This weekend, we witnessed a near no-no, we learned that the Dodgers are the best team in baseball, the AL Eastern division race is going to be one to follow all summer, and we found out who this years All-Stars are.
To start, on Friday night in Oakland, Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves took a no hitter into the 9th inning. After a long top of the 9th, it was clear Foltynewicz groove was off as he gave up a solo home run to rookie Matt Olson to start the 9th inning. Nevertheless, what he did was special and it always is when a guy can go 8+ innings without giving up a hit, I mean they are facing the best hitters in the world. The Braves would go on to win the game and Foltynewicz picked up a well deserved win.
I think it is clear how legit the Dodgers are. They are rolling on all cylinders now and are hitting the crap out of the ball. Kershaw is also being Kershaw who picked up his 12th win and Rich Hill put on a pitching display Saturday night. He struck out 11 over 7 innings and made hitters look paralyzed. The Dodgers are a full on wrecking crew right now and are hoping that the All-Star break will not ruin that.
The Yankees comfortable AL East lead is now over and better yet taken over by the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are one of the hottest teams in baseball. With ace Chris Sale and superstar Mookie Betts, who plated 8 RBIs on Sunday, the Red Sox are sure to be a threat come October. Altough the Yankees are now 2.5 games back in the East, they are not looking to go anywhere this summer. They need to figure out a few corks in their system but if that can be accomplished, this is sure to be a pennant race to remember.
Selection Sunday is finally here as the boys of summer are ready to take their talents to South Beach. Stars like Bryce Harper and Francisco Lindor are ready to put their skills where the lights are the brightest. This year their is no inncentive to play in the game as the winning team does not get home field advantage in the World Series, so it will be interesting to see how competitive the game will actually be. It will also be interesting to see who wins the Final Vote. The Final Vote is the last two players to get into the All-Star Game and it is selected by us, the fans. It’s hard to believe that the season is already almost half way over as it seems like just yesterday Opening Day fly overs were taking place.