While the Cincinnati Reds are still comfortably cruising toward the NL Central title and the Miami Marlins occupy the East cellar, the teams have undergone a bit of a role reversal this weekend.
A little numbness wasn’t going to keep Carlos Lee out of the lineup.
R.A. Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout for his 17th win, Ike Davis backed him with a home run and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 on Friday night.
On Sunday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced its starting lineups, pitchers and reserves for the 83rd All-Star Game, to be held on July 10 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Although each team is chock full of talent, there were nonetheless players who didn’t make the cut despite stellar first-half statistics.
Starting pitching in the National League is off to a ferociously hot start. The days of inflated home run totals and offensive power statistics appear well behind us, as a 2.01 ERA in the National League is currently good for tenth place among starters with 30 IP or more.
The Miami Marlins have opened their brand new stadium, Thursday, they will look for their first win of the season on the road in Cincinnati.