Sunday, April 30, 2006

Baseball Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous baseball thoughts and observations.

How about those streaking Reds? 9-1 in their last 10 and the best record in all of baseball. The bad news is their hot start still only puts them 1 game up on the Cardinals (and they would only be 1.5 games ahead of Houston for the Wild Card)... I really think the Rockies can win the NL West this year... You have to hand it to Moises Alou at almost 40-years old - he is still lighting it up in the bigs. The Moistest Alou is hitting .366 with 7 HR and 24 RBI so far this year... Also to give credit where credit is due - Derek Jeter has been off to a great start for the Yankees. So far Captain Intangibles is hitting .388 with 3 HR and 20 RBI's for the Pinstripes. As a Red Sox fan - I can tell you that the two Yankees we fear most in a clutch situation are Jeter and Matsui. I would much rather see A-Rod up at bat than either of those guys... Kinda strange to see the top two guys in runs scored in the AL be Travis Hafner (28) and Jim Thome (24). I mean these are two plodding DH type players. Where are the lead-off hitters?... John Thomson of the Braves leads the NL in ERA with a 1.32 mark but he still does not have a single win under his belt. I've always liked Thomson since his days in Texas but he always seems to get little run support... I was kinda surprised by the fact that Bill Mueller has more career RBI (491) than Trot Nixon (483). They both came into the bigs in 1996 but I think of Nixon as more of the RBI guy and Mueller as more of the runs scored guy (Mueller does lead Nixon in runs by over 150)

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