Three observations

• How do the Cardinals and Orioles get competitive balance picks and the Cubs do not?

• Colby Lewis and others should understand that, once in a while, a hitter is going to try to beat the shift with a bunt. Isn’t that better than giving up a home run?

• The Red Sox are the most disappointing team in the league right now. Many of the moves that worked last season have fizzled this season.

And two predictions

• New prediction for Trevor May’s Twins debut: Aug. 14.

• The Rays will hold onto ace lefthander David Price and make a run at the postseason.