Ah, baseball. It’s finally time to gear up for another summer of doubleheaders, hot dogs, and goofy mascots dancing. If you’re a Phillies fan, you’re probably wondering what players will be the ones to watch this upcoming season. With the team finishing last in the NL East in 2014, unfortunately the Phillies did little to upgrade the roster this coming year.
Cody Asche, Third Base
Many fans might not realize the potential of this third baseman, but because Asche was out for a month last season due a hamstring injury, he did not have a chance to prove himself. He’s back this year and is ready to prove that he’s more than capable of being a big asset to the team. During spring training, he worked with Mike Schmidt on his hitting skills, applying what he learned in his game. Already this year, Asche has upped his average to .350.
Chris Davis cause quite a stir last week when he said he considered Roger Maris to be the legitimate home run champ. It came at quite an interesting time, as baseball was grappling with another PED scandal while he and Miguel Cabrera were creating their own drama with their bats.
Davis hit his 37th home run today, giving him the highest American League total in history heading into the All-Star break tied with Reggie Jackson. He also has a .315 batting average and 93 RBIs. Meanwhile, last year Miguel Cabrera powered his way to the first Triple Crown in decades, and he’s not about to cede any of his crowns to Davis without a fight. Cabrera is hitting .365 with 30 home runs and 95 RBIs.
The numbers for both guys are staggering, and this power surge is surprising as overall power numbers slumped in the wake of the steroids era. Now we’re seeing flashes of the Sosa-McGwire summer of 1998. Meanwhile, MLB seems poised to take down Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun for the latest PED scandal. Nobody seems to suspect Cabrera, who has established himself as one of this generations greatest hitters over a long period of time. But naturally some are questioning Davis and his recent surge.
With the Davis-Cabrera show and then a host of possible suspensions that could shake up all the pennant races, baseball fans will have plenty of drama to enjoy in the second half of the season. Baseball futures in particular should be interesting. How will the A’s react for example if Bartolo Colon gets suspended? If you think you know what MLB will do with guys like Colon you can find out more about real money gambling sites on this page. Baseball betting can be pretty tricky, so all of these changes can be very risky or a huge opportunity.
There should also be some interesting prop bets as well with the Davis-Cabrera race. The RBI race in particular should be a good one. Meanwhile, just how far can Davis go as he tries to catch Maris . . . or even Bonds?