Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Sizzling Central, by Casey Mitchell

What is shaping up to be the best divisional race in baseball is the race in the NL Central with St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinatti, and even the Pirates are in it! All four teams are separated by only four games. With a share of the division lead, the Brewers made a big move on Tuesday to get Francisco Rodriguez from the Mets. This season K-Rod, who is only 29, has 23 saves with a 3.16 ERA. Rodriguez will probably be used as a setup man for the Brew Crew because they already have a very good closer in John Axford. As for the Cardinals, Albert Pujols is batting .300 since coming off the DL and is now hitting .280 with 18 homers and 50 RBIs. They will be tested the next couple of weeks with 5 of their next 6 series' are against division opponents. If you would have told me five months ago that the Pirates would be one game back at the All-Star break, I would have told you that you were going loco! I mean, come on, the Bucs. Really? Their schedule gets pretty tough soon so we'll see if they fade or not. However, they do have the 5th best team ERA in the National League at 3.44. When it's all said and done, i do think that the Red Birds will win the division thanks to the power of Pujols, and the resurgent Lance Berkman. I'm looking forward to following another great second half of baseball.

After Seth Meyers was done cracking jokes about Brian Wilson's beard and how the Heat didn't show up, I found the ESPYS to be a very enjoyable award show. I think Dallas was obviously the best team this year. One result I didn't agree with was Jimmer Fredette winning the Male College Athlete when it was hands down Cam Newton who should have won the award. Other than that I think the voters got it all right.

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