I was pumped that the Orioles were able to split the series with the Rangers last night. They are trailing the Red Sox and Rays in the AL East and they are also two games back in the AL Wild Card chase. If they can get a sweep this weekend against the Blue Jays, it would be huge for them. The Blue Jays are not playing great right now, and I do not think they are going to suddenly turn it on at Camden Yards. Hopefully, the Orioles can go into the break hot, and the Blue Jays go in cold.
A couple of big series are starting today, but the biggest is out in Oakland. The Oakland Atheltics (54-38) host the Boston Red Sox (57-37) for a three-game series. They are both leaders in their divisions, and this series could end up having huge consequences. If the Athletics are able to pull off a sweep, the Orioles and Rays get a huge boost as they chase the Sox in the division. While the Rangers, who need all the help they can get, would benefit from a Red Sox sweep. The once feared Rangers had the third worst team OPS in the month of June. They have started to turn it around in July, but they are still not the same hitting team they used to be. Maybe losing Josh Hamilton was a bigger deal than they initially thought. I, as a fan of another AL team, am happy that this has happened because it has, hopefully, made the road to the playoffs a little bit easier.
Last night, I watched the Rockies play the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was late, but I had to stay up because Vin Scully‘s voice is so soothing. He is the best announcer in sports, no doubt in my mind. He is the one man show, and his voice is amazing. It was a good game because of the dominating performace delivered by Chris Capuano. Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler were activated just before the game, so he dominated a fully loaded Rockies’ lineup. I was pretty amazing to see Capuano pull of 8 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.