First obvious statement. The Tigers are going to need a healthy Jordan Zimmerman for the stretch run. Also needed are J.D. Martinez. Justin Upton, and a whole host of other good players.
The White Sox are in a tough spot. After Monday's walk-off loss that resulted in a near-record 44 seconds of Hawk silence (yes, I used MLB.tv to check it), the White Sox stand two games under .500 with amazing front-end starters and their best bat being Melky Cabrera. Pittsburgh and Seattle are in similar situations.
My guess? It will happen. Not next year or the year after, but it's coming. The baseball season really is ridiculously long, a total anachronism, and while there's no way to cut the season in half to mirror two of the other major sports, this is just about the least they can do.
I'm not sold, but I am in favor of it. The season lasting until November is ludicrous.
Preemptively disabling Skynet. We all gripe about balls and strikes but nobody wants to see robotic umpires. How are you supposed to argue with a robot? Let's not rob ourselves of Ausmus covering the plate with his sweatshirt.
Puig is still on the market. For the second straight year Yasiel Puig is on the trading block, and it is always interesting to see if someone will take a chance. Puig might be one of the biggest wildcards in baseball. He has shown flashes of superstardom accompanied by lack of hustle and terrible inconsistencies. The thing is, he's still only 25. If I was rebuilding, I would take a long hard look at acquiring someone with that much upside.
Baseball is awesome.