A few weeks ago, the Texas Rangers had their eyes on 2016. Yes, the Rangers traded for Cole Hamels, but that was more to provide next year's rotation with a left-handed ace that they could pair with the returning Yu Darvish. No one, including Texas themselves, really believed they were going to compete for a playoff spot, even though they were five games behind the second wild card team at the time of the trade.
Martin Perez has had an outstanding month, with a 2.84 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched, and Yovani Gallardo (who completely handcuffed Toronto last night) has a 2.45 ERA and in his previous four starts in August. Colby Lewis has posted a 3.67 ERA in four starts,
And the bullpen has improved, also. Their 3.25 ERA is seventh-best in the AL. Closer Shawn Tolleson has a 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings this month with seven saves, Sam Dyson's ERA is 2.13 in 12 2/3 IP, and Jake Diekman, who was the little talked-about throw-in in the Hamels deal, has been outstanding since arriving in Texas, with a 2.53 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
And if Hamels, Fielder and Hamilton are able to heat up over the last five weeks, the Rangers could even catch the Astros and win the American League West.
Kansas City Royals: 32-19 (.627)
Detroit Tigers: 30-20 (.600)
Los Angeles Dodgers: 29-20 (The S.F. Giants are 9-3 with a plus-8 run differential against the Dodgers this season.)
St. Louis Cardinals: 32-18 (.640)
New York Mets: 30-17 (.638)
Cleveland Indians: 18-31 (.367)
Texas Rangers: 18-28 (.391)
Chicago White Sox: 20-31 (.392)
Miami Marlins: 16-28 (.364)
Colorado Rockies: 18-31 (.367)
Top OVER records following one day of rest
Houston Astros: 7-3-1 (.700)
Pittsburgh Pirates: 9-4-1 (.692)
New York Yankees: 9-4 (.692)
Atlanta Braves: 8-4 (.667)
Los Angeles Angels: 8-4-1 (.667)
Top UNDER records following one day of rest
Washington Nationals: 9-3 (.750)
New York Mets: 8-3 (.727)
Arizona Diamondbacks: 8-3-1 (.727)
Philadelphia Phillies: 8-3-1 (.727)
St. Louis Cardinals: 7-3-2 (.700)
Best Road Faves
Detroit Tigers: 10-3 (.769)
Chicago Cubs: 21-8 (.724)
St. Louis Cardinals: 20-11 (.645)
Oakland A’s: 13-8 (.619)
New York Mets: 11-7 (.611)
Worst Road Faves
Arizona Diamondbacks: 1-9 (.100)
Houston Astros: 7-14 (.333)
Miami Marlins: 4-8 (.333)
Boston Red Sox: 6-11 (.353)
Baltimore Orioles: 7-9 (.438)
Finally, I’ll leave you with a trend that is 100 percent worth monitoring for the rest of the 2015 MLB season: Best MLB team in the role of Home Underdog
San Francisco Giants: 11-3 (.786)
There’s no place like home. On Tuesday, for the first time in the history of Major League Baseball, all 15 home teams won their games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the previous record for home teams on a single day was 12-0, set more than one hundred years ago on May 23, 1914. The 15-0 mark wasn’t possible before MLB expanded to 30 teams in 1998.
I’ll assume another type of history was made in the NFL on Tuesday. Geno Smith, the starting QB for the New York Jets, will now miss at least six weeks, due to a broken jaw. His jaw was broken in the locker room by a sucker punch delivered by a supposedly irate teammate (now ex-teammate!) That’s a historical first far as I have heard.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is now the Jets starting QB to open the season. Fitzpatrick is the active leader among all NFL QB’s in games started without ever starting a playoff game. That number is 89 and it really does illustrate the talent Fitzpatrick brings to the QB position: strictly a veteran backup,
Are the Jets cursed? Jets #1 fan and top NFL handicapper, The Mailman, seems to think so and I tend to agree, having witnessed the infamous Cubs and Indians curses in my lifetime.
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