Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox
It really wasn’t even close, but the defending champion Astros showed why they should still be considered the favorites with their sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series.
As with past deadline deals these will be highly scrutinized for many years. Instantly we see and decide who got the better end of the deal, but we really won’t know until at least two or three seasons down the road. The only way to know in real time is if the team getting the established major leaguer goes on to win a World Series. Time will tell if that happens this year with the flurry of names (a few marquee ones) being dealt this July.
For the 88th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Nationals Park in Washington D.C. This will be the first MLB All-Star game played at Nationals Park and the first in the nation’s capital since 1969 at RFK Stadium, the home of the then Washington Senators. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 32 players for each league.
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves
BAA – Batting Average Against
WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched
K – Strikeouts
Stats are accurate as of July 13
* – asterisk indicates starter
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Chicago Cubs
A few tweaks to the pitching staff has the ‘lovable losers’ looking to get back to the Fall Classic.
2. St. Louis Cardinals
A busy offseason for the Redbirds with a lot of expectations to get back to playing in October.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
They were the surprise in the Central last year, but they won’t be able to sneak up on anyone this year.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
The face of the franchise was traded. Now they need to enact their plan to remain competitive for the next crop.
5. Cincinnati Reds
Their pitching staff is still a work in progress, but the future is looking a lot better.