Amazing. Sox lose two to the Tigers (could have easily been swept), with the Yanks playing the D-Rays, and yet lose no ground. Man, I never thought 1st place -- with a 4 1/2 game lead -- would feel so stressful. Still, both the Sox and the Yanks seem to be in serious trouble, pretty much always, and yet somehow both keep rolling along.
Remlinger continues to be on fire, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless (!) innings, bringing his Sox ERA down to 20.25.
White Sox have lost five in a row, and no longer have the Best Record in Baseball. Red Sox are somehow only 5 games behind them in overall record. Pretty interesting.
Royals are only 3 losses from the AL record of 21 in a row (88 Orioles). Problem is, they now face the A's. Then the Red Sox. Then the Yankees. Then the Twins. Then the Rangers. Then the White Sox. Wow.
A couple weeks ago in my fantasy league I traded away David Ortiz. So you have me to thank for his latest tear (OPS of 1.319 in August).
Recent article in the NYT about the lower HR totals this year (6-8% lower than 2004). Remember all those players' apologists saying back in May it was the cold weather? Yeah, um, this is turning out to be one of the hottest summers on record. So what do they have to say now? It's also worth noting that ESPN used to have a HR tracker (comparing 2005 to 2004 and 2003) on their main page -- it's gone now. Were they strongarmed by MLB?
Finally: I think I've figured out the problem with SportsCenter. Not enough Terrell Owens coverage.