Thursday, June 01, 2017 - Updated: 10:53 AMFifty odd games into this MLB season and there are some strange names hovering around or actually in first place in their respective divisions.
The surprising Yankees are 10 games or so over .500 and hold a three game lead in the A.L. East.
The Jays have awoken from their early on slumber and have climbed within a couple of games of .500. The A.L. East will be a dog fight, count on it.
The A.L. Central has one of those odd ball teams sitting in the cat bird’s seat right now in the Minnesota Twins. Don’t look for that to last, Cleveland is too good.
The A.L. West is home to the best team in baseball right now in the Houston Astros and they are running away from the rest of the division. Dallas Keuchel is absolutely ridiculous right now on the mound and Jose Altuve, all five feet five of him, is the best player in baseball not named Mike Trout.
The National League East is home to one of the best teams right now in Washington. They just lost Bryce Harper for a few games for his part in the dust up with Hunter Strickland of San Francisco. I for one applaud Harper for going after Strickland after the 97 MPH fastball smacked Harper in the hip. But I don’t think Harper’s four or five day absence will close the Nats’ 8 1/2 game lead to any significant degree.
The rest of the N.L. East kind of stinks and no one knows what’s going on with the Mets.
The Central also has an oddball leader in Milwaukee. The Brewers currently hold a 1 1/2 game lead over Chicago as the Cubbies have floundered around the .500 mark for most of the year....but they are who they are and I will be shocked if they don’t rev it up at some point in the near future.
The Cards have some issues, and I don’t honestly think they will be a factor. The N.L. West is shaking out finally as the Dodgers have ran down the Rockies and are currently playing some really good baseball. But the Rocks and Arizona still will have something to say, I think.
My Reds are desperately looking for some starting pitchers who can get someone/anyone out. What good is the league’s overall fourth best offense if your pitching is dead last...with a bullet. If you know anyone who can throw the ball over the plate please call Walt Jocketty, the Reds’ G.M. Who knows?