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superman emblemIt’s Friday.  There’s people on summer hours.  So, this is probably the last post we do before POI, The Skyline and then your UFC 100 preview.  But, it’s a long one.  So sit back and strap it down.  Your MLB Power Rankings heading into the All-Star Break.

1.) Los Angeles Dodgers (54-31): They’ve got Manny back.  They didn’t struggle without him.  The Giants are playing out of their minds and the Dodgers are still 7 games clear of them.  These guys are making the playoffs obviously, but mark it down.  They are not going to the World Series.  Peak too soon in baseball and you don’t finish strong.

2.) New York Yankees (51-34): Bring it on Red Sox fans.  You’re 5-5 in your last 10, and the Yankees are 8-2.  We told you not to sell on these guys at the start of the season and we’re being validated.  In that stadium, this offense is going to excel like no other offense in the league.  The bullpen issues are starting to clear up with Phil Hughes and Coke.  “And the New York Yankees are going to the World Series!” (circa 2003.  Suck it Red Sox)

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joel pineiroCardinals 5 – Brewers 1: Joel Piniero now has 4 CGs this year.  This was his 7th win and he’s only 7-9 on the season.  But the guy has been lights out for about a month now and it’s starting to worry us as Cubs fans.  The Cardinals are coming into Wrigley this weekend (we’re going to the double-header on Sunday!) and the Cubs need to win 2 out of 3.  Thankfully, we don’t have to face Piniero.  Now, there’s a sentence we thought we’d never write.

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Pedro MartinezWill someone just sign him already?  He’s not that old.  He showed he can pitch in the WBC.  And, he’s gotta be better than Oliver Perez.  However, it’s a different AL East team that’s looking at him now.  The Phillies.

But, what does this say about them and their rumored desire to acquire Roy Halladay?

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Roy HalladayJ.P. Ricciardi’s phone is going to be ringing off the hook in the next few weeks.  He’s opened the door to trading who we think is the most reliable and most talented pitcher in baseball.  Roy Halladay is an innings eater that has been living in relative obscurity for 12 seasons north of the border.

This is going to be the most talked about name prior to the trade deadline and if he is in fact traded, he’ll have the greatest impact on pennant races going into the 2nd half.  But, who is willing to put together the package required to land Halladay?  It’s going to require prospects, payroll and some onions by a GM willing to risk their future on winning a title in the next two seasons.

We’ve got a few ideas on who fits that persona.

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NL EastOver the past few days, the NL East laid bare for all to see just how up in the air the division title is, and how 80% of the teams have a legitimate shot.  Here are the recent goings on:

  • Braves sweep Phillies
  • Mets drop 2 of 3 to Milwaukee after being swept by the Yankees
  • Marlins sweep the Nationals, after being swept by the Rays
  • Marlins take 2 of 3 from the Pirates
  • Phillies sweep the Mets
  • Braves lose 2 of 3 to the Nationals

As you can see, no one team has really taken the division by the reins.  So, which team wants to win it, and which has the best chance?  Our dime store analysis is as follows: (more…)

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Sleepin' on the JobSo… yeah.  You’re not going to get our witty recaps of last night’s baseball.  We know.  It crushes your spirit.  But, we will link you to SI’s recap’s so that you at least know what happened!  We had to get our sleep so as to not shoot a 135 on the course today (you’ll get a preview of that monster, later).  Suffice to say…

  • Cubs won.
  • Phillies destroyed the Reds (and our fantasy ERA).
  • Diamondbacks walked-off with a Mark Reynolds homer.
  • Matt Cain won his 10th game.
  • Nomar won in his return to Boston as Smoltz is 0-2.

Good?  Happy?  Fine… Alfonso Soriano’s ridiculous hummer truck after the jump.

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Natalie GulbisPoints of Interest is the daily link dump for your morning or afternoon commute in and out of Souvenir City.  We’ll be throwing together some other stops from out there in blogdome and the interwebs to peak your interest.  Some of them will actually be what some might consider educational.  Most of them, are going to everything but that.

We’re playing golf again today.  Enjoying the summer as much as possible.  Again, playing with commenter/contributor NickJ up in the land of cheese.  But worry not.  That’s why younglefty is on board now.  He’s got an NL East post coming up for you today and if you’re lucky, he’ll bring more.  We’ve prepared the usual and included a Phil Mickelson post, an SEC preview from a special guest contributor and a LeBron post.  We love the LeBron post.  People from Cleveland probably won’t.  In honor of our golf round, we give you Natalie Gulbis.  After the jump, Tommy Boy.

There’s a lender out there that is allowing you to pledge your soul as collateral. We did this to a kid in middle school.  Still have the piece of paper with Mike Lange’s soul on it……..Michael Jackson is getting buried without his brain? What the hell, man?  This story is like America’s version of Princess Diana……..Just in case you missed yesterday, McNair’s girlfriend purchased a gun two days prior to Saturday. And, he injury was fired at point blank range to her head.  So was one of McNair’s……..Ever wonder what the gap between the top 1% and the rest of the country is? Wonder no longer!……..Robert McNamara, architect of the Vietnam War, died yesterday. Many acheievements on that resume despite the debacle of Vietnam

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