The bar for the batting title is unusually low this 12 months — and that is creating wild races for the respect in each leagues.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the majors in hitting with a .321 widespread, and Trea Turner is atop the National League at .316. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the only time the leaders in each leagues had been at .325 or decrease was in 1960, when Dick Groat topped the NL at .325 and Pete Runnels hit .320 to win the AL title.

HEAD TO HEAD

The St. Louis Cardinals swept a three-game sequence in path of San Diego and prolonged their worthwhile streak to eight video video video games. The Cardinals lead Cincinnati by three video video video games for the second NL wild card. The fading Padres are actually 3 1/2 as soon as extra, together with Philadelphia.

With Jack Flaherty restricted to 14 begins up to now this 12 months ensuing from harm factors, 40-year-old Adam Wainwright is 16-7 with a 2.89 ERA for the Cardinals.

TRIVIA TIME

Turner is attempting to indicate into the primary Dodgers participant to win the batting title since Tommy Davis in 1963, and Harper is attempting to indicate into the primary Phillie to do it since Richie Ashburn in 1958. Aside from the Rays and Diamondbacks, who’ve under no circumstances had a batting champion, which present franchise has gone the longest since its final one?

LINE OF THE WEEK

Atlanta’s Eddie Rosario hit for the cycle Sunday in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. He was the second Braves participant to try this not too approach again. Freddie Freeman pulled it off Aug. 18 at Miami.

Rosario hit a double all through the second inning, a triple all through the third, a homer all through the seventh and a single all through the ninth.

COMEBACK OF THE WEEK

Philadelphia trailed 7-0 in path of the Cubs on Thursday night time after Chicago scored seven runs all through the third inning. The Phillies answered with seven of their very private all through the fourth and went on to a 17-8 victory. Chicago had a 98.2% chance to win all through the fourth inning, per Baseball Savant. But by the tip of the seventh, it was the Phillies whose probabilities had been north of 99%.

Philadelphia is 2 video video video games behind Atlanta atop the NL East.

HIGHLIGHT

Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman acquired proper right here up as a pinch-hitter Friday night time all through the eleventh inning in path of Atlanta, and he was able to hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to win the sport 6-5. San Francisco had tied that sport on a homer by Donovan Solano — furthermore a pinch-hitter — with two outs all through the ninth. The Giants had been misplaced gamers after they turned to Gausman, who hit a flyball to right house.

TRIVIA ANSWER

The Athletics haven’t had a batting champ since 1952, when the workforce was in Philadelphia. Ferris Fain acquired it that 12 months with a .327 widespread.