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! Thatâ€™s the clubâ€™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?
Indiansâ€™ closer Joe Borowski may have 24 saves but heâ€™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 heâ€™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 Twinsâ€™ Johan Santana has an impressive 2.76 ERA and is 9- 6 with 120 Kâ€™s.
Yanksâ€™ reliever Scott Proctor (1- 5, 3.98 ERA) burned his equipment outside the locker room in an attempt to change the teamâ€™s luck. It did not help.
The Aâ€™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, Marinerâ€™s CF Ichiro Suzuki hit .427; thatâ€™s the highest one-month BA for a Seattle ballplayer ever.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are first in Kâ€™s and last in ERAâ€”with 575 strikeouts and a team ERA of 5.57. Wow!
Ranger starter Kameron Loe has an ERA of 5.72. thatâ€™s the best on the team!
The Blue Jayâ€™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.