Three-quarters of the way through MLB's regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are on a record-setting pace, and they're only going to get better as they head down the stretch. Los Angeles is currently 85-34, with 11 more wins than the Houston Astros and 18 more than their closest pursuers in the NL West, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers are on pace to win 116 games, which would smash the NL record for most wins in a 162-game season, currently held by two of the greatest teams of all time: the 1975 Cincinnati Reds and 1986 New York Mets.
German Marquez got hit hard at times on Friday night. Nothing like the shelling Milwaukee starter Matt Garza took, though. Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth leadoff home run of the season, Marquez won for the first time in three weeks and the Colorado Rockies beat the Brewers 8-4 on Friday night.
Roberto Osuna could have said he had a sore arm. Every pitcher does, at some point during the long season. His team could have checked him out and granted him a few days off, and by that time, maybe the symptoms would have gone away. Osuna is the All-Star closer for the Toronto Blue Jays. When the Jays did not use him in a closing situation in June, manager John Gibbons explained that Osuna was not feeling well. That might have been the end of the story, had Osuna not done something extraordinary the next day. He could have told reporters that, indeed, he was not feeling well. Instead, he asked reporters to share with fans that he was dealing with anxiety. “I wasn’t able to pitch for a couple