Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Andrew's Baseball Notebook June 1 2005

Juan Gonzalez almost lasted the whole top of first inning before being injured again. It is time for Indians to release Gonzalez....In a throwback to the old days Pudge Rodriguez wants to play through with a broken hand injury. That reminds me of Curt Schilling pitching in the playoffs and World Series with a very bad injury. Schilling may never be the pitcher he was before due to pitching with that injury but the Red Sox have a World Series Championship banner due largely in part to Schilling pitching when most pitchers would have not even thought about pitching in that kind of condition. Then on the other hand as I have mentioned before a couple of years ago Jason Schmidt refused to pitch on 3 days rest and watched from the dugout as the Giants were eliminated from playoffs that day....Yankees slide back into 4th place as they lose to Royals....A's finally win another game for a starter as Danny Haren pitches complete game giving up 5 hits and no walks. It was only the 2nd win for an A's starter in last 26 games. Not too much of a cause for celebration since they were playing the Devil Rays but still could help the team regain some of their confidence....Mike Hampton pulls a Juan Gonzalez and Frank Thomas by leaving first game back off disabled list with tightness in arm. 3 Braves relievers promptly give up 5 runs in 2 1/3 innings as the Braves lose to the Nationals....Padres record their 20th win in May as Trevor Hoffman picks up his 12th save during the month of May. It looks more and more like he will be the all time saves leader by the end of next season....NL East is only division in majors in which all the teams have losing road records....Astros are lowest scoring team in baseball with 182 runs scored while the best team in baseball is the Rangers with 279 runs scored. Devil Rays have given up the most runs with 310 runs allowed while Marlins are stingiest with 184 runs allowed....Derrek Lee is once again leading NL in all 3 Triple Crown categories while in the AL Alex Rodriguez is 1st in homers and RBI's but 4th in batting average....Derrek Lee is only player in baseball with slugging percentage over .700 with a .703 mark.

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