1. Yeah, they are a .500 team at the All-Star break (43-43). But guess what, the Orioles are currently holding down the final playoff spot at just 45-40. So A: the Sox are only 2.5 games back, and B: it’s the Orioles.
2. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last year (and in 2006). On August 24, with just over a month to go in the season, they were 67-63. They got hot down the stretch, and an epic choke by the Braves (similar to the Red Sox) let them sneak into the Wild Card. It’s only mid-July right now, Boston has plenty of time to make a run. And if you look back 4 years ago to 2008, the Dodgers were 46-49 at the break, and they ended up winning the N.L. West.
3. Jacoby Ellsbury. He was the best player in the American League last year. And he’s coming back. On Friday.
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