.

The Miami Marlins. Winning five of their first seven back from the All Star break, the Marlins are only 4.5 games behind the Nationals for the division and currently hold the second Wild Card spot. Offensively, nobody has truly stood out so far during the second half for them power wise; they are all hitting consistently for average. What I am more impressed by is Jose Fernandez pitching through his first start of the second half. Jose went 6.1 innings with 14 K’s in a no decision. Everything is clicking for the Marlins, so watch out NL East: they’re here to stay.

My hottest team starting off the second half is…….. The Los Angeles Angels. Shocker, I know. The Angels are a perfect 6-0 after the All Star break. Still 11.5 games out of the division, I like the baseball that they are playing currently. Albert Pujols is playing like the Albert of old and I absolutely love it. Through six games, he’s batting .368 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. I would absolutely love for the Angels to make the playoffs. If they continue playing this way, it just might happen.

By: Zach Miller

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