The two team race between the Giants and D-Backs in the NL West is really heating up. Coming into yesterday they were tied for first place, but behind Ryan Vogelsong and an awakened San Francisco offense, the Gigantes managed to salvage a game in the series, and are now alone in first place. Before yesterday. San Fran was on a 5 game skid while Arizona was 8-2 in their last 10 games. Prior to the trade deadline, the Giants made a couple of big moves to get Carlos Beltran and Orlando Cabrera. Since coming to the bay, Beltran has gone 8 for 30 with 2 RBIs in 7 games. It's a deadly back to back punch with Pablo Sandoval in the 3 hole and Beltran batting cleanup. As for Arizona, they are in for a pretty easy home stand vs. the Dodgers, Astros and Mets. This close race is sure to heat up in the dog days of August.
With everyone thinking that the Pirates had a chance to pull it off and win their division, they just can't seem to rise to the occasion. Pittsburgh has lost 6 straight and 11 of their last 13 games. They are now 7 games out after being tied for the division lead. I just don't see them catching up to a red hot Brewers club who has won 8 of their last 10 games. Unless they can go on a mad rally, this season is out of reach for the Buccos. I'm sure they enjoyed the ride while it lasted.
Last years phenom, Stephen Strasburg. was expected to miss the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he has been working hard and is set to pitch in a Minor League outing on Sunday. This is just the first step in his Minor League assignment, but we could see Strasburg pitching in DC by late August. If he can make a comeback it would be good for the fans, the Nats, and good for baseball.