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June 18th, 2017 at 11:18 PM
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Baltimore Orioles:Business looked grim for the O’s early in the week, as they lost Chris Davis indefinitely due to an oblique strain, as well as three of four games to the lowly White Sox. But perhaps these setbacks fueled some frustration in the ball club, frustration that they took out in full against the Cardinals over the weekend. After an 11-2 loss to open the series on Friday, the Orioles offense went ballistic over the next two days, hitting nine home runs between Saturday and Sunday, and winning the battle of the birds decisively.

Boston Red Sox: The Sox saw both ends of the MLB spectrum last week, seeing back-to-back series with the league-worst Phillies and the pacesetting Astros over the weekend. Although the Phils put up more fight than expected, taking the Sox to extra innings twice, Boston emerged victorious in three of four games before turning their attention to the Astros. TK TK TK TK 

Chicago White Sox:The past week was more fruitful than the entire month-to-date had been for the Sox, who took home five wins last week alone, after winning only two games in the entire month before it. And while it far from salvages the season on the south side of the Windy City, it does keep things interesting as more and more eyes turn to the White Sox roster, as many of its current parts could be auditioning for the upcoming trade market.

Cleveland Indians:Apparently, Jose Ramirez was fed up with Cleveland’s chase of the Twins, as he all but took things into his own hands in not only closing the gap, but propelling the Indians back to the top of the American League Central standings. The Indian infielder had five hits -including two home runsâ?? on Saturday to lead the way in the Indians sweep of Minnesota. Capped by Sunday’s shutout, Cleveland now holds an 8-2 advantage in the head-to-head series between the two clubs on the year, and will have a chance to drive the wedge between the two clubs even deeper, as they will meet again this weekend – this time with the Indians holding the home field edge.

Detroit Tigers: Much of the Tigers’ season has sat in the middle of the underwhelming abyss that is the AL Central, and with another underwhelming week in the books, the prospects for the year are becoming increasingly bleak. Such has been the depths of their issues, that even Miguel Cabrera could not avoid boos from the Tiger faithful this past week (although he responded to them by characteristically blasting a game-winning homer). So at this crossroads in the season’s path, the biggest question surrounding the team is if they begin to sell off parts from a core that has underperformed for the second straight year. If they do give up on the year, it could see many previously unforeseen options enter the hot stove waters, including J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler and possibly even Cabrera himself.

Houston Astros: Despite their indisputably strong start to the season, even the Astros showed their mortality this week. When Lance McCullers Jr. headed to the disabled list on Monday, it brought the total of Houston starting hurlers down to four, including Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Mike Fiers. As a result, the ‘Stros went through an uncharacteristically tough week, dropping three of four at one point to the Rangers and Red Sox.  However, McCullers Jr.’s stint on the DL is set to be a brief one, as manager A.J. Hinch says he’ll be in line to make a return in the new week, and not a moment too soon. After their season-best 11-game winning streak ended, Houston dropped five out of seven contests.

Kansas City Royals:When the story of this era of Royals baseball is written, its final chapter should certainly note that they did not go down without a fight. As their twilight together inches closer and closer, KC played its most inspired baseball of the year, rattling off six straight victories over the last week. And as long as this core stays intact, they could serve to at least be the best equipped spoilers lurking in the American League over the next few months.

Los Angeles Angels:While the Angels have stayed steady in the standings as they await the return of Mike Trout – who said this week he’s eyeing an early return from the disabled list before July’s All-Star Game – they now have more formidable injury woes to their pitching staff to be concerned with as well. With Matt Shoemaker heading to the DL on Saturday, he become the fifth Anaheim starter to currently take up residence on the club’s inactive list. While the Halos mounted a surprisingly strong performance against the Yankees early in the week, it will be a much tougher task to keep up that pace long term with this many arms out of play.
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