Found July 08, 2012 on Mr. Irrelevant:
The 2012 All-Star break is here, and Washington is four games up on the NL East. Baltimore is also second in the AL East, somehow. It’s unclear which is more unlikely, but I will take them both and always remember fondly what was one hell of a half-season of baseball. The Nats, seemingly a year away from entering an extended run as contenders, have baseball’s third-best record (and fifth-best run differential) despite five top regulars — Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Morse, Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos and Drew Storen — missing time. Bryce Harper arrived in full, though, ahead of time, and is now only the third 19-year-old All-Star ever. He even would’ve been the fourth-youngest player in this year’s Futures game, which may be my favorite Bryce Harper figure yet. Their starting pitching is superb, perhaps historically so, and Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett, Craig Stammen, Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche picked up where the fallen left off. Strasburg will be shut down in September, but Werth and ...
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