Before the rainbow, there must be rain. And it’s raining right now on Chicago baseball.
Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates are enjoying quality seasons midway through this year. With each team presenting a legitimate threat to make the playoffs in their respective leagues, the question is, which is most likely to achieve that goal?
Mariano Rivera reported for work an inning early, and walked off to a fitting tribute.
The All-Star game used to be can’t-miss television.
With the two leagues set to square off in their annual exhibition featuring its greatest stars on July 16, all eyes will be on Citi Field. With home field advantage during the World Series on the line, the question very simply put is, can the National League maintain its grip on the contest for the fourth straight year?
Enough of this two leagues with different rules nonsense.
Take a look at the American League standings. There’s something very wrong going on.
Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning Tuesday night, and the National League romped to an 8-0 win over the American League and its third straight All-Star game victory.
While interleague games don’t have the novelty aspect they once did, the competition between the two leagues still has a lot of significance.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday that Cubs manager Mike Quade will replace Jim Riggleman on his National League All-Star coaching staff.
On Tuesday night, Adam Dunn went 0-for-4 (with two strikeouts). On Monday night, he went 0-for-4 (with three strikeouts). And on Sunday afternoon, he was 0-for-3 (with two more strikeouts).
The Cubs might not be able to make any big splashes in the free agent market this off-season, but they’re expected to make a few minor moves.