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Beg to Differ

July 18, 2011
July 18, 2011

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July 18, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LEGION OF ARMS
BASEBALL
GRAND TETON RESCUE
  • One year ago next week three parties comprising 17 climbers set off to summit the Grand Teton. Within hours one climber was dead and the rest were pinned down by lightning, setting off one of the most harrowing rescues in the mountain's history

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Beg to Differ

Halfway through a season, a team's run differential is usually a better indication of its level of play than its record. So when looking for teams that will rise and fall after the All-Star break, find the ones that have records mismatched from this core indicator. For example, the Giants are 52--40 thanks to a 25--12 record in one-run games, but they've outscored opponents by a mere 10 runs. That could be good news for Arizona (+9), which is in second in the NL West. On the flip side, the Reds have the third-best run differential in the National League, at +29, but a mediocre 45--47 mark. The Brewers (-1) went into the break tied for first with the Cardinals, but they and the surprising Pirates (+8) aren't the biggest threats to St. Louis (+26).

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