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Stumbling A’s Not Living Up to Potential in July

Earlier in the season, if I’d been asked to choose a team that I thought was a dark horse contender to capture a division flag, it would’ve been the Oakland A’s of the AL West. Based on the numbers on their player cards, the A’s looked unbeatable: a trio of starters with PB levels of 2-7 (Matt Keough, Alan Wirth, and John Johnson), another three 2-7’s in the bullpen (Dave Heaverlo, Elias Sosa, and Bob Lacey), a squad that consisted of five A and B base stealers, and batting numbers for the starting nine that looked much better than their current fourth place, 51-55 record would indicate. But now, I’m not so confident with my prediction, and the A’s didn’t help themselves much in July by going 12-16, and suffering through a 6-game losing streak in the process.

On a positive note, Mike Edwards, Mitchell Page, Glenn Burke, and rookie call-up Dell Alston all hit over .300 for the month, with Burke leading the way at .337; all four are currently hitting better than .300 for the season, the only Oakland players to do so. Edwards also went 19-1 for the month in stolen base attempts, bringing his SB total to 52, and his steals of second, third, and home in one inning on July 27th was an SP78 first. Slugging DH Rico Carty has 22 home runs on the year, second only to Angels DH Don Baylor’s 30, and the team’s total of 124 stolen bases is third best in the AL. So why are the A’s struggling? Look no further than their pitching staff: starter Keough went 0-5 with a 5.27 earned run average in July, while Pete Broberg went 0-4 with a 7.78 ERA, earning himself a demotion to Vancouver. In addition, three relievers—Steve Renko, Mike Norris, and Craig Minetto—were all saddled with ERA’s over 7.00.

To take a look at the A’s team page and numbers through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

Yankees Finish July at 64-39 to Lead AL East

With a league-leading record of 64-39, a whopping 99 of 113 days of the season spent in first place, and two 5-game winning streaks to compliment an 18-win July, the defending World Series champion New York Yankees continue to dominate the American League, and with just two months remaining in the SP78 campaign, have a solid chance of capturing their second consecutive AL pennant, as well as back-to-back Series championships. And though they ended July in first place in the AL East, the second place Brewers are just five games back, and the Tigers just eight, so the Yanks still have their work cut out for them.

And to make matters more competitive, New York will face some stiff competition in early August, with games against the Rangers, the red-hot Bosox, the Brewers, and the Orioles. But the second half of the month will pit NY against a trio of second-division teams—the A’s, Angels, and Mariners—from the AL West, where the Yankees have dominated all season. And with Thurman Munson among the season leaders in batting average at .339, the bat of Reggie Jackson finally coming to life (10 home runs, 32 RBI, and a .337 average for the month), and starters Ron Guidry and Ed Figueroa currently sporting season ERAs of 1.27 and 1.89 respectively, this could be the perfect time for Bob Lemon’s squad to put the division away for good.

To check out the Yankees team page for results and numbers through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

Twins Still in AL West Race Despite Mediocre July

Thanks to a dominate 29-11 won-lost mark to open the season, the Minnesota Twins were able to weather an 11-12 June and a 13-15 July to remain in solid contention in the AL West, finishing the month in third place with a record of 57-47, just 6½ games behind the division-leading Rangers and 1½ games behind the Royals. And with an upcoming schedule that pits the Twins against sub-.500 teams in 22 of their next 30 games, they might find themselves sitting in first place—for the first time since before the All-Star break—by the end of August.

Hosken Powell (.306) and Mike Cubbage (.304) were the only Twins batters to hit above .300 in July, and though Rod Carew led the team with 32 hits, his batting average for the month dipped to an uncharacteristic .271. For the season, shortstop Roy Smalley leads the squad in average (.328), runs (67), home runs (16), and runs batted in (73), while Carew once again leads in hits, with 134. On the mound, Dave Goltz returned to his early-season form with a 2.61 ERA for the month, but a lack of run support left him with a 2-2 mark in six starts. Gary Serum went 3-1 with one save as a spot starter (and is 11-4 for the season, tops on the Twins), while reliever Mike Marshall saved more than half of his team’s wins for July, with seven. And July also saw my friend Joe S play his first-ever SP78 game, piloting Minnesota to an 8-6 loss to the Yankees back in 2012.

To visit the Twins team page for stats and results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

13-14 July Keeps Brewers From Gaining Ground

The Milwaukee Brewers ended the month of June in second place in the AL East, just one game behind the first-place Yankees; one month later, they were still in second, but had dropped to five games back, after a disappointing 13-14 July. With the Yanks still going strong in July, the Brewers really needed to keep pace, but instead they now find themselves not only in danger of slipping further away from first, but also losing their hold on second place to the resurgent Tigers, now nipping at their heels in third place, just 3½ games back.

Helping to keep the Brewers afloat was the stellar pitching of starting ace Mike Caldwell, playing in his first full season with Milwaukee, who went 4-0 for the month with a 0.68 earned run average and four complete games in five starts. His season record stands at 16-4, and with two full months left to play, he should be a shoo-in for his first career 20-win season, and possibly his first Cy Young Award. Also making an impact was reliever Ed Farmer, called up from AAA in early July, who finished the month with a 1-0 record, three saves, and an ERA of 1.29. At the plate, utility player Don Money led struggling Milwaukee batters with a .329 average, while starting in nearly every game at either first, third, or DH. Paul Molitor had 33 hits to add to his team-leading total of 111, and Gorman Thomas powered eight HRs to boost his season tally to 19.

To check out the Brewers’ team page for statistics and results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.

July Was Best Month for Persistent Royals

The defending AL West champion Kansas City Royals have not spent one day in first place in their division this season, yet they’ve managed to quietly remain within striking distance of the front-running Rangers and Twins throughout the SP78 campaign. The Royals finished July in second place with a record of 58-45, five games behind the Rangers and 1½ ahead of the Twins, and after All-Star MVP George Brett and ace reliever Al Hrabosky were placed on the disabled list in July, KC was still able to round out the month with a decent 17-11 mark, their best won-lost of the year. And with both injured players set to return to the lineup in mid-August, the Royals seem ready to come out of hiding and make a move for the West flag.

Before he was lost to injury, Brett led all Royals starters for the month with a .340 average, and tied Hal McRae for the team lead in hits, with 33; his 125 hits, 42 doubles, and 66 RBI leads the team overall. Amos Otis led the squad with just five home runs in July, and his 16 for the season ties Hal McRae for best on the team for the season. On the mound, Dennis Leonard and Paul Splittorff each recorded four victories for the month, and Leonard’s 14 wins has him on pace to win 20 for the second straight year. As for team stats, KC is 18-3 in shutout wins for the season, and has a perfect 8-0 mark in games where a team has scored ten runs or more; they also finished July winning nine of their last eleven games.

To take a look at the Royals team page for results through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all AL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked.