Speaking of the Sphere, I wrote this story on the MLB.com homepage about Pluto being sent down. So far I am getting more positive email for that than any story I have written at MLB.com in recent years, the one exception being the guy who said I was a Bill Simmons wannabe. I think people like a little fun perspective mixed in with the winning and losing headlines, don’t you?
Speaking of fun perspective, one of the most entertaining posts on MLBlogs right now was just saved by our friend Edward over at DC Daily. Gotta see his take on Chad Cordero’s flat-brimmed Nationals cap. Had not personally noticed that before, and you always learn something new around MLBlogs by the most observant fans around.
The most amazing thing about the standings to me is how many AL teams would have the best record in the NL if you excluded the Mets. As of this writing, there are EIGHT of them to be exact. That is unbelievable. It includes the Blue Jays and Angels, who have .528 winning percentages, which would be second-best in the NL, matching St. Louis. Yes, Toronto would have the best record in the NL right now other than the Mets. Just astounding. That is more than half of the entire AL, comprised of 14 teams. I can’t think of another year that the NL will go into the postseason as such a clear underdog, although there is no reason to think that the Mets can’t win it all.
The worst part is that four of those eight AL teams are going to be watching the postseason with the rest of us, and knowing full well that they would have matched up well against the NL’s best team, even having the home-field advantage.
Looks like there might be a hurricane brewing in the tropics, and if it becomes Ernesto and nears Cuba, thoughts will be with our MLBlogging groundskeeping guru there. Feel free to drop Murray a comment to keep him company during those preparations.
Really enjoyed our friend Jonathan’s interview with the author of the Curse of Carl Mays book. You never know what you’ll find on an MLBlog.
Was good to see our friend Rob rambling again here after a blogging hiatus. Cubs need him.
Reminder to please email us your responses to the Nine Questions asked of previous Spheroids here if you’d like to get some more promotion for your MLBlog. Just click the Spheroids category on the right here and look through them — they go way back. None on the docket as far as I know.
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