Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
May 26, 2004
BASEBALL: Around The League

*An auspicious start for the Mets' string of games against NL East contenders, as Steve Trachsel shuts down the Phillies. You really could not ever have asked more from Traschsel than what he's given the Mets since recovering from a rocky start in the first months of 2001. Of course, I'll believe that this is a contending team when I see it; more on that to come.

*Through April 20, Bobby Abreu, one of the Phillies' stable of notorious slow starters, was batting .108 with just two extra base hits. His numbers over the 30 games since then, actual and projected to 162 games:

StatsGABH2B3BHRRRBIBBSBAVGSLGOBP
Actual291164110193231237.353.690.460
Projected1576262215454917316712438.353.690.460

That's a month; in fact, that, my friends, is a ballplayer. Nobody gets less respect for being a great player than Abreu.

*Jimmy Gobble continues his experiment in not striking people out. Through last night's matchup with K-impaired Mike Maroth, Gobble has struck out just 13 batters in 54.2 IP, 2.14 per 9 innings. Gobble has showed good control and kept the ball in the park, but it's really, really hard to win with that strikeout rate.

*I forgot to link to this earlier, but if you have any way to help the son of the late Gonzalo Marquez find memorabilia from his father's career or the 1972 A's, Bruce Markusen tells you how you can help.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:37 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

He's definitely hot, but a four game series in Coors field tends to make everyone's projections a bit sunnier.

Is it just me or are there vastly more 'stars' missing a game here or there with some sort of minor strain than in the past?

Posted by: Ricky at May 26, 2004 6:18 PM
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