The A.L. West has pretty much been narrowed to a two team race. The Athletics and Mariners are playing out the string, looking toward the 2012 season. The Angels are hanging in there, due to the Rangers attempt at charity. It's time for manager Ron Washington to pull the plug, and replace closer Neftali Feliz. Texas cannot continue to wait for the 2010, 40 save version of Feliz to appear in 2011. It's not just the 6 blown saves, but it seems that Feliz looks lost on the mound. If he throws a ball outside of the strike zone, you can see his attitude change before your eyes, and not for the better. It is time for Washington to permanently insert recently acquired Mike Adams into the role, and allow Feliz to collect his thoughts in a setup role. Closing in the major leagues is not an easy job, for there are only 30 men in the world who have been assigned to this task. If a closer's effectiveness has diminshed before everyone's eyes in Arlington, then now is the time to make the move. A manager is responsilble for keeping 25 personalities and egos meshing as a team, but the closer is adding gasoline to the fire, as opposed to water, it's time for a change. This shouid be about the 25 players, not the stumbling closer. If not, the Angels will continue to accept the charity given to them by the Rangers, surpass them, and go to the playoffs. If anyone has taken a look at the Yankees and Red Sox, the A.L. East winner and the A.L. wild card winner will be those two teams, as they are so far ahead of everyone else in the American League.
What in the world was Tony Bruno thinking when he called San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez an "illegal alien"? It was not the best move in baseball history to plunk Philadelphia's Shane Victorino, but Bruno could have come up with something less controversial. How about "knucklehead"?
Red Sox - Yankees. Heading into the latter part of the season, does it get any better than that?
How many people are going to jump off the Pittsburgh Pirates bandwagon, now that they are losing ground in the N.L. Central Division ?