Email exchange: Keep an eye on these second-half MLB story lines
July 17, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
WIth the 2014 All-Star Game in the books, SN baseball wirters Jesse Spector and Ryan Fagan take a look ahead the second half of the MLB season:
JESSE: How the pennant races turn out is the most obvious story line to watch for the second half of the season, but it's really not the most interesting to me. We've got a pretty good idea of who the best teams in baseball are, and while there is some drama in weaker divisions and on the fringes of the races, there's just kind of a blah feeling about the whole thing — outside of the L.A. and Bay Area teams, is anyone other than Detroit or Milwaukee better than mediocre?
RYAN: That’s a good question. We could easily see multiple divisions where the winner finishes with fewer than 90 wins, and the final wild-card spot is claimed with 88 or 89 victories. And though that might not be the ideal display of excellence, it should make for crowded — and therefore compelling — races down the stretch. I’m cool with that. Games that matter are typically pretty entertaining.