Fat Guy’s Corner

It’s all about the baseball


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

It’s Monday night and I am actually watching the Home Run Derby. Can anyone guess how many Home Run Derbys there have been? I am shocked that it is the 27th one!

Kauffman Field, home of the Kansas City Royals, is the host of this year’s All-Star game. What a nice ball park with the fountains shooting water in center field. Prince Fielder is smoking the ball as I write. The baseball All-Star game is the best All-Star of the four major sports and it ain’t even close. It’s the only one where the game is played like it’s played during the regular season. NHL, NBA and NFL games play no defense and are just a horrible watch, in my opinion. MLB will feature the best pitchers trying to get out the game’s best hitters. That is what makes it an awesome watch. I’ll be settled in on Tuesday night rooting for the American League to win. Remember, World Series home-field advantage is at stake.

Game seven in Comerica Park? Just dreaming a little folks. The Tigers need to make it to the playoffs first. The Tiger ace Justin Verlander will take the bump for the American League and start the ball game. I am looking for two scoreless innings from number 35. Prince Fielder will start at first base and Miguel will be on the bench waiting for his All-Star appearance. Let’s wish all the Detroit Tigers good luck in the mid-summer classic.

The Tigers closed out the first half of the season on a five-game winning streak. The negative is, it was the Twins and Royals, the two bottom feeders of the division. Detroit’s Delmon Young closed out with four home runs in four games. Delmon needs to continue swinging a hot bat after the break to take some pressure off of Miggy and Prince. The Tigs are two games over .500 and should be poised for a second-half run at the Central Division title. The White Sox lead the division by three games over the Cleveland Indians and three and a half over the Tigs. Detroit should win this division, as I look for the Tribe to fold in the second half and finish third in the division. However, the White Sox will not fade away quite as easily. I look for the them to fight Detroit tooth and nail to the finish in

September. Those Sox and Tiger games will be great watching and super important. Detroit needs to stay healthy and October baseball will be happening in Motown. Let’s look at the rest of baseball’s other division races.

The American League East has the hated Yanks on top of the division once again.

This is despite not very good pitching. Tampa Bay has been slumping and the Red Sox are no threat here in 2012. Baltimore, the surprise of this division for sure, sits at five games over .500. My prediction is the Yankees win it and Tampa finishes in second. The West is a two-horse race between the Angels and Rangers. Texas is up four games and has added Roy Oswalt to the rotation. The Angels got off to a slow start and so did King Albert and his large contract. I like the Angels to win the West. I like the pitching staff better than the Rangers’ pitchers.

The National League West is another two-horse race between the Dodgers and Giants. I love the Giants in this division. San Fran has great pitching and not much hitting. L.A. has average pitching and average to below-average hitting. Matt Kemp, Mr. Everything for L.A., has groin issues and might have them all season long. The Giants by three games over L.A. The Central Division leaders? The Pittsburgh Pirates? They are 11 games over .500. They have not had a winning season since 1992. Break up the Buccos. Cincy is only one game behind and St. Louie, 2.5 behind. Am I on drugs? Give me the Pirates to win the division. I need to stop sniffing the glue bottle. The East Division surprise is the Mets at six games over .500. It’s a shocker that Washington is also the leaders of the division. They hang on barely over the Atlanta Braves.

Strawberry sportscakes

Roger Federer wins his seventh Wimbledon over Brit Andy Murray. Serena Williams wins her fifth over Agnieszka Radwanska. Tennis anyone? Is it football season yet?

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