All-star breaks are commonly used to split the first and second parts of baseball. This is always misleading – teams usually play about 90 games in the first half, dropping only 72 in the second half – this season is even more extreme as the All-Star Game will not take place until July 19, the latest being played in a full season since 1977.

With teams set to reach the actual center of their 81 games early next week, early March is a good time to look at key areas for the most intriguing storyline for a season that is currently in danger of not being played.

A look at this season’s ERA leaders shows a bright future for the game. Shane McClanahan, 25, a second-year starter for the Tampa Bay Rays, was the all-starter with a 1.77 ERA as of Thursday. Miami Marlins ’Sandy Alcantara was second on 1.95 – he’s just 26 years old. Seven of the top 10 were under the age of 30, the youngest of them being Alec Manoh of the Toronto Blue Jays, a serious contender for the American League Sy Young Award at the age of 24. .

And then there’s Justin Verlander. He played a total of six innings due to injuries, coming out of such a two-season game, Verlander, the 39-year-old ace of the Houston Astros, was third in the Major with a 2.03 ERA and was the first pitcher this season. To reach 10 wins. Perhaps most impressively, the second oldest active player in the Major was fourth in the inning. This will come as a surprise to most older pitchers after a long absence, but it is also surprising for the Verlander, a throwback starter who has topped the 200 innings 12 times.

Aaron Judge just keeps hitting home runs. Judge, the Yankees ’supersize slugger made a huge bet on himself this off-season, denied a विस्तार 213.5 million contract extension and began to feel like a career season. By Thursday, he had scored .286 runs, including 29 home runs and 59 runs, and led his team to the best record in the Major. Except for the disaster, it looks like the judges will pay.

The question is how many good things will come out of it. As of Thursday, he was slower than Bebe Ruth’s 1927 season (29 home runs in his first 75 games) and Roger Maris’ 1961 season (30 of 75). Whether or not you choose to see Maris as a legal single-season record-holder – everyone with more than 61 homers in one season has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs – is true that the judges have a chance to infringe on the Yankees’ franchise. .

Albert Pujols is wreaking havoc on the Farewell Tour record books and the old slugger is only hitting .198 to Thursday but still inspiring some smiles.

Pujols had chipped in 23 hits, trailing Eddie Collins and Paul Molitar to ninth on the career list. He added a total of 39 bottoms, trailing Willie Mess for third place. And after playing 40 games, he was ranked eighth by Dave Winfield, Barry Bonds, Cal Ripken Jr. and Mess in a row. If he adds 40 more games later in the season, he will overtake Stan Musical, Eddie Murray and Ty Cobb and finish fifth on the career list.

Unfortunately, Pujols’ goal of becoming the fourth player with 700 home runs seems to be out of reach. He is 17 years old and has no time or consistency to play.

The most valuable reliever in baseball isn’t close to his team – at least not officially. As of Thursday, Clay Holmes, the breakout star for the Yankees, averaged a 0.49 ERA in 36⅔ innings with 38 strikeouts and led all major league relievers with 2.0 wins over replacements. Despite that, he could soon lose his interim gig finishing games as Aroldis Chapman, a fireball left-hander whose salary is 16 times higher than Holmes’s, became active from the injured list on Friday.

Chapman, 34, qualifies for free agency this off-season, and Holmes, 29, as he recently enters his arbitration years, appears to have a succession plan for the Yankees – which worked well when John arrived at Mariano Rivera in his late teens. Wetland. But if Holmes continues to overtake Chapman, but continues to do so in the eighth inning, the next few months could be troublesome.

St. Louis Cardinals ‘Paul Goldschmidt and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout both won 4.2 more than the substitute on Thursday, while San Diego Padres ‘Manny Machado and Angels’ Shohai Ohtani won 3.9 each. All of those superstars were looking at Tommy Adman, the Cardinals’ midfielder, who, according to the baseball context, was somewhat inexplicably the frontrunner among all position players with 4.5 WAR.

Admin’s state line doesn’t jump. It was hovering at .271 with .341 on-base percentage and .401 slugging percentage. He was 19 of 22 in stealing base attempts, he had seven home runs and he was leading in only one standard category in his league: scoring, 58.

But the WAR includes defense, and Admin leads the Major with a 2.1 defensive WAR, an incredible 11 defensive runs saved in 43 starting at second base and 5 more at 30 shortstops.

Athletics have been building and breaking teams for generations. Back in 1901, he won 100 or more games 10 times, won nine World Series titles, but lost 16 times 100 or more games.

This year’s club are set to make 17 100-loss seasons, and while it’s not too surprising considering their off-season fire sales, the way they’re doing it is remarkable. As of Thursday, they were 8-28 at home, giving them the momentum to lose 63 games at the Auckland Coliseum, breaking the record of 59 home defeats shared by the 1939 St. Louis Browns and the 2019 Detroit Tigers. At least 1962 the Mets lost just 58 at home.

Softening the trauma – or possibly causing it – is due to the fact that not many people came there to see the damage. Each game ranks A with an average attendance of 8,358 fans. This will be the lowest average since 2001 and is about 1,000 less per game in 2019 compared to Auckland’s class AAA team, the Las Vegas Aviators.

The Yankees are the best team in baseball this season, in terms of record and run difference, and many years later they were joined at the top by the Mets, who traveled as the top national league team despite the injury to Pitchers Max. Sherzer and Jacob Degrom.

The Mets are disappearing due to the recent decline in crime. They have already been overtaken by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL, and the Atlanta Braves are once again trying to steal the NL pre-title.