The year of the pitcher continued this past week as Justin Verlander threw the second no-hitter of his young career. Verlander became the second pitcher to throw a no-no this season along with fellow AL Central hurler Francisco Liriano. In addition to the solid outings by Verlander and Liriano, St. Louis Cardinal southpaw Jaime Garcia threw a near-perfect game against the Brewers.
After starting the season with a disappointing 2-10 record, the defending AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays stormed back to the top of the standings this week after winning seven of their past 10 games.
The Rays pitching staff has been dominant of late, and the return of Evan Longoria to the starting line up has given the club a much needed boost offensively.
The white-hot Colorado Rockies have been ice cold as of late, losers of seven of their last ten games, including three straight walk-off losses.
The Rockies’ woes stem from an anemic offense that has struggled to produce runs, including poor performances from Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.