Huff reaches first place, Stubbs makes a great first impression
This Week's Diamond Digits discovers some long-awaited relief in the standings for baseball's biggest loser, rookies who ingratiated themselves with their new teammates in a hurry, a pitching staff having a historic season and one of the greatest comeback stories of recent memory.
Although some would say it's a cruel assessment of the career .283/.341/.474 hitter, it's accurate to call Huff baseball's biggest loser. Since his debut season for Tampa Bay in 2000, no player in baseball has appeared in more losing games (758, tied with Colorado's
These are the 11 players who have played in at least 700 losses this decade (through Sunday):
Stubbs, known more for his speed than his power (three home runs, 46 stolen bases for Triple-A Louisville), stepped to the plate on Thursday in the bottom of the 10th inning against San Francisco reliever
• On Sept. 9, 1971, new Angels second baseman
• Indians catcher
• On June 20, 2003, Florida's
The Giants are known best for a rotation that includes
Is there a better comeback story this season than Carpenter, who for the second time in his career is overcoming a major arm injury, the latest of which cost him most of the '07 and '08 seasons? Last week Carpenter further proved that he's completely back, limiting the Dodgers and Padres to two runs, eight hits, and four walks in 15 innings while extending his personal unbeaten streak to nine (including wins in his last six starts) and pushing his NL-leading wins total to 14. Carpenter's 2.16 ERA is the best among big league starters, his 4.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio is fourth behind
By collecting one hit in 20 at-bats, Jones, one of the most productive hitters in the NL in the last quarter century, contributed little to the Braves' recent hot streak. One explanation for his NL-worst .050 batting and slugging average for the week was the fact that the division-rival Mets and Marlins are all too familiar with Jones' penchant for big hits, so they walked him eight times in six games. Yet he managed to score just three times all week while driving in only one run.