Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Baseball Notebook Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Doug Davis limits to the Yankees to 4 singles in 6 innings and the bullpen pitches 3 hitless innings as the Yankees fall to 1-6 on this road trip. If this continues there will be a certain interested party known as the Boss who may greet them at the airport when they arrive in the Big Apple and he won't be there to ask them how the weather was on the road trip. This is not a good time to be Brian Cashman or Joe Torre. They have lost 8 of their last 9 games and will be going to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in their next series later this week....Braves have now lost 8 of their last 11 games and Tim Hudson is only starter not on disabled list that has a winning record. Chipper Jones seems now to be injury prone and has seen his average fall 51 points over the last 10 games to .282 before going on DL yesterday. This may finally be the year the Braves don't make the playoffs but with nobody running away with the lead in NL East they may still be in it to the end. It is not a good sign when your leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal is hitting .225 and has a .278 on base percentage.Now with Andy Marte being called up and being their star of the future it will be interesting to see how Bobby Cox will use him since Wilson Betemit is doing so well and hitting 57 points better than any other player on the current active roster plus has a .457 on base percentage which is 117 points better than Marcus Giles at .340 OBP....A's have rebounded from a 8 game losing streak to win 6 of their last 7 games and the starters have won 5 of those games with Danny Haren winning 2 of those games....Eric Chavez is almost back to normal leading the A's in homers and RBI's but he would like to improve on his .298 OBP and .377 slugging percentage. Nick Swisher has improved his average by 40 points since the 29th of May. Still don't understand why Charles Thomas is still on roster since he has only 1 RBI after 45 at bats...hitting .111 which also happens to be his slugging percentage. Their next 12 games will be against
NL East teams....Surprise stat....Brian Roberts is 2nd in majors in slugging percentage with .642 with only Derrek Lee ahead of him at .712. This is an earthshaking accomplishment for Roberts who had never had a slugging percentage above .376 in his previous 4 major league seasons. His 11 homers this season is only one shy of the 12 total he had hit in his first four major league seasons. Before this season started the only stats that stood out for him last year were the 50 doubles and 29 stolen bases and now he has a chance to join the 30-30 club with 11 homers and 13 stolen bases with the season a long way from being half through....Freak injury department....NL Rookie of the Year candidate Clint Barmes injures his shoulder carrying groceries and will probably miss 3 months of season. Barmes didn't want to wait for elevator so decided to walk up to the 4th floor then slipped on stairs falling on shoulder. This fall was not exactly on his things to do list for this season especially considering he is 26 and was having a very good season leading NL rookies in most offensive categories....Johan Santana struck out 105 in 83 innings while giving up 67 hits. Earlier this season he struck out 14 in 8 innings but didn't get the decision in a game that went 13 innings....Major league draft today....Major league baseball conducts its annual player draft today with little fanfare. Part of the reason for so little media attention is that there are so many high schoolers in draft who are little known while in football and basketball draft many of the players have been in hundreds of games on TV during their career and are better known names coming into the draft.

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