The O's had McLouth hitting third the other night, is that a regular thing? Seemed odd to me.
Not sure how legit TB is, but the Saturday night comeback game was huge for both those teams, I think. Being an Angels fan this year must be so frustrating, at least with Boston everyone is pretty much sucking together (even Buchholz was dreadful for a long stretch), but the Angels have the love child of Mickey Mantle and Rickey Henderson leading off every night, Weaver another Cy Young contending season, CJ Wilson/Greinke/Haren behind him, and are somehow still are only 62-60. Five games out in the loss column in the wild card now with 40 left.
Nice win for NY, Kuroda is going to make big money if he wants this offseason if he keeps this up. 3/50? I don't think the $189M for 2014 goal is going to realistically survive this offseason, I will bump that thread sometime.
McLouth was acquired from Pit, has played since the start of August, started out strong, but has fallen back to earth very quickly since then, especially in the slugging department. Baltimore doesn't have a crazy deep lineup, but they can do better than him. Still, lots of head scratching lineup cards in the AL East this year.
The Angels big dilemma is that the West is a rough dogfight of a division this year, with the A's just not going away. Only the Central has a weak underbelly of teams that a wildcard hunting team can feast on (and are the only WC teams that have a sub 500 rest of the way.)
Agreed on the $189 for 2014 commentary. I think a lot depends on what they get from Pineda. Based on track records, Cashman will probably find one reclamation project for the rotation that can pan out, but asking for more than that is tempting fate. Hughes is pitching his way out of the concept of a big contract from NY. Also what will Pettitte do? Can he get back? Will he try again next year? Be good? How cheap? If Cashman can "solve" the rotation without breaking the bank, he has a decent chance at the cap goal, if not they probably give in on that goal.