|Astros team of unkowns playing spoiler |
in more ways than one
Atlanta Braves: Still on course to secure the top wild card spot in the National League. After being swept by Milwaukee, the Braves turned around and opened last weekend by sweeping the Nationals in three & then took two of three from Miami. That's what you call "statement baseball"; letting the rest of the league know they want no part of being in this madness. They're at 86 wins currently and probably need only a handful more to seal this up.
|Carpenter and his shoulder|
More good news in St. Louis: Chris Carpenter returns from shoulder surgery today vs. the Cubs.
|Brew Crew coming together|
at the right time
Surprising stat: The Brewers hit a total of 185 HR in 2011 with Prince Fielder in the lineup. They've hit 186 in 2012 through last night's games.
|Dodgers are hurting down the |
stretch in September
Just when you thought it couldn't get worse: the Dodgers will be without reigning 2011 Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, indefinitely--and possibly for the season--but this news is encouraging.
|This about sums it up in Houston|
for Charlie Manuel's Phillies
Steady as he goes: For a 1 year $800,000 contract, Juan Pierre has made this one of the biggest bargain free agent acquisitions of last year's off-season. Although he almost did not make the team in Spring Training, Pierre has played in 122 games, has a .318 avg .360 OBP and 35 SB while providing to be an excellent mentor to young outfilders John Mayberry Jr. & Domonic Brown.
|Surprised? Not really...|
Pittsburgh Pirates: They are 2-11 in their last 13 games and quite frankly, the Pirates have officially walked the plank. After being swept by the Reds last week, the Pirates entered the weekend with a grand opportunity facing the lowly Chicago Cubs, but could only manage a split with each team taking two games. It should be noted that it was dangerously close to only one win for Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field. While they did fight back to take the lead late in yesterday's game hosting Milwaukee, the Pirates continued their freefall after being swept by the Brewers for the second time in less than a month. Overall, in the last month, the Pirates posted a 1-8 record against Milwaukee. The only good news for Pittsburgh is their immediate upcoming schedule does give them a sliver of hope, but we all saw how they handled the Cubs & Astros earlier this month by posting a 4-6 record against the two cellar-dwellers. Strangely enough, even if the Pirates end up posting their first +.500 record since 1992, this season will have to feel like a lost opportunity.
Buried treasure: Andrew McCutchen will probably finish in the top 3 in the NL MVP voting, but you have to wonder where he'd be if the rest of his team didn't stumble in September. If the Pirates don't improve next year, how many more seasons until he wants to be on a winner?
No forecast this week, you all should be watching the games anyway. Next post on Sunday!