Seattle SeaMen The Mariners trail the Angels by just one game in the division and it is easy to see why; they share quite a bit in common with the Halos. Like the Brandon Wood situation, Seattle continues to ignore their top prospect, Jeff Clement, despite the fact that he is destroying the minors and the big league club has an obvious need for his services. Who knew that front office stupidity was contagious? On the other hand, that stupidity didn't hold them back last week as they went 4-2 against the Orioles and Twins. Fortunately, Ichiro Suzuki's lengthy hitting streak was snapped, so we won't be forced to hear about him every night. Your streak is over, please feel free to stop clogging up Baseball Tonight highlights with your weak ass slap hits.
Oakland AthleDicks Don't you people ever die? Last week the vultures were circling Oakland's rotting corpse looking to see what meaty bits they could pluck away to fatten their own roster at the trade deadline. Heck, even Matt Holliday basically went to the press to declare that he is on the trading block. Then the frakking A's had to go and win six games in a row. Billy Beane is too smart a guy to actually think that this team is worthy of a division title, but the team is only seven games back, which isn't all that far back if the expected TexAss collapse begins soon. Amazingly Oakland is thriving despite being riddled with injuries (unlike a certain other AL West club I know). They already have Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis, Nomar Garciaparra, Travis Buck, Justin Duchscherer and Ryan Sweeney on the disabled list and now have Jack Cust and Jason Giambi battling nagging injuries. The AthleDicks' success did come against lowly Baltimore and the floundering White Sox, so it is likely more an aberration than anything else. They have a ton of road games coming up, so their threat to emerge from the basement will be thwarted soon enough. I know, I don't know how we're winning either.