What’s the biggest story around Major League Baseball? -Craig in Kansas City
I’m not sure what the biggest story was when I got your email, but Roy Oswalt signed with the Texas Rangers today for reportedly $5 million for the rest of the season and $1 million more if he makes 10 starts. Oswalt waited through spring training while looking for a satisfactory offer, one that never came. He should be ready by July 1.
What does Oswalt’s deal with Texas mean for the Angels? -Mike in Denver
It doesn’t help, but Los Angeles has been playing better as of late and it seems like only a matter of time before they start playing up to their talent level. The Angels have won seven in a row and are finally back at .500, not far off the Rays and White Sox for a Wild Card spot.
October of last year has to seem like a decade ago for Phillies fans. They went from having one of the best rotations in years to losing in the first round of the playoffs, losing Oswalt to free agency and now putting Roy Halladay on the Disabled List. He left Sunday’s game against St. Louis early with shoulder soreness and will miss 6-8 weeks.
Who is the best rookie so far this year? -Sam in Lawrence
Most would say Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, but Angels center fielder Mike Trout is hitting 20 points higher (.306 to Harper’s .286) with slightly better power numbers (five homers and 13 RBI for Trout, four and 11 for Harper), plus Trout plays the more demanding position. Ranger’s starter Yu Darvish boasts an impressive 7-2 record but an average 3.25 ERA and less than impressive 1.46 WHIP (walk+hits/innings pitched).
Is it too late in the year for any worst-to-first comebacks? -Tim in Overland Park
It’s not too late in the the National League East where every team is above .500. I guess the Red Sox could climb out of last in the AL East, but I don’t see that happening. Every other last place team is just, terrible.
Playoff picks? -Cody in Kansas City
(Wild Cards in bold):
AL: Orioles, Tigers, Rangers, Rays, Angels
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