The hottest team in the NL going into the All-Star break was Pittsburgh. They had won 7 of their last 10. But they are still under .500 at 40- 48 and a hefty nine games back.
In the NL Central Milwaukee has managed to hold onto first place but they went into the Star break losing their last two and winning only three of their last 10.
The Cubbies and St. Louis have been steadily creeping up on the Brewers. The Cubs are 4.5 out and the Cards 7.5.
â€œGlad thatâ€™s over,â€? must have been heard a lot in the Bravesâ€™ clubhouse when they finished their final Interleague game. Atlanta went 4- 11 versus the AL.
The Astros canâ€™t beat Pittsburgh; theyâ€™re 0- 6 versus the Bucs.
Sure the Reds are in last place but theyâ€™ve jettisoned their manager and have the #2 and 3 homerun hittersâ€”Adam Dunn (24) and Ken Griffy Jr. (23).
With Cole Hamels pitching (10 wins) and Ryan Howard (67 RBI, 21 HR) and Chase Utley (68 RBI) hitting, the Phils could be a major second-half factor. The Phils are 4.5 games behind the first-place Mets but are 3- 7 in their last ten. Better start winning, duh!
The Padres have the best team ERA at 3.09 and have held opposing hitters to a .242 BAA. However, their team batting average is the worst in the league. Ironically itâ€™s .242! Okay, I know pitching wins championships, but that hitting stat is really pushing that premise! Proving that homers do not win championships are the Cincinnati Reds. They lead the NL with 128.
Los Angeles is best in Kâ€™s with 687. Randy Wolf (9- 6) is tied for tenth in SO with 94. San Diegoâ€™s Jake Peavy leads the NL with 125 Kâ€™s.
Who lacks control? Arizonaâ€™s Doug Davis (5- 10) has walked a league leading 59 batters. No, not all of them were Barry Bonds.
Speaking of Barry Bonds, heâ€™s been walked 91 times so far this season. That leads the majors.
To err is human, sure but donâ€™t tell that to the Marlin fans. The worst fielding team in the NL is the Florida Marlins who tout a .978 FPCT. Thatâ€™s 15 points below the league average and 22 points behind the NLâ€™s best glovesâ€”the Colorado Rockies.
The Washington Nationals have scored the fewest runs in the majorsâ€”326 over 88 games. Thatâ€™s 3.7 runs per game. The Phils lead the league, crossing the plate 5.2 times per game.
Thatâ€™s how things look now. Somehow, I believe Philadelphia will make a strong move towards the Wild Card or even first-place in the second half.