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Stories Of The First Half In Major League Baseball

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Today is the final slate of games before we head into the All Star break.

The first half of the season has provided excitement, pain and surprises for all fan bases.

It’s time to go over some of the top stories of the first half in MLB.

No Hitter Alert: I can’t remember so many close calls in regards to no hitters in a season, let alone in one half of play! Anibal Sanchez, Carlos Carrasco, Shelby Miller and a handful of others have been only a few outs away or even one out away from completing the task. None could complete the extremely difficult task, except for two:

Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals have been the only two pitchers to get the job done and get their No-No’s. Domino’s Pizza must have been thrilled to give away so many free pizzas from their Domi No-No giveaway!

So many injuries: Many teams have been ravaged by injuries, it’s relatively common to see a plethora of injuries. The number of big stars hitting the Disabled List is alarming however. David Wright, George Springer, Miguel Cabrera and Stephen Strasburg are just a few names that have gone down with injuries. Springer and Strasburg for example have hit the DL two separate times.

The New York Mets have suffered the most dehabilitating injuries however as they continue to play without their two best hitters (Wright and Travis d’Arnaud) and have had more than ten regulars have at least one DL stint. Ouch.

The Resurgences: Remember when people thought the careers of Joey Votto, Albert Pujols and especially Alex Rodriguez were going down the drain? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

All three are having excellent seasons and are showing no signs of slowing down. Pujols has rediscovered his power stroke, leading the American League with 26 home runs as of early Saturday. To think, people were writing him off back in April. A-Rod could be the most impressive comeback we have ever seen.

After sitting out all of 2014, A-Rod looks better than ever in the batters box. It’s a crime he isn’t playing in this year’s All-Star game.

Who’s in first? : If I were to tell you that the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs would all be in the playoff hunt before the season started, would you have believed me? The Twins and Astros by far have been the biggest surprises by far. The twinkies lead in the AL Wild Card with the Angels and the Astros LEAD the AL West. I guess Sports Illustrated was a year off on when the Astros would be competitive. The Mets and Cubs are fighting for the second wild card slot in a dogfight as the Mets boast the best rotation in baseball while the Cubs continue to perform under Joe Maddon.

The Disappointments: Besides the terrible All-Star fan voting, the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers and Miami Marlins have been huge disappointments. All four teams were playoff and even World Series favorites in the offseason. Now, it looks as if only the Tigers still have a chance to make a playoff push.

 

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