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Sunday, May 30, 2004
Win Shares have been updated through Saturday's games. Here are the top ten National League leaders in Win Shares Above Average:
B Bonds SFG 13 S Casey CIN 10 M Lowell FLO 8 S Rolen STL 8 B Abreu PHI 7 K Griffey Jr CIN 6 L Berkman HOU 6 P Burrell PHI 6 A Dunn CIN 5 C Wilson PIT 5Three Reds in the top ten. Lance Berkman has been on fire lately. And no pitcher made the list (in the AL, there are three pitchers in the top ten). Randy Johnson is closest at number thirteen.
Wichita State came out of the loser's bracket to win the MVC tournament, beating Southern Illinois twice Saturday. The win puts the Shockers in a good position to be awarded an NCAA regional (sites and brackets will be announced today on ESPN).
WSU's Drew Moffitt, who had 3 homers and 10 RBI on Friday, plus a homer in the final game yesterday, was the tourney MVP.
Saturday, May 29, 2004
In my column on Thursday, one of the guys I talked about was Jon Knott, an outfielder in the Padres system. Well, yesterday the Padres promoted Knott to the big-league club. I'm a Dodgers fan, so Knott's success could hurt my team's playoff chances, but I'm still rooting hard for him. Keep an eye on him.
Friday, May 28, 2004
Wichita State slugger Drew Moffitt had the game of a lifetime today, with 3 home runs and a school-record 10 RBI. The Shockers beat Southwest Missouri State 15-1, and they'll face Southern Illinois tomorrow for the MVC tournament championship. WSU probably needs to win the tournament to be awarded a regional in the NCAA tourney.
Click here to see Moffitt's ridiculous box score line.
Good pitching matchup tonight: Tom Glavine vs. Dontrelle Willis in Florida. Willis has cooled since his sizzling start, but the veteran Glavine is coming off a near-perfect game against the Rockies.
Tom Glavine has built a successful career on an unusual talent: pitching in the clutch. For instance, in the four years from 1999 to 2002, batters hit .268 against when runners weren't in scoring position, but only .235 with runners in scoring position. I don't know of any modern pitcher with a comparable record.
When runners got in scoring position against him, Glavine's OBP actually increased from .318 to .345. So he was much more willing to walk a batter when threatened, but he became incredibly stingy with the basehits. Of the 87 home runs hit off him during this time, only ten came with runners in scoring position.
This year is different -- he's just been on all year. Batters are only hitting .193 overall, and .211 with RISP. Still, you can't help wondering if something will give soon. He's giving up line drives at a .201 rate, and the team's DER behind him is .792. Those numbers are almost certainly not sustainable over the full year.