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May 27, 2004
BASEBALL: Wolf At The Door

I'm not ready to write about tonight's Mets game, which completely wasted a brilliant outing by Matt Ginter, who threw six shutout innings at the Phillies. Let's talk about something else we'll see with the Phillies.

There's been a lot of attention paid to Dontrelle Willis' batting this year (not that his pitching of late has lived up to his bat), but there's another NL pitcher hitting the tar out of the ball: Randy Wolf, who's batting a booming .294/.588/.333 this season, after driving in 11 runs last year in 33 starts. Then, of course, there's Roger Clemens (4 RBI in 9 starts) and Tom Glavine (.263 and 3 RBI). (Brooks Kieschnick doesn't count).

At the far end of the scale, I'm not sure who's the worst hitting pitcher in the business; Al Leiter is pretty helpless looking up there, and his career line is .087/.107/.147 with 255 strikeouts in 469 at bats. But even worse is Ben Sheets. Hitless in 17 tries this season, Sheets is now batting .073 for his career, with an .078 career slugging percentage and a .118 career OBP. No wonder the Milwaukee staff ace is five games under .500 for his career.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:03 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Roger Clemens and Derek Jeter are both hitting exactly .200 this year. This is the first time this season that Jeter has been able to catch up to Roger in BA.

Posted by: chris at May 27, 2004 9:35 AM

If you watch Sheets hit, he's even worse than his numbers would suggest. The dude just can't swing a bat with any skill at all. He can pitch, though :).

Posted by: joe at May 27, 2004 3:56 PM

He had another great game today.
As long as he has an ERA under 2.5 (especially in Milwaukee's hitter friendly park) I doubt his teammates will care if he gets a hit. Just bunt the runners over & then get the opposition out.

Man, he looks great thus far.

OT, I guess any fantasy owners out there who took a gamble and brought up Daryle Ward to replace the injured Jason Giambi are giddy right now (can you guess who did just that?). :)

Posted by: Ricky at May 27, 2004 6:48 PM
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