August 21st- MLB Pointers

  • Ichiro stole the night on Wednesday.

    Ichiro stole the night on Wednesday.

    in light of Ichiro Suzuki’s 4,000th hit today, starting his total in Japan only slightly diminishes this unique feat; more than two-thirds came in the US, and aside from the MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) is one of the most competitive leagues in the world

  • the Red Sox reacted to previous disappointment as their starting pitcher did: after blowing a late-inning lead last night at AT&T Park, Boston bounced back to crush the Giants, while starter Felix Doubront, clobbered by the Yankees in his last outing, turned in a stellar performance–over 8 innings, he yielded just 6 baserunners and allowed only 1 run
  • in 8 innings of 1-run ball as well as striking out 7 Marlins, Zach Greinke further validated the Dodgers’ possession of two aces in their rotation; Los Angeles’ offseason free-spending is finally paying its dividends, as Greinke has won all 4 of his last starts, with a sparkling 0.96 ERA in that span
  • as the Cleveland Indians begin their charge into October (2.5 GB of the wild card), the emergence of Justin Masterson this season as a viable rotation leader is very encouraging even if a playoff spot becomes out of reach–with another victory against the Angels today (6.2 innings with 1 ER), Masterson improves his record to 14-9, enough to tie him for second most wins in the American League
  • the Atlanta Braves added to their MLB-leading win total, but they sustained yet another loss as well (coincidentally at Citi Field); with the timetable for Jason Heyward (fractured jaw) being four-to-six weeks, the ramifications of his injury could be severe, as the Braves will miss his offensive and defensive presence, or limited, as Atlanta’s 2013 success has not hinged so much on Heyward

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