Triple Crown, Cy Young and Wild Card Watch
Jose Reyes (.33079)
Cliff Lee (2.38 ERA, 232 strikeouts)
Braves lead Cardinals by one game.
Albert Pujols (37 homers)
Ryan Braun (.33273)
Matt Kemp: .32427, 37 homers
Red Sox lead Rays by one game.
Red Sox lead Angels by three games.
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Every National League batting race scenario you can imagine is provided by Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. My personal nightmare: Matt Kemp gets 10 hits over the next three games, but Albert Pujols homers in his last at-bat.
Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospectus has a good piece on Kemp, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Among other things, he notes that when "you factor in opponent quality and ballpark, (Kershaw) has done better against a slightly tougher slate of hitters than Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee" — a reminder that just because Kershaw has gotten to pitch against the San Francisco and San Diego offenses this year doesn't mean he's had it easy.
Orel Hershiser and Eddie Murray make Chris Jaffe's "Ten worst career-ending performances of all time" list at the Hardball Times.