MLB- All-Star Break Ponderings in the AL

Here are a few thoughts regarding the American League as MLB takes its All-Star break.Baltimore Closer? The Orioles Chris Ray has blown four saves, is 4- 6 and has a 5.15 ERA. Will he be the closer much longer?

Runless Sox? In June the Boston Red Sox scored an average of just 4.1 RPG! That’s the club’s second-lowest output for one month since the 2003 season.

The Chicago White Sox hitters have whiffed 86 times over eight games! Where are the hitters?

Indians’ closer Joe Borowski may have 24 saves but he’s also got a 5.68 ERA with opponents hitting .318 against him. Although he only has 2 blown saves, those ERA and BA numbers will catch up to him if he’s not careful.

In the week of June 25, Angels 1B Casey Kotchman batted only .048 after missing a week due to a concussion.

The Twins’ Johan Santana has an impressive 2.76 ERA and is 9- 6 with 120 K’s.

Yanks’ reliever Scott Proctor (1- 5, 3.98 ERA) burned his equipment outside the locker room in an attempt to change the team’s luck. It did not help.

The A’s closer Huston Street has been out with a sore elbow. Replacement Alan Embree has saved 8 while blowing 2 and posting a W- L of 1- 1. His ERA is 4.14 and teams are hitting .271 against him.

In June, Mariner’s CF Ichiro Suzuki hit .427; that’s the highest one-month BA for a Seattle ballplayer ever.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are first in K’s and last in ERA—with 575 strikeouts and a team ERA of 5.57. Wow!

Ranger starter Kameron Loe has an ERA of 5.72. that’s the best on the team!

The Blue Jay’s A.J. Burnett tried to come back from his injury this past week, posting an 11.25 ERA over one game and four innings. He tried too early.

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