Games the GMs really cared about 

June, 14, 2011
Most major league teams have played between 64 and 67 games of their 162-game schedule, which means there are still 95 and 98 games remaining. However, if your team is in first or second place on June 14, you feel it, you smell it, you crave and you want it. The game the GMs cared about the most the last few nights obviously were the ones involving the teams they are in charge of. However, there were other games that GMs probably cared about just as much. Here is my guess on what they were:

Brian Cashman, New York Yankees: He was undoubtedly scouting the Cubs' 1-0 victory Monday over the Milwaukee Brewers, concentrating on Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, who went seven innings of four-hit shutout baseball, striking out seven and walking only one. In his last eight starts, Dempster has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of them. The other game he should have been interested in was the Astros' 8-3 victory over the Braves, in which Wandy Rodriguez won his fourth game of the year by pitching six innings of two-hit baseball. Dempster and Rodriguez could end up being the two best starting pitchers traded at the deadline. The Yankees need to acquire one of them.

Theo Epstein, Boston Red Sox: Epstein should have spent his Monday reviewing the Nationals games this past weekend in San Diego, games that featured Nationals relievers Tyler Clippard and Todd Coffey and Padres relievers Heath Bell, Mike Adams and Luke Gregorson. All five of those relievers would help add depth to the Red Sox''s bullpen for the second half. In addition, Nationals starters John Lannan and Jason Marquis could be upgrades for the back end of the Red Sox's rotation.