1. The current MLB standings this Monday afternoon
The Braves and Phillies are red hot (19–1 over their last twenty games) in pursuit of the Mets, the Yankees grow their lead, the White Sox are still in the doldrums, the Dodgers are stalling, and the Brewers are struggling (2–8 over their last ten games).
And here are the current power rankings:
2. Only two MLB teams have 40 wins and they’re both in New York
Bring on a revisit to the 2000 Subway Series.
3. The catch of the weekend: Rob Refsnyder
4. Giancarlo Stanton hit most awe-inspiring home run of the year
There’ve been some way-upper-deck blasts in the 460-foot range from other guys — but this one? He’s the only guy in baseball who can hit them like this.
5. This weekend in hitting for the cycle news
First, there was Jared Walsh in front of the home crowd in Anaheim, a big turnaround game after the worst losing streak in franchise history.
And then there was this, out in Idaho Falls:
6. The Braves have won eleven straight games
They’re still 5.5 games back in the NL East, but just like that they’ve chipped away at half of the deficit in just over a week.
And tonight they start a series against the last-place Nationals.
7. Aaron Judge continues his run as the best player in the league
More home runs this weekend, and he’s way ahead of the pack.
8. Here are this year’s 4th of July MLB hats
They look like those old paper cups with the turquoise and purple patterns printed on them — didn’t know how else to describe that, so:
9. The Yankees hit six solo HRs in the first five innings on Saturday
And the Cubs social media people had an unfortunate night (the tweet below came right before the home run barrage happened).
And then came this one, a homer on the most comical, absurd, pathetic pitch of the year — boy, the Cubs are in awful shape these days.
10. Ronald Acuña Jr. is in a new Snickers ad
11. Clay Holmes is very good at baseball
His career ERA is 4.08, and this year it’s 0.31 — somehow, some way, he figured it all out incredibly well.
12. And lastly, an insight into the world of baseball dieting
When you get to 40 wins and you find yourself out in Southern California, you can live a little.