Getting swept by the AL West cellar dwellers in Oakland is not the second half start envisioned by the Cleveland Indians. But the offense is still on holiday after being outscored 17-6 over the three-game series.
It’s quite possible that no team needed a break more than the New York Yankees. It must be hard having the spotlight shining so brightly on you all of the time, especially when there are so many young players being counted on to carry the torch.
An intriguing pitching battle awaits as the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals get set to face off Saturday night. These are two teams that figure to be battling each other and about six others for the two wild card spots.
Minnesota Twins starts the second half of their season with a trip to Houston. The Astros are currently holding down the best record in the American League after an incredible first half.
Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are the two most exciting home run hitters in the game. Cody Bellinger hasn’t stopped hitting homers since his late April call-up. Gary Sanchez’ record breaking home run hitting as a rookie last August won’t soon be forgotten.
It’s been all Cleveland Indians so far in the opening two games of this three-game set with Detroit Tigers. The Indians have outscored the Tigers 15-2 and will be looking for the sweep with their best pitcher taking the mound Sunday night.
Cincinnati Reds has some of the best young talent in the Major Leagues, but as can be expected they are going through the growing pains of a full 162 game season. They started the season with a bang and were 29-30 as recently as June 8th.
First place appears to agree with Milwaukee Brewers well, thank you very much. This is a team that not many had pegged for the top of the standings when the season began, but they’ve been hanging out at or near the top since the second half of May.
Baltimore Orioles has been slumping for weeks and it’s no mystery why that is. Their pitching has been atrocious, the worst in the Majors by a country mile. Their team ERA in the last 30 days -heading into Wednesday’s games- is 6.61. That’s a full 1.22 worse than Detroit who are 14th in the American League.
New York Mets will try to salvage a win and snap a three-game losing streak in their series finale in Washington on Wednesday. They had their four-game winning streak snapped on Sunday at home to Philadelphia before dropping the first two of this series.