- The Detroit Tigers are really good.
The Detroit Tigers went into Fenway Park and swept the Boston Red Sox outscoring them 13-3 in the 3-game series. The Tigers starters were outstanding and their new and improved bullpen was able to go 8 scoreless innings in the series. Their lineup lead by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez was able to defeat Jon Lester and John Lackey. The Tigers definitely made a statement this weekend as they improved to a season best 15 games over .500.
- The A’s have the best lineup in baseball.
The Oakland Athletics went into Cleveland for a 3-game series and left with a sweep as they outscored the Indians 30-6. The number one scoring offense in the American League now has 5 players with at least 20 Runs Batted In and have won 9 of their last 10 games.
- Rick Porcello is the most underrated pitcher in baseball.
Porcello had another excellent outing on Saturday against Boston as he went 8 innings while only giving up 1 run as he picked up his 7th win on the season. He joins the Dodgers Zach Greinke and Toronto’s Mark Buehrle as baseball’s only three 7 game winners. The 25 year-old is already in his 6th full season in the big leagues and may be putting everything together as he has a 2.91 earned run average, the lowest of his career.
- Trouble in the Cardinals Bullpen
Last season, the St. Louis Cardinals brought up a plethora of young, power arms into their bullpen and they were brilliant in September and throughout the postseason. The bullpen has not had the same success this season as they rank 20th in bullpen ERA and have a 2-7 record. Sunday Trevor Rosenthal blew the save and Carlos Martinez gave up the go-a-head run on a wild pitch. The Cardinals have not hit their stride yet and the bullpen is one reason why.
- David Price isn’t helping the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays decided to hold onto the 2012 CY award winner but things have not panned out as they were expecting. Price continued to struggle on Sunday as he gave up 5 runs in 6.2 innings. On the season, he is just 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA and his trade stock has to be dropping. The Rays are 7 games under .500 and with each loss; the thought of trading Price becomes more of a necessity. He is under contract one more season and time to trade him is before the trade deadline or hold onto him. The problem with Price is he is nowhere near the pitcher he was in 2012 and the Rays may not get the type of package of players they want with how Price is performing this season.