So What Did I Miss?

I’ve been pretty busy the past few days and have been unable to get a post up here so I’m sorry for all of you readers who have had to wait for another post to come up.  Well, I had some people staying at my house and we’ve been pretty busy.  So that’s that.

When the people who were staying at my house left this morning, the first thing I did was check the MLB.com page to see what’s been going on the past few days.  So here are my headlines.

  • Yanks are still 3 games back of the Red Sox.
  • The Yankees and Phillies both made clutch late performances to come up with wins.
  • Clay Buchholz was phenominal in his return to the Red Sox rotation against the Jays.
  • Roy Oswalt had it going against the Dodgers.
  • Ryan Braun got hit in the hand by Bronson Arroyo and left the game with a sore wrist.

So now that I am all caught up, I thought I’d talk a little about the second half and what is to come in the MLB.  It’s going to be exciting and I can’t wait.  I am pumped for the playoff runs to come, to see who will take the top spots in the divisions around the league, who will get that wild card spot.  It’s going to be great.

Let’s start off with them Yankees.  Of course.  Right now, they are 3 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East.  They’ve been stuck in this position for a while now and I’d like to see it change.  If we could get a few games back from the Red Sox that would be STELLAR.  We got a win last night apparently against the Tigers.  Some late game heroics from Mr. Teixeira gave us the lead and we kept it to take the series opener 5-3.  This is good but Clay Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching kept the Jays at bay and won their game as well.  So the standings stayed the same… again.  It’s great that we’re winning, but we need the Red Sox to lose to get anywhere.

Now, transitioning from the Yankees-Tigers game… Curtis Granderson, the Tigers centerfielder, one of the heroes from the All Star Game, and my favorite player kept his STELLAR play going by going 2-4 with a home run and 2 runs scored.  He has been having a great season so far and I love to see him keep it up.  The Tigers are at the top of the AL Central right now and Granderson has been a big part of their offensive success.  Keep it up man.

Next on my list from inside my head is the Dodgers.  Man, how good are they.  Now, they lose some here and there but so far in the first half of the season, they have racked up the wins and have the best record in baseball.  They do it so quietly too.  It’s weird.  They have the play-makers on their team that are starting to be recognized for what they have done such as Andre Ethier, the O-Dog and Rafael Furcal.  But as a team, they are very quiet and do very well without making a ton of noise.  I think they will continue to play extremely well and will most likely have the best record at the end of the regular season and will have the top spot in the NL West… as usual.  Manny’s return just strengthened a team that had already been thriving without him.

How about that Albert Pujols?  After a disappointing All Star Game, Pujols bursted out with a 2-4 night, including a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.  He was just STELLAR.  His offensive production is the single most important aspect to the Cardinals’ game.  If he is not playing well, the Cardinals are going to struggle.  Now, I don’t see that happening but if it does, that’s how things are going to be.  Pujols is the best player in the MLB and is clearly recognized for it and has a very important role.  He’s fantastic!

That’s all for now, so until next time…

Adios!

-Dillon

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16 comments

  1. raysfanboy

    Alrighty, then. STELLAR is the word of the day. I am going to make 100% sure I work it into my next post! Good word.

    You didn’t mention the Rays! Are you telling me that their game against the powerhouse Royals was not on your radar? (It was mentioned last on Sportscenter this moring, just before the end of the show–sheesh)

    The Yanks keep winning, and the Rays only win when both the Yanks and Sox win. Makes me worried that digging out of this 6 1/2 game hole will be tougher than I thought.
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com

  2. heartruss

    Thanks Dillon. You made my day. The Dodgers have lost two and I am a little down. I sat next to a group of okay guys who got totally drunk and became gross. It ruined my night and I ended up in tears. The ushers wanted to kick them out but I didn’t want to make a scene. Reading your post made me feel better. Keep up your super posts. You are right on the money. 🙂
    http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

  3. juliasrants

    The Red Sox, as the season continues, will only get stronger. Daniel Bard gets more confident with each outing and he showed us last night why he is future of the Red Sox. And with Lowrie’s return today I see us playing late into Soxtober. It will be a great second season.

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  4. santosis

    Agreed with Julia on the Sox–their starting pitching is extremely solid and they have the best bullpen in team history. Clay Buccholz and Justin Masterson would start for just about any team in the league, they have a hard time keeping a spot on the roster for this team, let alone a spot in the rotation.

    I like the Dodgers in the national league (because, well, someone has to go to the WS), but feel that they need to add a solid starter to be clear contenders to win the title.

  5. crazy19canuck

    At the rate that we’re going, the standings won’t move for awhile. It’s kinda weird too, you’d think that at least one team would lose a game so the others could move…just don’t look at us to do the losing! 🙂

    The Dodgers seem unstoppable. With Manny back, and back to being good, they just might continue to be the best in the Majors.
    Ginny
    http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

  6. crzblue2

    Dillon,
    you have not been around but that is one STELLAR return.
    .
    Even with not being able to beat the Red Sox, the Yankees are right there! Hopefully you can beat them in the next round.
    .
    Yes, the Dodgers have been doing it quietly. Is not individual good records that we have but we have it where it counts as a team. If one is down, another is there to pick up the pieces and that is great. Jason Schmidt pitches on Monday. Some of us started calling him Mr. Invisible as he has not pitched for us since…like 24 months. I remember he got beat pretty bad on his last start.
    .
    Thanks Dillon! So good to read you again.
    Emma

    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  7. crzblue2

    Dillon,
    you have not been around but that is one STELLAR return.
    .
    Even with not being able to beat the Red Sox, the Yankees are right there! Hopefully you can beat them in the next round.
    .
    Yes, the Dodgers have been doing it quietly. Is not individual good records that we have but we have it where it counts as a team. If one is down, another is there to pick up the pieces and that is great. Jason Schmidt pitches on Monday. Some of us started calling him Mr. Invisible as he has not pitched for us since…like 24 months. I remember he got beat pretty bad on his last start.
    .
    Thanks Dillon! So good to read you again.
    Emma

    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

  8. chisoxchatter

    Thanks for taking care of the Tigers (on behalf of all White Sox fans!). Too bad my Sox couldn’t take advantage of it today, hope it doesn’t cost them, we’ve got a tough 2nd half ahead of us, including a few series with you guys, should be interesting!

    http://chisoxchatter.mlblogs.com

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