This baseball season continues to be weird. The Rangers are moving right along, and are currently 13-7, after handing the KC Royals their first series loss of the season. There is still one game in the series, but the Rangers have won the first two games, as Alexi Ogando dominated the game tonight, giving up only one run on a crushed home run by someone whose name I couldn’t even begin to spell much less pronounce. The Rangers winning is not so weird…they seem to have picked up right where they left off last year.
However, the AL East has been very strange. Usually the powerhouse of the AL, the East division currently has only one team playing .500+ ball, and that, unfortunately, is the Evil Empire. We all know how my beloved Red Sox started out, but they are currently on a 3-game winning streak and beating the Angels 5-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning, at the time of this writing. If they hold on for the win, they won’t be in last place, anymore, taking a half game lead over the Orioles, who started the season just like the Rangers.
The AL Central is in a battle between the Cleveland Indians (who saw that coming??) and the Kansas City Royals (or that, either??). But the Rangers have knocked the Royals back a bit, now. The Indians have the same record as the Rangers.
The Angels came out of nowhere to tie the Rangers and then take the lead in the AL West recently. Then Boston came to town. The Red Sox are 3 outs away from sweeping the Angels in Anaheim. The Rangers have held first place in the West for all but two days of this season.
The NL is not quite as surprising. The Phillies and their pitching salvo are leading the East. But the Florida Marlins are only one game out (their stadium was half empty for opening day!).
The NL Central is quite close. The Reds and the Cards are tied at 11-10 each. Right behind them are the Cubs and the Brewers at 10-10. The Pirates and the Astros are fighting for last.
And, in the NL West, the Rockies (currently the best team in baseball at 14-6) are already 4 games ahead of the second place team, the bankrupt Dodgers, who are currently under the control of MLB and Bud Selig. Last year’s World Series winners are in third place.
Just a quick update of the standings. As I close this out, it’s the bottom of the ninth in Anaheim, and Dice-K Matsuzaka threw 8 innings, gave up only 1 hit and no runs. He struck out nine batters. He has had two excellent outings in a row. Here’s hoping the bullpen can keep the lead.