This was the week where the elite teams put their best foot forward, and the pretenders...well, the pretenders fell further down the abyss.
Pittsburgh punched St Louis right in the mouth this week and showed the Cardinals they're not going anywhere.
I went ahead and trashed Roberto Hernandez last week, and he went ahead and nearly threw a shutout this week. I'm really loving this dogfight with Boston at the top of the AL East standings
After a hotly contested sweep of the Cardinals, the Braves pummeled the Rockies in their four game sweep, outscoring Colorado by 27 runs.
Getting swept in Atlanta, and then losing four out of five in Pittsburgh? That's not good, Cardinals.
Oakland is on autopilot right now, but they can't get too comfortable at the top of the AL West.
The Dodgers have napalmed the NL West. I think this race is close to being over.
Oh look, the Tigers are finally hitting their stride.
Give the Orioles credit for being the only contender that went all-out to upgrade their team, They didn't give up anything substantial, either.
Boston has a nice opportunity to get some breathing room in the AL East with the Astros on the schedule.
Three straight walkoff wins against the Angels will do a lot for team morale.
Cleveland has won eight in a row, yet has lost ground since the All-Star Break.
11-2 since the All-Star Break, and still 6.5 games out.
A 5-6 West Coast road trip isn't the worst thing that could have happened to the Reds, especially with the Cardinals' struggles this week.
All things considered, it could be *a lot* worse for the Mets. Their outfield has been shockingly productive lately.
Miami's young talent is starting to shine, and the Fish are 28-24 since June 1st.
Diamondbacks, I need to reiterate this to you: 85 wins isn't going to cut it this year.
Before a Melky-fueled win on Thursday, the Angels had lost six in a row. They're in fourth in the AL West.
This season also hasn't been a disaster for the Cubs, shockingly enough.
Once Erik Bedard inevitably gets dealt this month, the oldest member of Houston's rotation will be 25-year old Dallas Keuchel, assuming another rookie replaces Bedard.
The Yankees remind me a lot of the Diamondbacks, in that they're just not good enough to get into the playoffs but will continue inspiring false hope.
Washington's season could finally, mercifully be killed when the Braves come to town next week.
Three straight series wins, including two from contenders? Nice, Padres...nice.
The Brewers are showing a little bit of spunk in the wake of Ryan Braun's suspension. It's a shame their rotation is a dumpster fire.
Alex Anthopolous' career might be defined by the trade with the Marlins, for better or worse.
Just a reminder that the third place Rockies didn't sell in the midst of getting the crap kicked out of them by the Braves, and are now eight games under .500.
What's more painful than losing a 15 inning game? How about blowing a five run lead in the ninth? Felix Hernandez deserves better.
Wait, you mean bringing back an aging core of players wasn't a good idea?
2-10 since the All-Star Break, and Michael Young is still a Phillie. Pathetic.
Scott Diamond's 3.54 ERA last year was one of the biggest flukes in baseball. He's back in AAA now, by the way.
Since taking a series from Atlanta coming out of the All-Star Break, the White Sox are 1-10. Oh.