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And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

Jul 15, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

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These were the last baseball games that count — despite the claim about the All-Star Game counting, which is certainly does not in any real sense — until Friday. That’s some b.s. right there. Why don’t they play the All-Star Game with only 25 guys on a team and let the rest of the league play regular games with each team a player or two shorthanded at most? Fine, you say that’s unfair? Well, so is deciding home field advantage in the World Series based on a dumb exhibition game, but we do that. Don’t tell me about fair.

Anyway, I’m in New York. I took in the Futures Game yesterday. More about that later, as well as some posts from on the scene at the All-Star Game. For now, though, here’s what went on in places where the games actually mattered:

Tigers 5, Rangers 0: A good reason not to hang around press boxes: when Justin Verlander had a no-hitter into the seventh yesterday, a bunch of baseball writers at the Futures Game openly hoped he wouldn’t get a no-hitter because that would require them to do more work or different work or something. That’s just kind of depressing, even if it’s understandable in a very narrow way.

Phillies 4, White Sox 3: John Mayberry hit the game-winning single in the tenth and with it the Phillies won their ninth in their past 13. Like half the teams that played yesterday, someone gave quotes about how maybe this one will give them momentum going into the second half. Assignment desk: someone look at the second half records of teams which won the final game before the All-Star break over the past, I dunno, decade. Let’s see if this momentum is real!

Nationals 5, Marlins 2: A three-run tenth wins it for the Nats, and with it ends a three-game losing streak and averts the sweep by the Marlins. Many teams are worse than the Nationals. Not many are more happy to see the first half end. Expectations are a hell of a thing.

Indians 6, Royals 4: Can’t kill this Cleveland thing. Detroit beat the tar out of them last weekend and then they come back and win two of three from the Jays and sweep the Royals. One and a half back somehow.

Reds 8, Braves 4: Jay Bruce with three hits including a two-run homer. Freddie Freeman sat out because of jammed thumb that will keep him out of the All-Star Game. Guess that Final Vote was a whole lot of wasted effort, eh? Just a total bloodbath series for the Braves. Freeman, Jason HeywardJustin Upton and B.J. Upton were all injured during this series.

Twins 10, Yankees 4: Thus endeth the ugliest half season (and then some) of baseball in the Bronx in a long time. Errors and ineffectiveness gave the Twins their first win over CC Sabathia in six years.

Mets 4, Pirates 2: Dillon Gee allowed one unearned run in six and two-thirds. Three runs for the Mets in the first ended up being enough. They kept showing highlights of this on the jumbotron at Citi Field during the Futures Game. It got bigger cheers than a lot of what went on at the Futures Game.

Orioles 7, Blue Jays 4: Lots of people are parroting the fact that Chris Davis set a record by tying the AL mark for most homers prior to the All-Star break. Not many are pointing out that the Orioles have played 96 games before the All-Star Break which is an awful lot and which can in no technically accurate way be referred to as the first “half.” Still, he’s hit a lot of homers and that’s cool.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1: Nothing to do with this game but on the media shuttle bus on the way back to the city yesterday I heard a lot of good stories about Vin Scully. Behind the scenes stories which would make you laugh given how Scully has sort of been made into a demi-god over the past several years. Nothing which undermines all that is good about him or which makes him a bad person in any way, shape or form, but stories which humanize the guy a bit and remind one that he is, after all, a human being with a sense of humor and some real world foibles and things. One in which he dropped an F-bomb, which is absolutely hilarious to me. Though I’m sure it was the most melodically-dropped F-bomb ever. Michael Cuddyer hit a homer here. Guess I get to live the lifelong dream of seeing Michael Cuddyer hit in the Home Run Derby tomorrow.

Rays 5, Astros 0: The Rays won for the 14th time in their last 16 behind Chris Archer‘s five-hit shutout. The Rays are 2.5 back of the Red Sox and probably didn’t want the All-Star Break to arrive.

Padres 10, Giants 1: Get no-hit on Saturday, rap out 12 hits on Sunday in the course of scoring ten. Barry Zito only lasted two innings. Carlos Quentin drove in three.

Athletics 3, Red Sox 2: Brandon Workman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his first big league start. Ends up with a no decision as Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer off him. Donaldson added the game-winning RBI single in the 11th. Dude is sitting at .310/.379/.522 with sixteen homers but isn’t an All-Star. Remember that the next time someone complains about life being unfair.

Brewers 5, Diamondbacks 1: Wily Peralta allowed only one run in seven and the Brewers snapped their four-game losing streak. They can now spend the break thinking about all the new losing streaks they’ll start in the second half.

Mariners 4, Angels 3: Seattle sweeps the Angels. Correction about the Nats and their expectations ruining their first half. The Angels have ‘em beat by a mile in this regard.

Cardinals, 10, Cubs 6: A four-spot in the ninth by the Cardinals – including a three-run homer from Yadier Molina — officially ends the first half. Or two thirds. Or whatever we want to call it. For those of you keeping score at home, Allen Craig actually put them ahead with an RBI single before the homer. He did so even for those of you not keeping score at home.

  1. uyf1950 - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    CC, see what you have done. Right now CC is the weakest link in the Yankees starting starting rotation and that needs to change if the Yankees are to have any hopes of making a run for the division and the playoffs when games resume after the ASB. The bad news over the past 2 games for the Yankees is they lost both games and haven’t looked particularly good. The good news over the past 2 games is the Red Sox have also lost so they haven’t lost any additional ground in the standing to the Sox.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      OOhhh now C – CC Ryder

    • deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Another stellar outing by the “Ace of the Staff”. I’ve been saying it for years- Sabbathia is one of the most overpaid Yankees. When you need a pitcher to come up big, he’s not your guy. I wish we could give his money to Kuroda this year- a guy who’s actually been pitching like a #1.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        And for the second time I’ll point out that for years you have been wrong. Crowing about saying something that was wrong for years because you are finally right is…well…silly.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        ” Sabbathia is one of the most overpaid Yankees. ”

        Disclaimer: actually compiling said list may have adverse side effects such as sweating, nausea, depression, suicidal tendencies, interest in Snoop Dog’s reggae career, or death.

        Please contact your physician if you experience any of these side effects..

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        Snoop Lion.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        ” Crowing about saying something that was wrong for years because you are finally right”

        You can argue with me all you want, but he’s never been a big game pitcher and if you’re going to be the ace of the staff and get paid like it, you need to win those games. He’s been garbage in the playoffs for the Yankees including too subpar outings in the World Series against the Phillies. Look at his post season numbers- besides for 3 series throught his career, his numbers are average at best and attrocious at others. He is not a big game pitcher and will never be one. I don’t care how many garbage innings he gives you in the regular season against teams like the Royals, if he can’t pitch in the post season or be the guy to step in and stop a losing streak, he’s not your ace.

  2. lewp - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    “Well, so is deciding home field advantage in the World Series based on a dumb exhibition game, but we do that.”

    I’ve been saying this for years and always get the thumbs down Craig.
    By the way, have you gotten any sleep? Or are you planning to post this early going forward since your older now? lol

    My Rangers have been hanging around the top of the AL West with a patchwork of pitchers all season, so I’m amazed they have kept their noses around the top of the division, but this past weekend has revealed some glaring holes. Hopefully we start getting some players back from the DL soon.

    On a positive note, at least we aren’t the Angels.

    • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I agree that the ASG deciding home field is silly, but let’s not act like there was any legitimate basis for its determination before that. Before, it just alternated each year: arbitrariness isn’t fair either.

      • rarson - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        It’s way more fair than having a random exhibition game decide home field advantage.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        How so?

        In both cases, neither team in the WS did anything to deserve to have (or not have) home field advantage.

        Both “systems” are arbitrary with respect to those involved, make each system unassociated with respect to any concept of “fairness”.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        A real champ should win on the road at least 1 in 4 times. This isn’t football.

  3. sdelmonte - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I have no problem with the winner of the All Star Game determining home field. As far as I can tell, it hasn’t really affected the World Series anyway. But then I also like that every team is represented.

    Welcome to the Baked Apple. Didn’t we arrange the nicest weather for the festivities?

    • quintjs - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      The problem with the all star game is I don’t know how I am supposed to watch it. Am I supposed to cheer for the AL because I support Boston? or am I supposed to enjoy it for the fun because its an exhibition?

      The way it is set up is I am supposed to do both, which is just plain stupid. Choose one, and frankly I don’t care which. If you have to have 100 players per team (give it 3 years) then its just fun. If it decides the WS then make it a serious 25 man game – one starter and a couple of relievers.

      Should just do it both and have 3 all star games. Best of 3 to decide the world series. 3 serious baseball games across the country on one night. AL vs NL. You already have enough players selected for the AS game to play 3 games. A starter and a couple of relievers per game, more than enough position players. That would be interesting.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:57 AM

        I am always perplexed by the lack of league loyalty that appears to be on here. Aside from the occasional pitcherwannabehitterball dustup, I feel like the only one with a strong sense of commitment to her league. What gives?

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        I’m bileagueial.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        I root heavily for the NL every year, always have, even before the “this time it counts” non-sense, but with the non-sense, I actually care that the NL wins, too….even though I KNOW home field in a short series isn’t that big of a deal, better to have it than to not.

        Also, NL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> AL.
        :-P
        :-D

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Wow, paper, I appreciate that in your alternate universe where the NL is better than the AL you are still a league homer. Best get your pitcherwannabehitter ball beanie on then.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Just don’t whine when the Tigers lose again because they have too many DHs playing the field.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        I don’t know why you are opposed to playing the field.

        I felt like we had too many homers yesterday. I like them, but I like on-base action too. Did you know that Miggy has the same number of SB as Yadi and Holliday and two more than Freese?

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        I have no idea what you are talking about. I am opposed to one-dimensional players. All player strengths and weaknesses should contribute to winning and losing with respect to creating and preventing runs. Apparently some people think that an exception should be made for only one player, which is silly.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        I don’t know that it will hold true for you Quin. But my rule is hard and fast.
        Team, Division, League. In that order.

      • spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        “I like on base action”. Coming from a woman that his hysterical.

  4. natslady - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    The Marlins are not playing like a last place team. We just saw the Brewers and the Padres–they are playing like last place teams.

    –The Marlins battered Strasburg and then held the Nats, who scored NO runs after the first inning.
    –The Marlins held the Nats to ONE run in the second game, with Soriano blowing the save on a Stanton HR.
    –The Marlins made one base-running goof in the third game (really, their only “mental error” in the series) and two late-relievers were not effective. Otherwise, it could have been a sweep.

    Stanton is an absolute beast. He made two outfield assists, including one amazing throw from his knees. (After you saw that throw you are not sure why Trent Jewett sent Desi to get nailed at the plate, but that’s Jewett for you. He is the absolute worst 3B coach I have ever seen, we really miss Bo Porter here.)

    The Nats had a record of 86 series with at least one HR which was broken this weekend. However, no complaints because those high walls kept the doubles in the park so runners could score from first base. Davey “shook up” the lineup, with Bryce at leadoff and Denard Span in the 7 hole. I don’t, myself, think that’s a good configuration, but Span hit two RBI doubles, so Davey will probably keep it, or something like it, at least against lefties.

    • natslady - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Other than Stras, we had good pitching for the series. I don’t know if Rizzo will go after a second-tier SP (Garza is WAY too expensive, we don’t have the prospects). Right now, Detwiler is on the DL (and likely to be on-and-off it all season, and of questionable effectiveness), so we have our Big Three (JZimm, Gio, Strasburg), Dan Haren, and X,Y,Z.

      Haren has pitched well since coming off the DL (including 6 shutout innings on Saturday), and he’ll get a nice rest, so, maybe…maybe…

      X,Y, and Z are, right now, Taylor Jordan, who should have been in the Futures Game. He’s fine, but will run up against his innings limit by early August. Then there’s–Ross Ohlendorf?

  5. janessa31888 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    I actually think its cool that the All -Star game decides World Series home field advantage. Just my humble opinion. In fact, I’m one of those weird people who also enjoy the Home Run Derby (Shock! Horror!!)
    Good luck to Jason Kipnis and Justin Masterson going to their first Midsummer Classic.

    • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      I’m sorry, Janessa, but I disagree with your humble opinion in my humble opinion. I think it’s insanity to decide home field advantage by an exhibition game that is one part a popularity contest, and two parts a participation everybody gets to play trophy. It’s a cynical attempt by MLB to drum up support and make more money. Me no likey. I like the idea of the home run derby, but I think MLB could do a better job of executing it.

      I’m ornery because the Rays are on an amazing streak and this stupid bleeping exhibition game “BUT THIS TIME IT COUNTS”, (except Leyland will mismanage the AL so they’ll lose) is going to mess everything up. Dang it.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        I wrote a pome for you.

        Roses of Red
        Trucks got torque
        Come sit in my lap
        And have some pork

        /stares

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        You’ve been on fire lately, baby. Keep up hitting those bombs and I might pay ya a visit.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        /flop sweat

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Chris Davis is very good. It is a mistake to pitch him low and away. He will park the ball in the opposite field stands.

    • quintjs - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      From what I have seen, I think it is just a mistake to pitch to him.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM

      RHP’s should be intentionally walking him every time. In fact, that might not be safe enough, if one doesn’t get far enough outside he might park that too. Better to roll the ball up there.

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        They should just nod and say, “Take the base.”

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        I’m still not sute if he can Crush an eephus ball – I might try that.

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        I was watching Dickey on my iPad MLB app one day, and the app’s pitch trax reported a pitch as an “eephus.” I thought that was pretty cool.

        Crush call kill anything. I still have PTSD from what he did to the Rays first 3 games of the season. .636/.692/1.727. OPS 2.419.
        Shudder. Mommy.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        That is a seriously impressive series.

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        Crush CAN kill. Stupid autofill.

  7. therealtrenches - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    “…not in any real sense.”

    Hmmm…since when is home field advantage not real?

    • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Because… 1st two games are at home… next 3 are away. So for the first 5 games, home field advantage is had by the team that should not have it. By that time, the series could be decided. Make sense?

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Plus, the only time home field really comes into play is if you have a 7th game, and home field advantage on average only represents a small advantage for most teams, which is no where near as important as the identity of the game 7 starters.

      • therealtrenches - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        Yes, I get that. But the problem you’re pointing out is not with the All-Star game’s determination of who gets home field, it’s with the 2-3-2 format.

        Besides, that format worked in the Cardinals’ favor in 2011, when they came home for the last two games, they were down 2-3 and took the last two at home. Those were emotional games and playing at home was a huge factor.

        Also, when you factor in that Prince Fielder basically awarded the Cardinals home-field by hitting the three-run blast that won the National League all-star game, there’s a nice narrative embedded into the Cardinals’ WS victory: they were helped to a WS win by the best player on the team they had to beat in the NLCS to get there. And that’s the kind of irony / baseball lore that has been a part of the game forever.

      • indaburg - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Trenches, don’t even get me started on how stupid it is to have the ASG determine home field advantage in the first place…

      • umrguy42 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Trenches, I gotta give you that one. Games 6 and 7 at home (particularly 6, if for no other reason than giving the Cards the chance to come back in the extras) probably gave that little extra boost. I think, with the way the Cards won in 6, 7 might not have mattered at home vs on the road, but then again – 6 wouldn’t have been quite so awesome and momentum-generating/Ranger-morale-smashing/pick your cliche if it had been on the road for the Cards, so, grain of salt there.

        Now, 2006, on the other hand – NOT having home field was kind of cool, because it meant that when the Cards won 4-1, they took the series at home in the brand new ballpark.

      • sirrealrainman - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Trenches, I agree.

        I think it was the same for the 2002 Angels – “emotional games and playing at home was a huge factor”.
        I don’t think the Angels win that series without home field.

        Home field was luck there, because home field still alternated.
        I’d rather have some drama in an all star game than alternating years.

  8. heyblueyoustink - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    So, if Ben Revere sucked so bad according to some people ’round here, there’s no need to replace him in the short term because the Phillies will maintain their torrid pace.

    • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Exactly. He was highly likely to revert back to his previous state (unless you want to believe he is a previously unknown beast, a natural .400 BABIP hitter) he displayed during the first two years of his career.

      Just because SSS production isn’t sustainable doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it…but it does mean you shouldn’t expect it to continue indefinitely.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        I am with you all the way on league loyalty Paper.
        I don’t care who it is…what game I am watching… etc…
        I am not “bileagueial.” As Inda’ put it.
        Hell…I even trolled her a week or so ago with a “Go NL” post.
        Got no rise out of her whatsoever.
        I do appreciate her “bileagueialness.” It just isn’t me.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Agreed. I even root for other NL Central teams when they are playing the AL. I honestly don’t know why. Maybe it was just the NL vs. AL thing when I was growing up. I don’t hate the AL at all, I enjoy watching “lumbering hitter ball”, I just root for the NL in any interleague competition….I guess it is like rooting for teams in your conference in bowl games…you hate those guys all year, but you want them to represent the conference well.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        Yep…you want the division/conference/league to do well.
        Except…as a Michigan Football fan I find it really hard to root for that team from Ohio.
        And as an IU basketball fan…it is impossible for me to root for Purdue in the tournament.
        That is…
        The 1 out of every 10 years or so the Boilers actually make the NCAA tournament. 8)

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

        Wait….you live IN Ohio, root against OSU (and worse, for UM), and you are still alive?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Central Indiana. My Father is from Michigan…spent his adolescent years in Missouri and moved to Indiana just prior to leaving Middle School.
        Hence the Cardinals, Wolverines, Hoosiers affiliations.
        He did a great job of brainwashing me.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Derp. That’s right, I knew that…for some reason, in my mind, I often fuse Indiana and Ohio into one unit (I’m sure that pisses off people from both places)…probably because any time I have driven through them I have driven through both…to me, there were always just the space between the east (which feels like it starts in PA) and where I grew up (IL).

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Hahaha! I can appreciate that. I look at Southern Illinois as part of Missouri.
        It’s such a short distance between Indiana and Missouri you spend very little time in Illinois. Plus…if you aren’t going 75 in Illinois you are getting ran over.

      • paperlions - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        I completely agree, whoever drew those state boundaries completely ignored geographic “feel”.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        I’ll have you know, I will even root for the Yanks when league allegiance requires it.

  9. umrguy42 - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    “Why don’t they play the All-Star Game with only 25 guys on a team and let the rest of the league play regular games with each team a player or two shorthanded at most? ”

    Because the other side of the AS break coin is giving the teams’ other players a nice little vacation / rest, so they come back theoretically recharged enough to finish out the season?

    “Correction about the Nats and their expectations ruining their first half. The Angels have ‘em beat by a mile in this regard.”

    Outside of Angels fans and ownership, after last year’s performance, did many people *really* have that great expectations for the Angels?

  10. raysfan1 - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Yes, the Rays have been hot, but a few days of rest for Longoria and Price, and a bit more recuperation time for Cobb does not come amiss. I think they stay hot after the break.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The Cardinals had 21 hits. Left something like 15 guys on base.
    Yet…they were 8 – 16 w/ RISP. Seems really odd.
    You leave 15 guys on base and still go 8 – 16 w/ RISP?

  12. koufaxmitzvah - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Dodgers being at .500 and in 2nd place can only happen with improved performance against others in the NL West. From 9-23 in division to 21-25 in 2 weeks. Definitely not where we want the Boys in Blue to be from the perspective of Spring Training, but after dealing with April and May, there is nothing but optimism in the Dodgers air.

  13. APBA Guy - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Good game to end a good series yesterday. The Boston starter, Workman, had great tilt on his fastball coming from his Jim Palmer-like overhand delivery. This baffled the A’s until the 7th, and fortunately Bartolo had only surrendered two in his 6.1 innings.

    Ray and Glen were still making far too much of Donaldson not making the ASG. After having a few bad games (disappointment or random?) he played well again yesterday.

    The upside of having only 1 ASG rep is that the A’s can use the rest. While they are playing in trademark loose style, it’s wearing being in an end-to-end playoff race, and with 13 games left against the Angels in the second half, it’s likely that there will be an increased proportion of tough games.

    Personally, I stopped caring about the ASG in the 70’s, after the Bench/Reggie home run show in Detroit. Hard to top that. The downside is no EPL either. But a few years ago I discovered the Tour de France. As a race the tactics are often inscrutable, the reporting is non-existent (“why do they do what they do”-Richard Jeni) but the scenery is breathtaking. When I grow up I want to spend a month in the South of France in Summer.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      With you on the Tour APBA. I follow it as best I can (lack of reporting notwithstanding).

    • moogro - Jul 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Love the write-ups. Agreed on the Tour coverage. Although the POV motorcycle cams are now ubiquitous and amazing, NBC used to do a much better job doing historical background stories on each stage (like the Olympics) along with better in-race strategy discussions (especially the breakaways) from the overhead camera perspective. But it is like Golf coverage: beautiful, slow, all-day TV with moments of real excitement.

  14. spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    No Baseball until Friday. Bummer.

  15. spudchukar - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    There is an interesting development arising in the NL wild card race. Everyday it is becoming more likely that both wild card teams will emerge from the NL Central. Currently Cincinnati sits 10 games in front of their next closest rival. And while collapses do occur the chances are pretty slim.

    So the following scenario, if I understand the rules correctly, is developing, and perhaps it isn’t the fairest approach. As it stands currently the 2nd and 3rd teams with the best records will face off in a one-game play-off to determine who will play the team with the best record in a 5 game series to decide who plays the winner of the 4th and 5th best records to decide who will represent the league in the World Series.

    Perhaps it would be a better recipe, and send forward the best team, if the teams were seeded by records, particularly because the 3 teams with the best record come from the same division, which means they have recorded their record against superior teams then the other two division champs.

  16. indianbob - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I’m not writing off the Giants yet because at the all- star breaks in 2010 they were in 4th place, and 2nd place in 2012, and they won both world series!

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