Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Major League Baseball Weekly Stance

Major League Baseball week in review 8/15/11 - 8/21/11.

American League East
  • Baltimore Orioles - Pathetic week (1-5) adds to atrocious season

  • Boston Red Sox - Hobbled but not broken

  • New York Yankees - Curtis Granderson adds inside the park homer to MVP resume

  • Tampa Bay Rays - Nice week (4-1), would lead AL Central, third in East

  • Toronto Blue Jays - Jose Bautista's numbers dwindling since break, so should MVP talk

American League Central
  • Chicago White Sox - Maintain .500, 5 back of Tigers, Alex Rios shows signs of life Sunday

  • Cleveland Indians - Rough weekend vs. Detroit

  • Detroit Tigers - Austin Jackson snuffs out runner at plate and possibly Indians' title hopes

  • Kansas City Royals - Extend Jeff Francoeur for two years/$13.5 million

  • Minnesota Twins - Jim Thome's 600th home run highlight of week...and season

American League West
  • Los Angeles Angels - 5 year/$85 million extension for Jered Weaver is an absolute steal

  • Oakland Athletics - Josh Willingham, 3 more HR, slugging pct. at .607 since break

  • Seattle Mariners - Win one, lose 5, on pace for 93 losses

  • Texas Rangers - Take 3 of 4 from Angels, lose 2 of 3 to ChiSox and West lead is sits at 4

National League East
  • Atlanta Braves - Running away with NL Wild Card, very favorable schedule rest of way

  • Florida Marlins - McKeon says he's "...embarrassed..." after 1-6 road trip. What did he expect?

  • New York Mets - This is one boring team without Jose Reyes...

  • Philadelphia Phillies - Bullpen beat up, Ryan Madson receives two straight days off

  • Washington Nationals - Solid week (4-2), Drew Storen with 3 more saves (34 for season)

National League Central
  • Chicago Cubs - With Hendry gone and the season lost, attention turns to replacing GM

  • Cincinnati Reds - Joey Votto = .400, 3HR, 8 RBI; season OPS sits at .972

  • Houston Astros - Team loaded with rookies wins 4 of 6

  • Milwaukee Brewers - Impressive in all facets of game, 6-1 record extends Central lead

  • Pittsburgh Pirates - Jose Tabata given extension along with 3 club options (through '19)

  • St. Louis Cardinals - May be completely out of division race now, wildcard unlikely too

National League West
  • Arizona Diamondbacks - Awful time for a losing streak, 1-6 week allows Giants to hang

  • Colorado Rockies - Win 4 of 6, hot streak could push them into contention, time is short

  • Los Angeles Dodgers - Ethier now annual free fall continues, .100, 0 HR, 0 RBI

  • San Diego Padres - Another team littered with youth and a positive week (5-2)

  • San Francisco Giants - Fail to take advantage of D'Backs losing streak, lose 5 of 7

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