Around the League: Group Therapy in the AL Central

Around the League: Group Therapy in the AL Central

The AL Central might be the craziest division in the game this year.  As recently as last Thursday, the Kansas City Royals had ridden a hot streak into first place in the AL Central.  Since then, Detroit has gone on a 7 game winning streak of their own, snapped last night by the Astros.  Yes, the Astros. The winning streak opened up a 3.5 game lead over the Royals.

The insanity is clearly getting to the beat writers who are offering some unique takes on the situation:

  • You know things are going good for the Tigers when a reporter claims that Joba Chamberlain bringing out the lineup cards on Thursday, June 19th, turned their luck around.
  • On the other hand, you know things are getting bad for the Royals when one of their beat reporters writes a piece entitled, "Seriously, Royals fans, it's not that bad."
  • Meanwhile the Twins -- who are essentially out of it -- are turning their beat reporters into self-help gurus, claiming the Twins "must leave old selves behind."  I thought the problem was their pitchers were leaving their control behind.

Bringing up the rear are the White Sox who have lost 44 games.  The good news for the south siders is that unlike that other Chicago team they are rebuilding the right way.  The Cubs, who are just throwing away seasons, have lost 44 games.

Monday

  • Bad News for the Cardinals: Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia are both headed to the DL with a shoulder injury.  Garcia was 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA after undergoing shoulder surgery last year.  Wacha, 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA, suffered a stress facture in his pitching shoudler.  There is no timetable for their return.

Tuesday

  • Following the Reds-Pirates play last week, MLB took action to officially clarify the new rules regarding catchers blocking the plate.  They do not apply in a play where there is a force out at home.

Wednesday

  • SS Carlos Correa, a consensus Top 10 prospect, will miss the rest of the year after breaking his fibula legging out a triple.  The 19 year old was on the verge of AA after hitting .325/.416/.510 with 20 SB for the high A Lancaster JetHawks.
  • Tim Lincecum, who has had well publicized struggles the last few years, touched his early career genius today.  He threw a 113-pitch masterpiece for his second career no hitter.  On the down side, it was against the Padres -- who sport a .213 team batting average.  So maybe it gets an asterisk.  Coincidentally, his first no hitter was also against the Padres.

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    I loved how you said:

    "Bringing up the rear are the White Sox who have lost 44 games. The good news for the south siders is that unlike that other Chicago team they are rebuilding the right way. The Cubs, who are just throwing away seasons, have lost 44 games."

    It gave me a good chuckle because I love sarcasm. Didn't the White Sox also lose more games than the Cubs last season as well? I see that most casual baseball fans in Chicago are still watching that 2005 World Series video on VHS tape. It must give them a warm and fuzzy feeling in spite of how bad their team really is.

    I love what Rick Hahn did last winter. I really do. But he has a whole lotta work to still do and I'll take the Cubs future over the White Sox or any other team in all of baseball for that matter....

    Have a great weekend guys!

  • The White Sox are just one of 28 other teams downstate, but the Cardinals, now that's a different issue.

  • Wacha has a major shoulder injury. Likely lost for the year. Everyone is about to see how good the Cards minor league pitchers really are.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    That's unfortunate. It could be a career ending or career altering injury. Prior?

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    In reply to mutant beast:

    The severity of Wacha's injury has not yet been determined.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Too bad for Wacha - even though he plays for the Cards - don't wish that kind of misfortune on anybody.

    Cards just got a bit more beatable though.

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