It’s The Pitching Stupid

This run has been absolutely, well, amazing. I don't think anyone doubts the change in managers was for the better – but how about the change in pitching coaches.

I mean if we're going to hang people when the team sucks, lets have some applause for a great bullpen and suddenly a guy named Pelfrey is acting like an ace. What a nice long term bonus that would be if he could keep it up.

I think the break comes at a good time. You're going to lose some games sooner or later – this way you have the 9 in the bank (wow) and give the Phillies something to think about for a week.

Great job feasting on bad teams – that's something the Mets lacked earlier in the year. If my memory serves me right the schedule says Washington quite often near the end.

Meanwhile in the AL I take my eyes off the Rays for a few days, even rooted against them when they played New York, and look what happened – a complete freefall. Not even in first place. I hope they regroup, it's a nice story. Baseball will be better for it. A season of Boston and Yankees winning with the Rays in third just doesn't have the resonance. I'm hoping for Boston to collapse for those wondering.

You teenagers enjoy this silly home run derby tonight, and Chris Berman's tired act handling the call.

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