MLB All-Star Break – BaseballWednesday, July 13, 2011 21:09
The best and worst from the first half of the 2011 MLB season.
MLB All-Star Break Winners and Losers
Since we have arrived at the spiritual mid-point of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, AKA the All-Star Break (the actual halfway point of games has already past), let us reflect on the baseball season to date:
- Most Pleasant Surprise: Easily the Pittsburgh Pirates, sitting at 47-43, one game back of both the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Considering that the Buccos have not had a winning season since 1992, when they won the NL East, I sincerely hope they keep it up for the rest of the season. Runner Up: The Cleveland Indians who, although they have fallen back to earth somewhat from their hot start, are only a half game behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
- Biggest Disappointments: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are simply disappointing, after being one of the strongest, most consistent small market teams for years. As for the Dodgers…they may have not had high expectations coming into the season, but the disaster that is the Frank McCourt ownership has destroyed this franchise.
- We Knew That Coming In:The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies were the popular choices coming into the season to win the American League and National League, respectively. At the All-Star Break, the Red Sox have the best record in the AL and the Phillies the best in the NL–despite the fact that the Sox had the worst start of any team to begin the year.
- The trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Boston has been trying to deal for Gonzalez for year and finally got its man. Sox brass were right–he is a perfect fit for Fenway, leading the league with a .354 batting average and 77 RBIS.
- Congratulations!: To Derek Jeter for joining the 3000 Hit Club, and for doing so in grand fashion with a home run. It is hard to believe that, with all the great players the Yankees have had over the years and the unparalleled success of the franchise, that Jeter is the first Yankee to collect 3000 hits with the club. Also congrats to Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander for their no-hitters.
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