The second half of the season for the Dodgers began just about the way the regular season began — with another starting pitcher placed on the disabled list.
On Saturday, 22-year-old Bryce Harper hit his 25th home run of the year. With the homer, Harper became the fourth player to be in an age-22 or younger season and have at least 25 homers by the All-Star break.
The last Week Ahead before the All-Star break begins on Monday and is headlined by the Nationals, who are the hottest team in the game, having won three in a row, and who are back at home to start the week against the Reds.
Royals manager Ned Yost, with the help of the player ballot, has plenty of spots to fill before Monday’s announcement of the All-Star reserves. Here’s one man’s guess at how the rest of the AL roster will look.
For once, the Mets had little trouble scoring Sunday at Dodger Stadium. And they didn’t even need Steven Matz to contribute that much with the bat. Matz did drive home his fifth run in two games in the Mets’ 8-0 win over the Dodgers, also delivering six shutout innings in his second career start.
The starters for the 86th All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night, and the two marquee teams have enough fireworks in supply to keep the spirit of Independence Day humming right along.
Here’s one man’s attempt to handicap the NL reserves.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez left Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets in the fourth inning after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch earlier in the game. Gonzalez was diagnosed with a bruise and expects to play Monday.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, a four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner and the Platinum Glove winner last year, once again wowed observers with a did-you-see-that catch in the fourth inning of a 3-2 walk-off win against the Twins on Sunday.
Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer to left that just cleared the Green Monster with one out in the seventh that led the Red Sox to a comeback 5-4 victory over the Astros in the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at Fenway Park.