MLB Week in Review (June 8-14)

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The MLB is a league that likes to see things as clean as they can be and that includes standings and wins and losses. They do not like having ties and so there are extra innings in baseball and this past week extra innings climbed to new heights. There have always been plenty of extra inning games but this week it was different with games going double the distance and longer. It reached the longest game this week when the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets would go 20 innings before they found a winner. At the same time as the Marlins marathon the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers were in the midst of what would become an 18 inning affair. This week would see a total of 14 extra inning games with a total of 54 extra innings. It was a week of extremely close games with some great action and some good pitching battles. It was a week that set a trend as games are getting closer and extra innings are climbing. The trend seems to be continuing on and is not slowing down as teams are playing closer and closer games. For the MLB it is a strange issue as one on hand it means that the league is becoming that much more even while on the other hand it means making a slow game even longer. Teams are beginning to catch up with to each other as there are no truly dominant teams in the MLB for 2013. Teams have their time and begin long runs but eventually they all start to slow down. The Indians and Yankees are perfect examples of this as they have both had great starts to the season but are now slowing down and are no longer the teams that everyone fears. There are no teams in the MLB this year that people look at and say that it is a for sure loss. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why these games are getting closer than they have before because teams are just much closer. This is great for the league as parity becomes that much greater when teams are more even and that means closer games. Not everything is great with extra innings though as games can be slower than usual and for a game that is already at a slower pace it can damage the hope of new fans tuning in. For the baseball fan extra innings is thrilling no matter what is happening as a pitcher’s duel or an offensive battle are both great. For the casual fan watching what ends up being two games in one sitting can be a bit too much especially if the action is limited. There is nothing to do about this trend though as the MLB is getting what many leagues wish for. The MLB seems to be on its way to becoming a much more even league as teams are getting better. If the trend does continue for the rest of the season expect a lot more extra inning games and plenty of close games as the MLB is in the midst of some great baseball, even if it takes a while to watch a game.

 

Extra Innings:
(Thoughts on the past week in the MLB)

ROY Potential
Yasiel Puig was called up by the Dodgers this week and would light the league on fire as he would quickly become the talk of the league and would quickly move up the rankings as a potential Rookie of the Year if he can continue to play like he has

Brawl in LA
The Dodgers and the Diamondbacks would have one of the strangest moments of the week as they would launch into a bench clearing brawl after Greinke was hit at the plate although it was the coaching staffs that seemed to be more hot-blooded than anyone else

Amazing Achievement
In one of the best stories of the week 14-year-old Nick LeGrande would get the chance of a lifetime as he threw out the first pitch in Oakland but due to a rare blood disorder that keeps him at home he would throw the first pitch with the use of a robot achieving a dream

 

MLB Standings

American League
AL East:
1. Boston Red Sox (.594)
2. Baltimore Orioles (.574)
3. New York Yankees (.552)
4. Tampa Bay Rays (.522)
5. Toronto Blue Jays (.455)
AL Central:
1. Detroit Tigers (.569)
2. Cleveland Indians (.500)
3. Kansas City Royals (.492)
4. Minnesota Twins (.453)
5. Chicago White Sox (.438)
AL West:
1. Oakland Athletics (.593)
2. Texas Rangers (.567)
3. Seattle Mariners (.441)
4. Los Angeles Angels (.433)
5. Houston Astros (.353)

 

National League
NL East:
1. Atlanta Braves (.582)
2. Washington Nationals (.500)
3. Philadelphia Phillies (.485)
4. New York Mets (.387)
5. Miami Marlins (.303)
NL Central:
1. St. Louis Cardinals (.642)
2. Cincinnati Reds (.603)
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (.597)
4. Chicago Cubs (.415)
5. Milwaukee Brewers (.409)
NL West:
1. Arizona Diamondbacks (.552)
2. San Francisco Giants (.530)
3. Colorado Rockies (.515)
4. San Diego Padres (.493)
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (.424)

 

Scores:
Miami Marlins 2 – 1 New York Mets (20th)
– The Marlins and Mets had an old school pitchers battle going that would end up with 20 innings of baseball where Adeiny Hechavarria would hit in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 20th inning

Miami Marlins 8 – 4 New York Mets (10th)
– The Marlins and Mets would continue their pattern of extra innings games with one of the strangest extra innings scores as the Marlins would put up four runs in the 10th inning for an extra innings game that looked like a blowout in the end

Cincinnati Reds 6 – 2 Chicago Cubs
– Among the fog in Chicago Brandon Phillips would have a great game going 2-for-4 with 6 RBIs including a Grand Slam in the third inning that would help to put the Reds on top for good as they would beat the Cubs

Oakland Athletics 5 – 2 New York Yankees
– The Yankees seem to be coming back to earth after a great start to the season as they would lose to the Athletics who are proving that last year’s good season was more than just a fluke and that they are a team to watch this year

 

Next Week:
San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves (Sunday June 16th; 8:05 pm ET)
– The Giants are trying to stay alive in what is turning out to be the best division in the National League while the Braves are looking to extend their lead in what is looking like the worst division in the NL as both face off hoping for the win

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees (Tuesday June 19th; 7:05 pm ET)
– It is the battle of the payrolls as the two largest payrolls in the MLB face-off with the Dodgers looking for something to help them get going this year and the Yankees are looking to stop their slide and stay in the race for the AL East

Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers (Wednesday June 19th; 8:05 pm ET)
– The Oakland A’s are a team that many thought would take a step back this year but they have only gotten better as they are at the top of the AL West while the Rangers are trying to keep up with them

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies (Friday June 21st; 7:05 pm ET)
– The Mets are a better team than many expected this year but they are still struggling to be a part of the NL East race and a win against the struggling Phillies could help them get near the top of the division

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