Three observations ...
• As controversial as he has been in recent years, Alex Rodriguez deserves credit for being able to take a year off and come back at age 39 to do the damage he’s done.
• Dallas Keuchel is the man, but that beard is hideous.
• Now the Nationals are looking like the team everyone feared at the beginning of the season.
... and two predictions
• The Yankees will be in first place in the AL East by the All-Star break.
• Bryce Harper will finish with 45 home runs and not win the NL home run crown.
La Velle E. Neal III