6. When I speak of the Mets, I generally don't speak well. "Behind the bag ..." and all of that. But as a baseball fan who enjoyed the hell out of watching Matt Harvey pitch this season, the news that he has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow was as crushing as it was when Kerry Wood or Stephen Strasburg received similar news not long after their electric breakthroughs. Here's hoping he's as back as soon as possible and as good as new.
7. I know, RBIs are overrated, a product of opportunity as much as anything. It's true. Still, it boggles the mind that Miguel Cabrera has one fewer RBI (130) than Joey Votto (61) and Carlos Gonzalez (70) combined, or one more than Bryce Harper (46), Hanley Ramirez (43), and Giancarlo Stanton (40) added together. He's all-time great, and he's still honing his skills. Amazing.
8. Amazing how much is yet to be determined in the American League East. The Red Sox have nine games remaining against the Orioles, seven against the Yankees, and three against the Rays. I believe in this Red Sox team. But pretty much any outcome other than crashing down to Blue Jays basement-level territory is at least somewhat feasible.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Yasiel Puig draws comparisons to Bo Jackson for his raw talent and imposing build. He's very similar to Bo as a baseball player and might be better if all the finger-waving ancient sportswriters don't drive him mad with lectures about the unwritten rules. But in terms of physical appearance, he reminds me of someone much more obscure who had a brief flash of greatness. Remember Rudy Pemberton? He hit .512 -- yes, .512 -- in 45 plate appearances for the 1996 Red Sox. Ultimately, though, he didn't play the part quite as well as he looked it, losing the starting job after just 70 PAs early in the '97 season.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.