The margins between the best have never been closer, but do we have a new No. 1? And which NL East team pushed its way into the top five?
Was starting Sergio Romo on back-to-back days a clever, one-off maneuver by Kevin Cash to maximize matchups, or a sign of widespread things to come?
Lance McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
With seven scoreless innings from Lance McCullers, the Astros' rotation ERA sits at 2.25. It's averaging 10.55 strikeouts per nine innings -- just about equal to Randy Johnson's career rate of 10.6. Batters are hitting .186 against them -- that's less than the .195 average Pedro Martinez held hitters to during his 1997-2002 peak. They've allowed a .254 wOBA -- only seven regular batters are worse this season. Incredible.
Astros 3B Alex Bregman caught up with Boog Sciambi, and explained why things were going so well for him at the plate over the last few weeks.
The Astros put outfielder Derek Fisher on the disabled list Sunday and recalled J.D. Davis, who leads all of Triple-A with a .415 batting average.
Corey Kluber struck out 10, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes hit home runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Houston Astros 5-4 on Saturday.
With Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Didi Gregorius and Andrelton Simmons, there's no shortage of top-notch shortstops in the AL.
Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 Friday night for their third straight win.
Rockets point guard Chris Paul was among those reacting to a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 dead Friday.
Buster & Karl Ravech discuss Mark Teixeira's comments on Robinson Cano, Buck Showalter's frustrations with his club, Bruce Bochy vs. umpires and more (:25). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the Dodgers' struggles and the SNB matchup (28:28) and Tom Hamilton with some "Inside Heat" on the Indians (46:11).
Eric Karabell and Tristan H. Cockcroft discuss Justin Verlander's great season so far (2:30), replacements for Robinson Cano (7:00) the truth about Bartolo Colon (14:00), Combo Meals (17:00) & a Closer Carousel (22:10). Plus, they take your #06010MLB questions.
Buster & Boog Sciambi discuss Justin Verlander's throwback performance, Brandon Belt's issue with the umps and more (:29). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (23:11) and Andy McCullough brings some "Inside Heat" on the struggling Dodgers (27:40).
BBTN Scoreboard: The Slumping Dodgers, The Conservation Of Chris Sale, And Another Justin Verlander Gem
Buster recaps Wednesday's action, including Justin Verlander's Hall of Fame pursuit, the Red Sox watching Chris Sale's innings, and the disappointing Dodgers.
Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer
Justin Verlander's 1.05 ERA and 33.8 percent strikeout rate in his first 15 regular-season starts for the Astros are better than he had during any 15-start stretch in his entire Tigers career.