Angels finally lose
That sure was one ugly 5th inning from John Lackey. The streak couldn't have lasted forever. Get em next time John. I still feel very positive about the Angels for the second half of the season. That might be a problem. The Angels might have to do something to get me back into predicting doom and gloom. Only then will they be in position to take the AL West.
I did some MLE's from the PCL league today. Our second base playing hero comes in at .298/.328/.499 I'd be quite happy if he can really do that for the second half, and his playing time grow from platoon 2B to fulltimer.
Another impressive MLE is the Dodger's James Loney: .331/.369/.477 He'd be a nice option at 1B if they don't resign Nomar, but be careful before you predict future batting titles for him. His season in the PCL looks a lot like Casey Kotchman, 2004.
The Diamondback hitters are not quite what they seem. They play in the most extreme hitters park in one of the best hitters leagues. Quentin and Drew translate as .220 hitters right now. Only Scott Hairston (.264/.323/.449) looks like he could help right away.
Choo of the Mariners (.294/.356/.450) looks ready to play everyday. A's have nobody hitting well outside of a few older, AAA lifers. Nelson Cruz looks pretty good (.265/.337/.449), he'd be decent but a sizable step down from Carlos Lee.