The Cubs are in their August nose dive and it's getting ugly on the north side. The Cubs are struggling to score runs right now and this past week has highlighted that point. Last weekend they were swept by the Dodgers in four games, the last being a 1-0 loss. Then, this week the Cubs dropped 3-4 at Philadelphia including Thursday's 12-1 beat down. It doesn't help that their RISP stat hasn't improved since last week's post. For example, in Tuesdays loss at Philadelphia, they left the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first. We all knew that these rebuilding years would be rough but sometimes its down right painful. Oh well I'm still going to be a Cubs fan so I'll be sticking it out but expect more posts like this. Also, at least we swept the White Sox and are better than the Brewers.
Moving on to the top of the NL Central. The Pirates and Cardinals are hot right now and fighting for the division lead. Even though the Cards struggled against the Dodgers... everyone is right now. The Reds have the second Wild Card spot +4.5 games over Arizona but I don't see them winning the division. How crazy would it be if three NL Central teams made the playoffs?
Speaking of the Dodgers...wow! A record 15 consecutive road wins? Now that's what I call hot. It's about time they started playing like you would expect out of a team with as large of a payroll as they have.
Staying in the NL West, the Rockies have gone the opposite direction. They have tanked since the all star break after having a great start to the first half. Last nights 10-1 win in Denver over the Pirates was the exception. Granted injuries to a large part of the line up including All Star Carlos Gonzalez haven't helped. Hate to say it but it doesn't look like the Rox are making the playoffs this year.
In the NL East the Braves have found their bats again and have run away with the division. They are on a 14 game win streak and have a 15.5 game lead over the Nationals. The Nats on the other hand have a sub 0.500 record and would need to go on a tear to make a repeat appearance in the playoffs.
Moving on to the American League. Oakland and Texas are in a battle for the lead of the AL West with Texas holding a half game lead. Oakland has the second wild card spot up 1.5 games on Baltimore. Baltimore is in third in the AL East behind Boston and Tampa Bay. Boston and Tampa have been in a battle as of late but currently the Boo Sox have a 2.5 game lead. The Rays hold the top spot in the AL wild card. The injury-riddled Bankees are clinging to an above 0.500 record no thanks to A Roid. Finally, Detroit seems a lock to win the AL Central up over Cleveland and Kansas City but don't count out the Royals or Indians as they are still in the wildcard hunt.
To conclude, check out this quirky play from a minor league game earlier this week. In my opinion both parties are at fault but the ump could have demonstrated little more patience before enforcing a hardly known rule.
There's a little over a month and a half of baseball left and it's bound for another crazy finish so be sure to keep up. I hope you all had a great week and thanks again for reading and making our Birthday Bash special.