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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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