Fueled by a 26-4 run heading into the all-star break, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 61-29. The Dodgers hope to shake off their postseason demons and win the World Series in 2017.
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Still being under .500 doesn’t sound all that impressive, and that’s because it isn’t. However, the Orioles weren’t really in a position to be selling off everything for a rebuild: they needed to spend the deadline trying to improve themselves for 2018. They added Jeremy Hellickson to the rotation, which makes them better now — O’s starters are not good, y’all — and traded for Tim Beckham, who isn’t a star by any means but is a solid player who can help out around the infield, and also isn’t a free agent until 2021.
Baltimore still has a hill to climb here, so it’s far too early to celebrate. However, they can keep doing what they planned on doing, which is add talent to help them beyond 2017, and like with Beckham, it might even benefit them in the present. And in a race as tight as the AL wild card, where the Rays and Wholesale NFL Jerseys China Mariners and even the Angels still have realistic hope, that’s not a bad thing even if Baltimore’s poor negotiating Quality Cheap Jerseys is what brought them here rather than solid planning.