If anyone is wondering why you shouldn't put too much stock in early standings, I direct you to the American League West. The A's started the year 12-4, and have lost eight of their last night to sit just a game above .500. Ironically over the last week and a half, the Rangers and A's have nearly inverse run differentials (+21 for Texas, -19 for Oakland), and that's spurred their turnarounds. In another odd note, the A's this year are 11-2 against AL West teams, and just 2-10 in teams outside of the division. Oh, and what about the Angels, baseball's most confusing team? Well, after sweeping the Tigers and outscoring the defending AL champs by 18 runs during their three game set last weekend, Anaheim is just 2-4 this week against the Rangers and Mariners, and need a win today in Seattle to prevent themselves from losing three of four to the Mariners.
PIC OF THE DAY
Yonder Alonso of the Padres dumps the water bucket on teammate Nick Hundley after Hundley's walkoff single (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Brewers 6, Dodgers 4. On a night loaded with close (although unexciting) games, this one stood out from the bunch. A Luis Cruz RBI groundout in the sixth put Los Angeles on top 3-2, but the Brewers surged back in front on the seventh after a two-run homer from Carlos Gomez off of Matt Guerrier to spoil Matt Magill's attempt for his first major league win. In the eighth, Martin Maldanado struck a two-run homer off of Guerrier to extend Milwaukee's lead to 6-3. Andre Ethier responded with a solo homer off of (who else?) John Axford to make it a 6-4 game, but freshly minted Brewers closer Jim Henderson picked up his sixth save of the year despite letting the tying run get to second with two outs in the ninth.no comments