Appreciating one of the game's most underrated winners and more
Last week in this space, we took a look at baseball's biggest loser, so this week we decided to do a complete 180 and delve into the season and career of the man who does nothing but win. We also look further into the best non-signing of the offseason and a reeling team that just can't find any relief.
His Rockies, owners of the NL's best record since May 18 (58-37), are currently tied with the Giants for second in the NL West and are in the thick of the NL wild-card race. With a team-leading 14 wins, Marquis is a big reason why. On the surface with a career record of 93-79 and a 4.44 ERA in 10 seasons, Marquis doesn't seem to be someone that winning would follow around, but throughout a career that has seen him in a Braves, Cardinals, Cubs and now Rockies uniform, he's obviously been a good-luck charm -- and it hasn't been a coincidence. Since the start of the 2004 season, only Houston's
Morales places second in the AL to Twins catcher
Since he All Star break, Toronto pitchers have combined for a major league low four saves in 38 games, including only one for supposed closer
In a week when pitchers like
Honorable mention: Greinke, Wainwright,
The journeyman lefty specialist started off the week harmlessly enough by allowing a walk and a hit in three 1/3 of an inning appearances against the Red Sox in Boston, but once the Pale Hose got to the Bronx the wheels fell off. Williams allowed a 10th-inning three-run walk-off home run to Yankees second baseman