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Dan’s Dugout: Questions for the Stretch Drive

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Because baseball is so unpredictable, inquiring minds are wondering:

• Will the pitching-poor Houston Astros blow an enormous advantage and give the Boston Red Sox home-field advantage in the American League playoffs?
• Will Chad Green continue to be the best reliever in a veteran-laden Yankees bullpen?
• Why are the Braves 2-13 against the Phillies but over .500 against everyone else?
• Can the Tampa Bay Rays right the sinking ship by igniting their silent offense?
• If Terry Collins retires as Mets manager, would Don Mattingly return to New York?

Terry Collins is pondering retirement after the season

Terry Collins is pondering retirement after the season

• Will Mattingly survive in Miami now that ex-teammate Derek Jeter is CEO?
• Once a lock for both awards, will slumping Aaron Judge be MVP or Rookie of the Year?
• Can the Chicago Cubs fend off the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers?
• Will Minnesota rally to complete a worst-to-first season in the AL Central?
• Is Clayton Kershaw a lock for his fourth Cy Young Award?
• With the worst record in baseball, will the Phils fire manager Pete Mackanin?
• Will CC Sabathia’s persistent knee problems hamper him in October?
• Any chance Greg Bird (Yankees) can do down the stretch what he did in spring training?
• Is this Pablo Sandoval’s last year in the majors?
• And how about Bartolo Colon?

Bartolo Colon is still trying to extend his career

Bartolo Colon is still trying to extend his career

• What idiot thought Dansby Swanson was a lock for NL Rookie of the Year?
• Will the Mets find takers for Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson?
• Can Giancarlo Stanton reach the 60-homer plateau?
• When will Montreal build a downtown ballpark suitable for a big-league tenant?
• Will MLB wise up and dump interleague play?
• Do the Royals regret not trading impending free agents before the July 31 deadline?
• Has Stanton passed Bryce Harper as frontrunner for National League MVP?

Little Jose Altuve could come up big in MVP voting

Little Jose Altuve could come up big in MVP voting

• Is this the year Jose Altuve joins Jeff Bagwell as Astros with MVP awards?
• If Joe Maddon retires, will the Cubs make a pitch for hometown favorite Joe Girardi?

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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