Hottest buzz around baseball at the midsummer break?
Big market teams Phillies and Red Sox are all but dead.
The NL’s leading candidate for a Cy Young has a fastball that clocks somewhere around the president’s approval numbers, 48. But oh my, can R.A. Dickey butterfly hitters with his knuckleball.
Baseball’s best surprise is in Pittsburgh. Leading Cincinnati by a game and St. Louis by two and a half in the NL Central, the Pirates are 11 games over .500 at mid-summer for the first time since you were young, handsome and had lots of hair.