Thoroughly Enjoying the 2013 Season

miguel cabreraBy Geary Kaczorowski

I certainly have been enjoying the 2013 Major League Season and not just because most of my favorite teams have been excelling, and not because Ryan Braun finally got busted as the PED user we all knew him to be, or A-Rod for that matter, but for the excellent baseball we’ve gotten day in and day out.

Offensively we’ve been giving another amazing season from Miguel Cabrera, possibly even more amazing than last years’ when he won the MVP Award and the Triple Crown. He may not beat out Chris Davis for most home runs, but he’s been neck and neck with Davis for RBI’s and there’s nobody close to him for best batting average, and he’s even outstripping his career avg. by some 40 points. I’m know it doesn’t need to be said but Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball.

So far defensively we’ve gotten Homer Bailey’s 2nd no-hitter in as many years, and Tim Lincecum finally notching his first no-hitter. And let’s not forget the job Max Sherzer has been doing with his 17-1 record and 2.85 ERA. Pitching is key this season with strikeout rates up, walk rates down and hitters being stymied nearly every at bat.

And of course who can deny the excitement that Yasiel Puig has brought to not only the LA Dodgers but the whole of baseball. With the Dodgers seemingly heading nowhere, suddenly they’re thrust into the lead in the NL West and have essentially run away with that division as the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies have let their seasons slip away from them. It hasn’t been all Puig in LA but he’s been a pretty important part of their renaissance.

There’s still plenty of excitement to come as the season winds down. There are still a few divisions to be determined as the Oakland A’s battle the Texas Rangers for supremacy in the AL West, the Boston Red Sox try to fend off both the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles in the always tought AL East, and the Pittsburgh Pirates work hard towards ending their 21 years of futility and finally reach the magical .500 level and the playoffs if they can keep the St. Louis Cardinals at bay in the NL Central.

Atlanta has run away with it in the NL East so there’s not much to play for there, and the Detroit Tigers seem to have the AL Central in hand. But since it is baseball anything can happen. Remember the great collapses of 2011 for the Red Sox and Braves. I just don’t see it happening again.

Stay tuned for more great baseball.

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About mesh5

a life-long baseball fan that began, at the age of 54, to play organized baseball for the first time. i'm part of the cape cod over-35 league, playing second base and rightfield. i run my own web site development company as well as being the music director at wumd

Posted on August 15, 2013, in 2013, Athletics, Braves, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, MLB, Orioles, Pirates, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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