The Good, The Bad & The Ugly for 2014 MLB Week 15

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Mike Trout & Albert Pujols celebrates a HR on the LA Angels 5 game winning streak

Mike Trout & Albert Pujols celebrate a HR as the LA Angels have a five game winning streak headed into the Al l Star Break

Another edition of the Good, The Bad & The Ugly at the All Star Break:

The Good: The LA Angels: The Angels beat the Rangers yesterday 10-7 to complete a 4 game sweep of the last place Rangers & continue there five game winning streak going into the All Star Break. Mike Trout’s RBI’s increased his season total to 73, making him one of five players in Angels history with 20-plus home runs and 70-plus RBI’s before the All-Star break. The Angels at 57-37 are only 1 1/2 Games behind the 1st place Oakland A’s in the AL West.

The Bad: The Arizona Diamondbacks Pitching yesterday, giving up 2 Grand Slams: The Diamondbacks at 40-56 are in last place in the NL West & yesterday the D’Backs in the 5th & 6th innings the D’Backs gave up 2 GSJ(Grand Slam Jacks) as I call them, the bad part was the 2nd Grand Slam given up was to Giants Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season. Buster Posey had the other Grand Slam in the 5th inning.

The Ugly: Key Injuries: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips(on DL for Thumb Injury out for month & half), Yankees Starting Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka(on DL for Elbow Injury out for month & half, could also have to get Tommy John Surgery), Cards C Yadier Molina(on DL for Thumb Injury out 8 to 12 weeks)

 

3 Big Injuries that could effect the playoff races, thanks to Foxsports.com for photo.

3 Big Injuries that could effect the playoff races Molina, Phillips & Tanaka, thanks to Foxsports.com for photo.

Note: Since June 13, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has not allowed a run, until Thursday night. Kershaw went 41 2/3 innings without allowing a run until he gave up a solo home run to Padres third baseman, Chase Headley. Kershaw was able to battle out of the game with only the one run given up, in 9 innings, adding 11 strikeouts.

Kershaw extended his winning streak to 8 straight starts, while the MLB and Elias Sports both recorded Kershaw’s streak at 41 innings. It is the longest such streak since R.A. Dickey went 44 2/3 in 2012, and Brandon Webb went 42 innings in 2007. The Dodgers franchise owns two of the longest streaks  with Orel Hershiser’s 59-inning streak in 1988 and Don Drysdale’s 58-inning streak in 1968.

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