- That questionable (because I don’t truly understand its worth) stat called Win Shares, created by the greatest of stat-makers Bill James, is led by…Kevin Youkilis, still. In the American League of course. And in the NL the spot belongs to the red-hot Lance Berkman, with an incredible 15 Win Shares. Does everyone outside of Houston realize that Berkman has 10 stolen bases and has been caught only once? This to go along with his 1.212 OPS (OPS+ 214). His .381 BA. His .470 OBP. His…you get the point. He has been awesome this year, and has always been a great hitter. But he already has more base thefts than he has ever had in a season. And we are only a third of the way through the season. It takes a truly great year sometimes to show everyone what you already are, a Great hitter!
- Berkman also leads in the “Runs Created” category, not surprising since he has a significant lead in “Win Shares,” and of course plays first base. And that would mean that he can only add so much from a defensive perspective. In turn, resulting in most of his contribution coming from the plate. The leader in the AL in “RC” is Josh Hamilton who has been a pleasant surprise. Obviously the talent was there, but Hamilton was far from a sure thing to be hovering around the top of the leaderboard with all of his “personal demons.”
- So it is truly incredible that Chipper Jones is still flirting with .400. He has actually taken .400 out for a date and things are going pretty well. .422 is where his average now stands. I never rule anything out, but I was pretty confident, if I had to bet, that Jones would be under .400 by now. Since the last time I mentioned it in the blog I mean. I have heard one of the reasons why there has been such an increase in Chipper’s “Batting Average” and it could be due to the fact that he has said that he has learned to try and do “less” against good pitching. Realizing that it is of course more difficult to hit good pitching well. So apparently he has shortened his swing, and his mental approach to accomodate for who is on the mound. Because odds are, he isn’t going to hit Brandon Webb, or Jake Peavy out of the yard, so why not try something more within reason? I don’t think this is going to last, but then again I didn’t think it would have lasted this long either. But I want him to do it, I want to see someone hit .400, it is exciting, or will be exciting, since I don’t actually know from experience. And most of you would agree, I am sure.
- ERA+ leaders in the AL as of today are: Cliff “Dive into Greatness” Lee, Daisuke, Shaun “I’m not even sure what I am going to throw!” Marcum, Joe “my Dad Flip is on the brink of elimination” Saunders, and Zack Greinke. Not a single one of these pitchers I would have picked to be in the top 5 in ERA+ at this point. But they are all pitching very well, even if one of them is super-frustrating to watch. The NL top five, minus the cheesey nicknames: Volquez, Zambrano, Lincecum, Dempster, Cook. And yes, that is Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies.
- “The Gagne Watch”- He’s hurt and he’s terrible. That’s it.