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Here's the thing. I'm watching one of these shows on the Cooking Channel featuring food trucks. There's a Scottish expat making fish and chips; in a thick brogue he somewhat wearily explains his irritation with Americans who habitually order a side of tartar sauce: "tartar sauce is basically gherkins." That's this blog. I claim no particular insight, no revelation. If you enjoy the flavor, great, but this blog is basically gherkins.

July, 2014 Athlete of the Month

Monday, July 28, 2014



 Novak Djokovic: Runners-up:  Jerome Boateng, Rory McIlroy, Vincenzo Nibali

      January - Kevin Durant
February - Malcolm Smith
March - Breanna Stewart
April-Meb Keflezigh 
May - Troy Tulowitzki
June - Lionel Messi
      July -  Novak Djokovic

7 down, 5 left in the race for 2014 Athlete of the Year. 

MLB 2014 - 100 games down

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

We're 100 games into the MLB season - here's the update.

AL East
Baltimore - 86
Toronto - 83

AL Central
Detroit - 90
Cleveland - 82

AL West
Oakland - 96
LAA - 92
Seattle - 84

That would mean Angels/Mariners in the knockout game; A's with the top seed.

NL East
Washington - 90
Atlanta - 85

NL Central
Milwaukee - 87
St Louis - 87
Pittsburgh 84

NL West
LAD - 89
SFG - 88

That would mean Giants/NL Central runner up in the knockout game; Nats with the top seed.

Here are the best players at each position through 100 games with their WAR (B-Ref+Davenport)

AL
C SPerez KC 2.9
    DNorris Oak 2.6
1B MCabrera Det 3.45
      JAbreu CWS 3.25
2B RCano Sea 4.25
      JAltuve Hou 3.4
SS EAybar LAA 2.85
      ARamirez CWS 2.7
3B KSeager Sea 4.5
      JDonaldson Oak 4.45
LF MBrantley Cle 4.1
      AGordon KC 3.65
CF MTrout LAA 5.3 MVP
      JEllsbury NYY 3.25
RF JBautista Tor 3.6
     KKiermaier TB 2.2
DH VMartinez Det 2.9
       NCruz Balt 2.8
P  MTanaka NYY 4.3
    FHernandez Sea 4.3 CY

NL
C JLucroy Mil 4.05
    DMesoraco Cin 3.1
1B PGoldschmidt Ari 4.55
     ARizzo Chi 3.25
2B DGordon LAD 3.3
     CUtley Phi 3.05
SS TTulowitzki Col 5.5 MVP
      JPeralta StL 3.2
3B TFrazier Cin 3.5
      PSandoval SFG 3
LF SSmith SD 3.6
     JUpton Atl 2.45
CF AMcCutchen Pit 4.7
      CGomez Mil 3.45
RF GStanton Mia 4.9
     JHeyward Atl 3.8
SP CKershaw LAD 4.75
      AWainwright StL 6 CY










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