Reporting Mark Zinno
The weather is getting warmer and so are teams throughout the bigs! You’re starting to see some distance by the division leaders. Here is this week’s 6-4-3.
- Rangers – giving up the fewest runs in the AL and getting stronger each day. Already 6 games in the AL West.
- Cardinals – best pitching staff in the NL. The question throughout the summer is can they slow down the Reds offense that will be right on their tail.
- Yankees – Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay have filled in amazingly for Granderson, Teixiera and Jeter.
- Giants – In case you haven’t noticed, Matt Cain isn’t even pitching that well. He’s just 2-2 with an 5.04 ERA.
- Orioles – They are clearly for real. The idea that last year was a fluke is gone. Now they just have to overtake the AL East.
- Red Sox – Slipping a little bit, but still pitching well and their line-up is very underrated.
- Since coming off the DL, David Ortiz has 25 hits in 19 games and an OPS of .984. At 37, he’s still pretty good!
- Time for my Matt Harvey “swoon stat” … his last 4 starts – 27.1 IP, 17H, 6 ER, 30K, 5 BB, 1.98 ERA … 4 no-decisions.
- After a 1-5 game on April 10th against Boston, Manny Machado’s average was .200. A little over a month later, he’s batting .331 including .396 in the month of May.
- Punchless offenses like the Astros, Twins, and Pirates all have scored more runs than the Angels (152) with names like Pujols, Hamilton, Trout and Trumbo.
- Astros – Almost climbed out of the cellar in their series with the Angels, but it’s secure once again.
- Marlins – How long before the trade Giancarlo Stanton?
- Angels – expectations are part of the reason they are here. Money can’t buy everything.
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