Some random sightseeing around Stat City: Mike Trout, generic who many favor to be named AL MVP, led in only one offense stat: walks. He drew 116 BBs in 150 games. D’back Paul Goldschmidt was second – 110 in 158. Josh Donaldson was third – 109 in 155. The Pirates’ Starling Marte had most outfield assists – 17 in 114 games. The White Sox’s Adam Eaton was a distant second – 15 in 157.
Scanning the U.S. Senate playoffs, Real Clear Politics scoring gives Team GOP nine of 15 key races. Tentative bottom line: the Dem team gains two seats, four short of winning back control of the Upper House from the GOP. Dems (apparently) win Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. Team GOP’s apparent victories: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio.
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Transaction Talk: Two key 2016 Mets – Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker – are expected to walk away from qualifying offers. The Cubs and Orioles have not made one-year retainer offers to Jason Hammels andt Matt Wieters. Mark Trumbo has declined a Baltimore qualifier. The Dodgers have traded catcher Carlos Cruz to the Mariners for former Yankee pitcher Vidal Nuno. Two new manager signings; Tory Lovullo to D-backs, Bud Black to the Rockies.
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