Newsletter for games through 6-27-18

COMMENTARY

In the NL, the Dodgers and Reds were each 5-1, with the NL East going a collective 18-12, and all 5 teams are now in positive WOR territory…Atlanta inched forward while the Brewers made some decent ground, but the Dodgers picked up 4 games in the west in one week to make it a serious race…Puig and Bellinger each had solid weeks, as might be expected, but Muncy added some more unexpected punch with 3 HR while hitting .333…Despite that mammoth week out o Los Angeles the Padres still set the pace for the NL WOR at +5…Miami checked in at 4-2 and is now +1 WOR…Deitrich and his .571 batting average on the week probably accounted for much of that…Cleveland got serious in the AL by picking up 4.5 games to lead the AL central by 4 and, much like the actual club, post the only winning record in the division…Bauer, Kluber, and Clevinger allowed 1 run in 35.33 innings last week…the Chisox are 6.5 back but are the only serious threat to the Orioles in the WOR standings at +8…Bosox gain a toehold in the east…the Astros pick up a game to force the AL west into a dead tie…Kinsler, Trout, and Upton all hit. 348 or better…Trout had the lowest average of the three on the week but the most walks…Gurriel of Houston hit .480 and also robbed 4 hits last week…the trade acquisition Nelson Cruz hit .333 for the Rays last week…Cam Bedrosian — whom I had predicted earlier this season would be out of the majors by the start of 2019 — threw 8 scoreless innings for the Halos and stranded all 6 inherited runners…Dylan Bundy, chastised in this space earlier this season for allowing 4 homers in a single inning, threw a complete game shutout this week..

FEATS AND FAILURES

STL and PHI played 14.5 innings on 6/18/2018
Shane Bieber of CLE had 14 strikeouts against CWS on 6/18/2018
Justin Verlander of HOU had 12 strikeouts against TBR on 6/18/2018
Denard Span of TBR struck out 4 times against HOU on 6/18/2018
Nomar Mazara of TEX had 6 RBI against KCR on 6/18/2018
Brett Gardner of COL had 5 hits against NYM on 6/18/2018
Justin Bour of MIA struck out 4 times against SFG on 6/18/2018
MIA and SFG played 15.5 innings on 6/18/2018
Max Scherzer of WAS had 13 strikeouts against BAL on 6/19/2018
Sean Newcomb of ATL had 13 strikeouts against TOR on 6/19/2018
Albert Almora of CHC struck out 4 times against LAD on 6/19/2018
Derek Dietrich of MIA had 5 hits against SFG on 6/20/2018
J.T. Realmuto of MIA had 6 hits against SFG on 6/20/2018
Tyler Austin of NYY struck out 4 times against SEA on 6/21/2018
Addison Russell of CHC struck out 4 times against CIN on 6/21/2018
Trevor Bauer of CLE had 12 strikeouts against DET on 6/22/2018
Alex Wood of LAD had 10 strikeouts against NYM on 6/22/2018
Yasiel Puig of LAD had 5 hits against NYM on 6/22/2018
Josh Rogers of NYY had 11 strikeouts against TBR on 6/22/2018
Nelson Cruz of TBR struck out 4 times against NYY on 6/22/2018
Yuli Gurriel of HOU robbed 3 hits against KCR on 6/22/2018
Matt Carpenter of STL struck out 4 times against MIL on 6/22/2018
Jabari Blash of LAA struck out 4 times against TOR on 6/22/2018
Didi Gregorius of NYY robbed 3 hits against TBR on 6/23/2018
Yangervis Solarte of TOR had 6 RBI against LAA on 6/23/2018
Chris Taylor of LAD struck out 4 times against NYM on 6/24/2018
LAD and NYM played 13.5 innings on 6/24/2018
Charlie Morton of HOU had 11 strikeouts against KCR on 6/24/2018

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