As you wake up on this Thursday morning, a funny thing happened when I opened up my computer to MLB.com…. I noticed that THE ENTIRE N.L. EAST WAS ABOVE .500.
Throw in the fact that the American League East has been the pride of the junior circuit and you have TV execs jumping for joy.
So what you have here is an advertising executives dream. There’s a good chance that Philly, New York or Boston (or a combination of the afore mentioned) will be in the World Series.
Breaking It Down…
– The Red Sox just finished up a daunting stretch of games by SWEEPING the Rays in Tampa. Playing 11 of 13 games on the road, Boston posted a 9-4 record against Detroit, the Yankees, Minnesota, Philly and Tampa.
Why???… Big Papi has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 starts and has raised average from .171 to .266
– The Mets, in a division that has had in the past the Phillies… and everyone else, have won five of their last six games (including four straight over the Yankees and Phillies) and are a game over .500.
Why???… Jose Reyes has hit safely in five of his last six games, all multi-hit efforts including the last four straight games, to raise his season average from .210 to .238. Thrown in strong efforts from R.A. Dickey and Hisinori Takahashi the last two nights against a floundering Phillies offense and the Mets have picked themselves up and dusted themselves off.
-The Braves have won 11 of their last 15 games to vault into 2nd Place in the division. Granted their list of victims is as impressive as the Red Sox, but any wins at this time of the year help you down the road. They have a three-game sweep of Milwaukee, as well as a pair of wins over Arizona and Pittsburgh. But heir two-game sweep of Cincinnati is something to note. They won two tight games by a run… important wins for the mindset of a team.
Why???… Rookie Jason Heyward is having himself a month… .349 BA, 3 HR, 16 RS, 16 RBI, 14 BB, 7 K. Troy Glaus has warmed up, just like the weather. After hitting .194 with 2 HR and 9 RBI in April, Glaus is hitting .326 in May with 4 HR and 20 RBI.
– The Yankees have come back to the pact, going 6-9 in their last 15 games, playing many of the same teams that the Red Sox played.
Why???… Their pitching, especially their bullpen, has been a big question mark. In those nine losses, the Yankees have allowed at least five runs in each of those games. Javier Vasquez is 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA after collecting 15 wins last year for Atlanta. The saving grace for the Yankees have been Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes. The pair are a combined 11-2 with a 2.66 ERA. Both have better numbers than high-priced free agent pickups C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.