Posted 06/20/2008 at 05:01 PM
The American League continues to dominate interleague play with a 74-51 record through June 19th. Some great match-ups are on tap for the weekend, most notable the Windy City series with two first place teams squaring off. St. Louis and Boston also face off in a match-up of the past two World Series champions.
Once the first manager gets fired, others seem to want to join the party. Cito Gaston returns to the dugout in Toronto making three coaching changes in a week for teams that have disappointed. The Blue Jays have to be considered one of the more disappointing teams in baseball as they have not been able to keep up in the AL East and have been surpassed by the young Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle has had a doomed season but there is still hope for the Blue Jays and Mets to get things turned around. The recent success of teams like Florida and Houston make the mid-season fire a last-ditch effort that has some realistic potential.
A few weeks ago many in the Milwaukee area were calling for a similar move with Ned Yost but the Brewers have rewarded management's patience with solid play in recent weeks. Milwaukee actually picked up three games on the entire NL Central as Milwaukee swept three games with Toronto and each of the five other teams were sweep victims.