Three Up, Three Down
Through Thursday, Figgy led the American League in batting average (.385) and ranked second with seven steals. And he continues to ripen with age, as evidenced by his newfound patience at the plate. Although Figgins has never eclipsed 65 walks in a season, he has the second-most free passes in the AL (13), giving him a the league's highest OBP (.487). Nowadays, it's tough to find a more disruptive, top-of-the-order bat in all of baseball.
Thus far the five-man outfield has been fabulously successful; every player has made a notable contribution.
With the Cardinals off to a unexpected 11-5 start, most of the credit is going to the surprising pitching staff and one-armed wonder
Mad Dog and The Rocket approached pitching differently, but their production is eerily similar. So who will be remembered as the best pitcher of the generation? Clemens used to be the no-brainer answer, but how will the public respond now that Clemens is caught up in the Mitchell Report and Maddux is still chugging away?
Valverde (12.27 ERA) and Borowski (18.00) have each blown two saves and have generally looked awful on the hill.
Now, let's be honest -- nobody is shocked by Borowski's blowups, especially not Indians fans. The closer got off to a similarly hideous start last season, posting a 13.50 ERA through his first seven outings. Even though he ended up leading the American League in saves, Borowski was never pretty. In fact, he became the first major league pitcher ever with over 35 saves and an ERA north of 5.00 (5.07 to be exact). On Tuesday the Indians placed Borowski on the disabled list with a strained triceps, and a large number of Tribe fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Valverde's collapse is much more of a surprise. True, the hulking hurler struggled with consistency from 2003 to '06, but he really turned the corner last year, posting rock-solid numbers: 2.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, .196 BAA. Though it did seem a bit curious when Arizona immediately dealt him (and his arbitration demands) to Houston in the offseason. Maybe the D'backs felt Valverde outperformed his ability in '07.
With Borowski on the shelf for a couple weeks, many expect fill-in closer
Since winning its first three games of the season, Washington has lost 12 of 13, thanks in large part to a stagnant offense. Entering Friday, Washington had one regular hitting over .300 (
Couple this with the pitching staff's 4.63 ERA, and you're looking at some awesomely bad baseball.
On Tuesday ESPN delivered an over-the-top coup de grace. After discovering that Tejada was two years older than he claimed, the show
Now, let me make one thing clear: I'm not defending Tejada's dishonesty. If he lied, that's wrong. And ESPN has every right to report it. But why couldn't it have reported the story with a bit of journalistic integrity? Why did ESPN have to dupe him into a seemingly innocent interview before completely flipping the script. Why? Because that's good TV. Not to mention that Farrey interacted with Tejada throughout the brief interview as if he were absolutely despicable. Yes, Tejada lied about his age, but let's not treat him like he firebombed a nursery.
• Kansas City starters
• Tigers slugger
• Last Friday
• Milwaukee hasn't had a Gold Glove winner since
• Is there a starting pitcher who gets out of jams better than
• New to the outfield, Rays CF
• Quite a week for Giants prospect
• Experience be damned -- the youthful A's currently boast the MLB's best road record (6-2).