Buster Olney writes that Mike Adams, a Texas native who grew up watching Nolan Ryan, is re-adjusting to life in his home state since his trade to the Rangers. Adams will be critical to the Rangers' success down the stretch.
Buster Olney writes that when Stephen Strasburg makes his return from injury this week, he will be a very different pitcher, in large part due to advice he received from Roy Halladay and Albert Pujols on how to attack his recovery.
Buster Olney writes that teams this season are much less willing to part with prospects -- and not just top-tier prospects -- than they used to be, creating a new dynamic in trade deadline discussions.
In the eyes of most evaluators, there really isn't much of a discrepancy in the NL East -- not when it comes to talent. For Philly, the real edge is that they've been there and done that. Is it enough to hold off Florida and Atlanta?
In St. Louis, Philadelphia and Texas, each a place where the postseason could visit, the managers are already getting their bullpen Rubik's Cubes warm, finding the right combinations for the closer position. The results aren't too bad.