Chan Ho Park, RHP, Rangers A major disappointment since he signed
a $65 million deal with Texas in 2001, Park had one of his best
outings for the team last Friday, pitching seven innings in a 5-0
win over the Mariners.
Dodgers offense After finishing last in the NL in hitting (.243)
and runs (3.5 a game) last season, L.A. was on top of the NL West
and ranked third in the league in batting (.288) at week's end,
thanks mostly to catcher Paul Lo Duca (.512) and third baseman
Adrian Beltre (.362).
Jose Mesa, RHP, Pirates Run out of Philadelphia last year after
putting up a 10.50 ERA in the second half, he's been dominant in
converting five of five save opportunities.
Royals rotation The starters were the reason for Kansas City's
11-1 improbable start last season, but at week's end they were
winless in their first 12 games and had a 7.84 ERA.
Rich Harden, RHP, A's Since winning three of his first four
starts after being called up last July, he had lost five of his
last seven decisions. In his 2004 debut last Thursday, Harden
gave up six runs and 11 hits in four innings.
Mariners bullpen Five times in its first eight games Seattle was
either leading or tied through six and a half innings, only to
have its bullpen blow the game.