C: Miguel Olivo (Colorado Rockies)
- .301 AVG
- .365 OBP
- 9 HR
- 30 RBI (tied for 1st among NL catchers)
Olivo has 30 RBIs in 176 at-bats, as opposed to Brian McCann’s 30 RBIs in 198 at-bats. Olivo’s numbers are all the more impressive when one factors in that he hadn’t been starting on a regular basis until Chris Iannetta was demoted.
1B: Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals)
- .302 AVG
- .422 OBP
- 53 BB (1st in MLB)
- 15 HR
- 50 RBI (3rd among NL 1B)
- .962 OPS
2B: Martin Prado (Atlanta Braves)
- .340 AVG
- .380 OBP
- 53 runs (2nd among NL 2B)
- 103 hits (1st in MLB)
If I hadn’t voted for Prado, I would have voted for Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds.
3B: David Wright (New York Mets)
- .291 AVG
- .380 OBP
- 12 HR
- 55 RBI (1st among NL 3B)
- 39 BB (1st among NL 3B)
- 19 doubles (1st among NL 3B)
- 12 SB (2nd among NL 3B)
Wright appears to have found his power once again; meanwhile, he continues to play excellent defense at the hot corner.
SS: Hanley Ramirez (Florida Marlins)
- .293 AVG
- .378 OBP
- 11 HR (1st among NL SS)
- 43 RBI (1st among NL SS)
- 13 SB (3rd among NL SS)
OF: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)
- .310 AVG
- .371 OBP
- 10 HR
- 46 RBI
OF: Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- .310 AVG
- .386 OBP
- 45 runs
- 15 doubles
- 18 SB (2nd among NL OF)
- 32 BB
McCutchen has been one of the very few bright spots this season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. I consider him to be one of the best outfielders in Major League Baseball, and I hope he someday gets the recognition he deserves.
OF: Matt Holliday (St. Louis Cardinals)
- .308 AVG
- .379 OBP
- 11 HR
- 35 RBI
- 20 doubles
DH: Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
- .310 AVG
- .405 OBP
- 15 HR
- 47 RBI
I was tempted to vote for Troy Glaus as the DH in the NL; however, Votto’s numbers were too great to ignore. Don’t be surprised if Glaus makes the All-Star team as one of the NL’s reserves.
SP: Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals)
- (10-3, 2.23 ERA)
- 1.00 WHIP
- 101 K
- 8.34 K/9
- 13 quality starts (tied for 2nd among NL SP)
Voting for one starting pitcher in the National League has to be torture. There’s pitchers such as Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright, Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Josh Johnson and Chris Carpenter. Nevertheless, I selected Adam Wainwright.
I understand that Ubaldo Jimenez has incredible numbers up to this point; however, Wainwright’s numbers are incredibly similar for the most part. In some categories, Wainwright’s numbers are better!
While Jimenez’s 1.15 ERA dwarfs Wainwright’s 2.23 ERA, both are tied at 1.00 WHIP. Both pitchers have three complete games; Jimenez has two shutouts to Wainwright’s one. Jimenez’s 88 strikeouts are bested by Wainwright’s 101. Despite pitching nearly eight more innings than Jimenez, Wainwright has fewer walks (29 walks to Jimenez’s 36).
There is no anti-Ubaldo stance on my part. If I were a fan playing favorites, I would have voted for Roy Halladay (whom I have considered for years to be the best pitcher in baseball). I firmly believe my rationale for voting for Wainwright is solid.
Hello fans. As promised, I am revealing my votes for this year’s All-Star Game. I select a starting lineup, a DH and a starting pitcher for both leagues. The difficult part of voting for the All-Star Game is knowing that one or two players who are deserving are left out in the cold. Such players in the case of my selections include David Price and Justin Morneau.
As I present my lineup, keep in mind that statistics are accurate as of June 23, 2010.
My 2010 AL ALL-STAR LINEUP
C: Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins)
- .303 AVG
- .333 AVG with RISP
- .380 OBP
- 39 runs (1st among AL catchers)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
- .327 AVG
- .353 AVG with RISP
- .409 OBP
- 60 RBI (1st among AL 1B)
2B: Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)
- .363 AVG (1st in AL)
- .378 AVG with RISP
- .412 OBP
- 53 runs (1st among AL 2B)
- 14 HR (1st among AL 2B)
- 50 RBI (1st among AL 2B)
3B: Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays)
- .303 AVG
- .380 OBP
- .916 OPS
- 45 runs (2nd among AL 3B)
- 52 RBI (1st among AL 3B)
SS: Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers)
- .276 AVG
- .361 OBP
- 46 runs (1st among AL SS)
- 19 SB (1st among AL SS)
OF: Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)
- .336 AVG
- .389 OBP
- 96 hits (1st among AL OF)
- 20 SB
OF: Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers)
- .339 AVG
- .383 OBP
- 17 HR (2nd among AL OF)
- 53 RBI (1st among AL OF)
- .996 OPS
- 93 hits (2nd among AL OF)
OF: Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay Rays)
- .310 AVG
- .369 OBP
- 56 runs (1st among AL OF)
- 25 SB (3rd among AL OF)
- 6 triples (1st among AL OF)
DH: Vladimir Guerrero (Texas Rangers)
- .323 AVG
- .365 OBP
- 15 HR
- 57 RBI (2nd among AL hitters)
SP: Cliff Lee (Seattle Mariners)
- (5-3, 2.55 ERA)
- 0.90 WHIP
- 7.76 K/9
- 8 quality starts
- 67 K
- 4 BB
Lee missed time as he started the season on the DL. While David Price (Tampa Bay Rays) is having a fantastic season, Lee’s numbers match up very well. Despite missing time this season, Lee already has three complete games and one shutout, as opposed to Price’s one complete game and one shutout. Lee also averages more strikeouts per nine innings (7.76 against Price’s 7.17). Lee’s incredible K/BB ratio seals the deal and gives him the nod over Price.
Ken Griffey Jr. recently announced his retirement, ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball. No matter how much I may try, words will never do justice to the greatness of his MLB career.
When I think of Griffey, I think of him as the face of Major League Baseball, just as Michael Jordan was the face of the NBA and Wayne Gretzky of the NHL. Armed with the sweetest swing in baseball and the innocent smile of a kid, Griffey was a great ambassador to the game. You couldn’t help but be captivated by Griffey’s personality and his play on the field.
How good was Griffey? Well, he retired with 630 career home runs (5th in MLB history). It is widely believed by many – myself included – that Griffey would be the all-time home run king if injuries had not caused him to miss so many games in the second half of his career.
162-game average (1989-2000)
From 1989 to 2000, Griffey averaged 140 games played per season while hitting 438 home runs! In addition to being the game’s most feared power hitter, Griffey won the Gold Glove ten times (1990-1999). Griffey’s peak years were between 1996 and 2000, as he averaged 152 games played, hit .290 and averaged a mind-boggling 49 home runs and 137 RBIs per season! Many experts agree that if not for a season-ending strike in 1994, Griffey might have become the first player to break the single season home run record (then 61 home runs by Roger Maris). Griffey hit 40 home runs in 111 games that season; the projection over 162 games would amount to 58 home runs. He was certainly on pace to approach the record that season.
162-game average (2001-2010)
As evidenced by the above numbers, Griffey still had power in the second stage of his career; unfortunately, his average was much lower and injuries often limited his productivity. Between 1989 and 2000, Griffey played 140 or more games nine times; from 2001 to 2010, Griffey managed to play 140 or more games two times (2007-2008). From 2001 to 2006, Griffey only averaged 92 games played per season. After the 2008 season, Griffey never again reached 120 games.
162-game average (career)
Griffey’s 162-game averages for his career are all the more incredible when you factor in all the missed games and limited productivity in the later stages of his career. It’s hard to believe Griffey only won the MVP once in his career (.304 AVG, 56 HR and 147 RBI in 1997).
Looking back at Griffey’s career, I find it to be a tragedy that he never appeared in a World Series. Griffey had been to the postseason only three times, appearing twice with the Mariners (1995, 1997) and once with the Chicago White Sox (2008).
Griffey’s career should not be tainted by the lack of a World Series title. I consider Griffey and Frank Thomas to be the greatest hitters of their time in the MLB. Although not as patient/disciplined at the plate as Thomas was, Griffey was every bit as dangerous to change the game with one swing and was a far more superb athlete and overall player than Thomas was. Griffey was the best player of his era and was the face of Major League Baseball; perhaps more importantly, he set these astonishing numbers in the controversial steroid era of baseball’s history and has never been linked to steroids or performance-enhancing drugs!
Griffey will go down in history as one of the greatest players of all time, the best player during the steroid era and have the reputation of “doing it the right way” during the steroid era.
Clearly, ballot-stuffers have no shame and are the very embodiment of what is wrong with fan voting. Fans of every team do it, but this year’s biggest ballot-stuffers appear to be the fans of the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite the slump Jayson Werth is in, I can understand voting for him. I also understand voting for Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley. But voting for Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino? I would vote for Victorino if his AVG were much higher. Victorino has played fantastic defense this season and has over 30 RBIs while batting either first or seventh in the batting order! If only his AVG were higher…
The absurdity of fan voting is exactly why it was foolish of Bud Selig to award home field advantage to the winner of the All-Star Game. Such a meaningful advantage falls to the hands of the fans, many of which are clueless and biased twits! I feel bad for the fans who do know their baseball and do vote for players that deserve to make the team. Their votes are being drowned out by the clueless masses.
As I’ve said in an earlier entry, I will vote for the players I believe are worthy of a starting spot at each position, including the starting pitcher. I will publish my final lineup on June 27.
C: Carlos Ruiz
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Chase Utley
3B: Casey McGehee
OF: Ryan Braun
OF: Andre Ethier
OF: Carlos Gonzalez
DH: Jason Heyward
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez
I know, everybody in Philadelphia (hopefully) knows and everybody in Toronto knows that Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. Nevertheless, I can’t vote for him in good conscience while Ubaldo Jimenez has an ERA under 1.00 at this time.
I was tempted to vote for Joey Votto as the DH; however, I couldn’t ignore Jason Heyward’s current numbers.
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Justin Morneau
2B: Robinson Cano
3B: Evan Longoria
SS: Elvis Andrus
OF: Ichiro Suzuki
OF: Carl Crawford
OF: Vladimir Guerrero
DH: Miguel Cabrera
SP: David Price
For the next few weeks, I expect David Price and Matt Garza to compete with one another for my vote. While Vladimir Guerrero has been the DH for the Texas Rangers, putting him in the outfield (a position he has played numerous times in his career) was the only way I could fit Guerrero, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Morneau into the lineup together.
I will publish my final lineup on June 27. At that time, I will finally cast my votes on mlb.com to vote for the position players I believe are worthy of a spot.
Less than 24 hours after Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League history (in a 1-0 win), the Phillies’ offense sputtered once again. Anibal Sanchez and the Marlins’ bullpen blanked the Phillies in yet another 1-0 game.
Jamie Moyer pitched an excellent game, allowing one earned run in six innings. Moyer has now lost three consecutive starts; he allowed only two earned runs in a May 19 loss to the Cubs. I lay the blame on the anemic offense. Prior to Moyer’s three-game losing streak, he had a three-game winning streak.
Jamie Moyer in last six starts
6.56 IP per start
Jamie Moyer during winning streak
7.11 IP per start
Jamie Moyer during current losing streak
6 IP per start
Jamie Moyer vs. NL East
Moyer clearly has good numbers during both his three-game winning streak and three-game losing streak. The Phillies are just merely struggling to generate any offense. I say there is no cause for alarm, as the Phillies are prone to hot streaks and cold streaks with the bat; however, I do empathize with the fans’ frustrations with the offense. It must be very annoying for the pitchers as well.
Jayson Werth is hitless in his last 17 at-bats; Werth has seen his AVG dip from .359 on May 7 to .295 after today’s game. Werth was 0/4 with four strikeouts in today’s game. I would recommend sitting Werth out for about two games and let Ross Gload play. Having a few days off might serve Werth well and give him time to work with the hitting coach.
Once again, the Philadelphia Phillies’ offense struggled. In their defense, they had to face Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson. The good news: one run would be all that was needed, as Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League history! Halladay struck out 11 hitters in his 115-pitch masterpiece. Johnson received a tough luck loss as the Phillies’ lone run was an unearned run.
Halladay’s incredible numbers only make those who criticized him or his pitch counts look more foolish than they already were. Halladay is used to throwing 100+ pitches in a game; Phillies fans should just simply relax and let him work his magic.
Very few tough defensive plays were needed tonight, as Halladay’s dominating performance gave the defense an easy job. Wilson Valdez, Juan Castro and Chase Utley made the only tough plays presented to the Phillies tonight.
Roy Halladay vs. NL East
- 20th perfect game in Major League history
- second perfect game in Phillies’ history (Jim Bunning threw the first)
The Philadelphia Phillies have won four consecutive games as they head into tonight’s second game of a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are first in the NL East with a 24-13 (.649) record, five games ahead of the Washinton Nationals and Florida Marlins.
Ryan Howard had collected only one extra-base hit in his last 60+ at-bats until hitting a grand slam in last night’s 12-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Howard finished the game with six RBIs. Jimmy Rollins returned last night, delivering with two hits. Rollins had missed the past 30 games with a strained right calf, which he injured shortly before the April 12 home opener.
The Phillies are 6-1 this season with Rollins in the lineup, scoring 7.86 runs per game and allowing 2.86 runs per game. Rollins has five multi-hit games on the season.
Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59 ERA) will start tonight’s game against the Pirates. Halladay has been absolutely dominant with the Phillies this season, compiling a 1.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP to date. Halladay also has three complete games and two shutouts thus far. Halladay is 3-0 this season at Citizens Bank Park with a 1.13 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and .207 AVG against him.
- J.A. Happ threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday and said he felt good. Barring any setbacks, Happ may be pitching from a mound soon