Stats through Aug. 2
The task of assembling the start-of-the-month, best-o'-the-best Player Rankings got a lot easier over the past few weeks when the A's and Mariners stopped pitching. Well, technically they kept pitching; they just stopped pitching as well as they had during the season's first few months.
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Either way, it rendered the complex, intense decision-making process (e.g., Larry stares at Baseball-Reference.com for 16 hours and hopes some of the smartness wears off on him) far less of a headache. Trevor Cahill's unrepentant sinkerism or Gio Gonzalez's bat-missing/strike-zone-missing approach? Felix Hernandez's relentless assaults or Michael Pineda's hit-THIS-jerkhead bluster? Doesn't matter. None of the four, nor their well-armed rotationmates, make the grade.
As for hitters, it's pretty tough to ignore the Boston juggernaut, as much as the national media tries. Seriously, when was the last time you caught a Red Sox game on Fox? They're the best team in the game right now; it would sure be nice if somebody deigned to cover them as such. Here's hoping that Big Media comes to its senses in time for the weekend's series against the other object of its inattention, the Yankees.