first month of the Major League Baseball season is complete, and who is leading
the pack in the National League? The
Now here's the latest and greatest from the rest of the league from the past week:
One month into the 2006 season, the Mets appear to be for real and are looking to dethrone the Braves. That explosive offense powered by Carlos Delgado, David Wright, and Xavier Nady hasn't been the telling story; the pitching has. Pedro Martinez's 2.94 ERA is ninth best on the club's staff, though his 5-0 record is typical Pedro. The biggest difference in 2006 has been Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner. Sanchez hasn't given up a single run in 17.0 innings of work and Wagner is 2-0 with seven saves in eight opportunities. With stats like that even New Yorkers can find it in their hearts to forgive that home run to Barry Bonds this past week.
out, Jimmy Rollins. Edgar Renteria is back in the NL and has a
17-game hitting streak going. With the way Andruw Jones has been playing
lately, the Braves need Renteria's stick. Jones hasn't gone yard or driven in a
run since April 19. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson is trying to get
something going to remedy the lack of offense. The hurler tossed a one-hit
complete game gem against
Opponents are batting nearly .300 against the Phillies pitching staff, while the offense of brotherly love is putting up an ugly .260 clip. You don't have to be a math major to realize that those two numbers don't add up to winning baseball.
a difference a year makes. Chad Cordero has just two saves, because the
opportunities just haven't been presented. Even when Livan Hernandez
tosses a gem, he runs into Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals and gets a
no-decision. As if that wasn't enough, he has to deal with his team losing the
game. Tough luck in
might be a good thing that the Marlins don't have a whole lot of fans, because
this is going to be a long season in
is in the books, and guess who is the top pitcher thus far for the Astros? It's
not Roy Oswalt, and it's not Andy Pettitte. It's Wandy
Rodriguez. In six starts the lefty is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 25 strikeouts.
If he keeps this up and Roger Clemens decides to sign with the ‘Stros,
look out. But it's no surprise who is leading the offensive charge in
blew the save opportunity Wednesday last week against
an interesting month of April for the
just isn't quite himself yet. He was battered for seven runs on nine hits in
just 2.1 innings of work Tuesday against the Astros. His record fell to 1-3 and
his ERA to 6.64. Chris Capuano, on the other hand, is on top of his game.
The arguable new ace of the staff tossed his first complete game of his career
shutting out the Cubs Sunday and improving to 4-2 on the season, while dropping
his ERA to an impressive 2.36. For those tracking the strikeout challenge,
Geoff Jenkins continues to lead Rickie Weeks and NL Rookie of the
Month Prince Fielder by a score of 31 to 27 to 26. All three rank in the
top eight in the league with
a staff ERA of 5.16 (second worst in the league behind
reported 15-pounds lighter after suffering through a strange stomach illness,
Todd Helton started on the comeback trail in Triple-A Colorado Springs
Tuesday. Let's all wish him a safe return back. Even without one of the best
sticks in the game, the
Starting pitcher Russ Ortiz landed on the 15-day disabled list with a reported calf injury. In his last four starts, Brandon Webb has pitched into the eighth inning of each game and has earned four wins. Shawn Green finally has his average back up and is looking like his old self. With a 4-4 night Tuesday, Green is batting .319 and his two RBI in the evening might have only brought his season total to six, but that's four RBI in as many games.
Young pitcher Matt Cain is struggling with a 1-3 record. Veteran starter Matt Morris is getting suspended throwing at batters. And Jason Schmidt has the best ERA of the starting staff with a mark of 4.76. The Giants better hope Barry Bonds reaches both Babe Ruth's and Hank Aaron's career home run records this season.
Ricky Ledee landed on the 15-day DL with a pulled groin muscle Monday
night. The story of the Dodgers so far has been the struggles of big money men
Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal.
Padres sent backup catcher Doug Mirabelli back to
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