It took a little longer than I expected, but were finally alone atop the AL West.
We’ve overcome several obsatcles:
1. The death of Nick Adenhart
2. Injuries to Vlad, Santana, Lackey, Shields, Moseley
3. The pitching of Kevin Jepsen (oppenents are batting .434 against him)
But here we are, 73 games into the season and finally play some consistent ball. Last year’s regular season was a cakewalk, we had the division won halfway through the season and then flammed out in the playoffs once we face some real adversity. This year we’ve gone through so much that the players find the field as one of the few places they can relax and remain focused.
Despite the fact that the NL West (minus the Dodgers) might be barely a step above Triple A, we did our job and dominated interleague play, leading the Majors with a 14-4 record.
We won games with pitching….In his Major League debut Sean O’Sullivan went 7 innings, giving up only 5 hits and 1 run
We won games with hitting…Abreu, Rivera, Rodriguez, and Quinlan all hit homeruns against the Giants in a 9-7 victory on June 15th
And we won games with baserunning…we stole a game in Arizona with Erick Aybar’s miraculous four-base bunt (thank the Diamondback’s shoddy defense for that one) and the yesterday Gary Matthews Jr. stole home and scored in a 12-8 victory
So now were off to Texas, in what is the biggest series of the season thus far, all alone in first place finally playing up to our potential. With Escobar, Moseley and Santana both about to return to the team again, we’ll finally field a team that has enough potential to win the World Series.