THE MEDIA NEEDS TO STOP SCRUTNIZING THIS STEPHEN STRASBURG THING AND JUST LET THE TEAM DO WHAT THEY WANT. Or something. We talk about the Strasdown, the Dodgers struggles, the surprising Phillies question mark and the Rays/possible AL East clustertastrophe.

Plus, a Prop Hate first: an appeal! I counted 10 utterances of the word “shadows” on Sunday night but nobody else bothered to count. We need independent observers to offer their count before Parkes will drop his appeal and wear his punishment with honour. If you have MLB TV, take a gander at Sunday night’s first inning and drop your shadows count into the comment section.

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