THT Daily: When all the Cabreras Hit Homers

Major League News for July 5

Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Game of the Day
Yesterday’s Home Runs
Top Minor League Performances
Player News
Stats


Yesterday’s Results
American League
TEX     9  TOR     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Padilla: 6.2 IP, 3 R, 10 K
TB      5  BOS     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Crawford steals home
LAA     4  SEA     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Colon: 9 IP, 0 R
DET    10  OAK     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
NYA    11  CLE     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Cabrera: GS HR, 5 RBI
KC      6  MIN     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     4  BAL     2    (Recap and Boxscore) Garland: 7.1 IP, 1 R

National League
COL     5  SF      3    (Recap and Boxscore) Fogg: 7 IP, 2 R; Alfonzo: 3-4, 2 HR
SD      6  PHI     3    (Recap and Boxscore) Greene: 3R GW HR
ATL    14  STL     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Renteria: 3 RS; Chipper: 3 RBI
NYN     5  PIT     0    (Recap and Boxscore) El Duque: 7 IP, 0 R
FLA    18  WAS     9    (Recap and Boxscore) Most runs in RFK history
MIL     6  CIN     5    (Recap and Boxscore) 13 innings
LAN     5  ARI     4    (Recap and Boxscore) Penny: 7 IP, 2 R
CHN     1  HOU     0    (Recap and Boxscore) Marshall: 7 IP, 0 R; Oswalt: 9 IP, 1 R


Today’s Games
Visitors                         Home                              Time
FLA - Sanchez A. (1-0, 6.30)     WAS - Hernandez L. (6-8, 5.46)     1:05
NYY - Johnson R.* (9-7, 5.25)    CLE - Lee C.* (8-5, 4.69)          7:05
SD - Park C. (5-4, 4.32)         PHI - Madson R. (8-5, 5.71)        7:05
PIT - Gorzelanny T.* (0-0, 3.60) NYM - Trachsel S. (7-4, 4.70)      7:10
BOS - Wakefield T. (6-8, 3.90)   TB - Shields J. (4-1, 4.39)        7:15
CIN - Mays J. (0-1, 5.50)        ATL - Hudson T. (6-8, 4.57)        7:35
BAL - Ortiz R. (0-0, 6.23)       CWS - Vazquez J. (8-4, 5.15)       8:05
CHC - Maddux G. (7-8, 5.00)      MIL - Capuano C.* (9-4, 3.45)      8:05
STL - Ponson S. (4-3, 5.60)      HOU - Buchholz T. (5-6, 5.36)      8:05
TOR - Taubenheim T. (1-4, 3.98)  KC - Redman M.* (5-4, 5.59)        8:10
LAA - Escobar K. (6-9, 3.84)     OAK - Loaiza E. (3-5, 6.39)       10:05
SF - Cain M. (6-6, 5.05)         LAD - Hendrickson M.* (0-1, 1.80) 10:10


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and gray bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength.

Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.

American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     50  32 .610    0.0   47      3      
NYA     47  35 .573    3.0   47      0      
TOR     47  37 .560    4.0   46      1      
BAL     39  47 .453   13.0   38      1      
TB      38  47 .447   13.5   36      2      
American League Central
DET     57  28 .671    0.0   55      2      
CHA     55  29 .655    1.5   52      3      
MIN     46  37 .554   10.0   44      2      
CLE     39  44 .470   17.0   46     -7      
KC      29  54 .349   27.0   29      0      
American League West
OAK     44  40 .524    0.0   41      3      
TEX     43  42 .506    1.5   44     -1      
SEA     42  44 .488    3.0   44     -2      
LAA     40  44 .476    4.0   41     -1      

National League East         Pwins Diff
NYN     50  34 .595    0.0   48      2      
PHI     38  45 .458   11.5   38      0      
FLA     36  45 .444   12.5   41     -5      
ATL     37  48 .435   13.5   41     -4      
WAS     37  49 .430   14.0   37      0      
National League Central
STL     45  38 .542    0.0   42      3      
CIN     44  41 .518    2.0   41      3      
MIL     43  43 .500    3.5   37      6      
HOU     42  43 .494    4.0   40      2      
CHN     31  53 .369   14.5   32     -1      
PIT     29  57 .337   17.5   38     -9      
National League West
SD      44  40 .524    0.0   44      0      
LAN     44  40 .524    0.0   47     -3      
COL     44  40 .524    0.0   44      0      
SF      43  42 .506    1.5   44     -1      
ARI     40  45 .471    4.5   40      0      


Game of the Day

Rickie Weeks gave and took away yesterday as the Brewers beat the Reds, 6-5 in 13 innings. Weeks made a mental blunder in the top of the 13th when he allowed Juan Castro to score from second on a sacrifice bunt. But he redeemed himself with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 13th to plate the winning runs for the Brewers. It was the Brewers’ ninth walk-off victory of the season and 16th win in their last at-bat.

Adam Dunn had put the Reds ahead in the top of the tenth with a home run, but the Brewers’ Geoff Jenkins returned the favor in the bottom of the inning.

CINCINNATI (5) VS MILWAUKEE (6) - FINAL IN 13 INNINGS 

CINCINNATI             ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
R Freel 2b-3b-lf        5  0  0  0   0  1   3  .291
F Lopez ss              5  0  1  0   1  1   1  .269
K Griffey Jr cf         6  1  1  0   0  1   3  .255
A Dunn lf               5  1  1  1   0  2   2  .233
 J Castro 3b            1  1  1  0   0  0   0  .308
R Aurilia 3b-1b         4  1  1  0   1  0   0  .263
S Hatteberg 1b          3  1  2  2   0  0   0  .302
 b-B Phillips ph-2b     3  0  1  0   0  0   0  .322
A Kearns rf             5  0  1  1   1  1   3  .273
J LaRue c               4  0  1  0   0  2   2  .180
E Ramirez p             1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .150
 a-Q McCracken ph       1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .208
 D Weathers p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 K Mercker p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-J Valentin ph        1  0  0  0   0  0   2  .209
 T Coffey p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 d-D Ross ph            1  0  0  0   0  1   1  .307
 E Yan p                0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 B Shackelford p        0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Standridge p         0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000

Totals                 45  5 10  4   3  9  17

a-grounded to second for E Ramirez in the 7th;  b-doubled to deep left for S 
Hatteberg in the 9th;  c-lined out to right for K Mercker in the 9th;  d-struck 
out looking for T Coffey in the 11th.

BATTING: 2B - K Griffey Jr (11, C Villanueva); R Aurilia (15, C Villanueva); S 
Hatteberg (18, C Villanueva); B Phillips (13, M Wise); J Castro (2, J 
Gonzalez). 3B - A Kearns (1, C Villanueva). HR - A Dunn (27, 10th inning off D 
Turnbow 0 on, 2 Out). S - R Aurilia , E Ramirez. RBI - S Hatteberg 2 (26), A 
Kearns (50), A Dunn (55). 2-out RBI - A Dunn. Runners left in scoring position, 
2 out - D Ross 1, F Lopez 1, K Griffey Jr 1, R Freel 2. GIDP - A Kearns. Team 
LOB - 8. 
 
BASERUNNING: SB - R Freel (19, 2nd base off C Villanueva/D Miller), A Kearns 
(7, 2nd base off D Kolb/D Miller). CS - A Kearns (1, Home by J Capellan/D 
Miller). 
 
FIELDING: DP: 2 (R Aurilia-J LaRue-S Hatteberg, F Lopez-B Phillips-R 
Aurilia). 

MILWAUKEE              ab  r  h rbi bb so lob   avg
R Weeks 2b              5  1  3  3   2  0   2  .278
B Hall ss               6  1  2  1   0  0   6  .274
G Jenkins rf            5  1  3  1   1  1   0  .265
C Lee lf                5  0  1  1   1  0   4  .284
P Fielder 1b            6  0  0  0   0  3   3  .271
C Koskie 3b             4  0  0  0   0  2   0  .261
 M Wise p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 D Turnbow p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 b-B Clark ph           1  0  0  0   0  0   0  .270
 D Kolb p               0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 R Helling p            0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 c-C Barnwell ph        1  0  0  0   0  1   2  .154
 J Gonzalez p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
D Miller c              6  1  2  0   0  1   0  .276
G Gross cf              4  2  1  0   1  0   0  .265
C Villanueva p          1  0  0  0   0  0   2  .000
 J Capellan p           0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 a-C Hart ph            1  0  1  0   0  0   0  .326
 B Shouse p             0  0  0  0   0  0   0  .000
 J Cirillo 3b           3  0  3  0   0  0   0  .346

Totals                 48  6 16  6   5  8  19

a-singled to center for J Capellan in the 7th;  b-flied out to center for D 
Turnbow in the 10th;  c-struck out swinging for R Helling in the 12th.

BATTING: 2B - B Hall 2 (23, D Weathers, E Ramirez); D Miller (21, E Ramirez); J 
Cirillo 2 (7, T Coffey, E Yan). 3B - R Weeks (3, E Ramirez). HR - G Jenkins (8, 
10th inning off T Coffey 0 on, 0 Out). S - C Villanueva. RBI - R Weeks 3 (29), 
B Hall (41), C Lee (70), G Jenkins (49). 2-out RBI - C Lee. Runners left in 
scoring position, 2 out - B Hall 2, C Barnwell 1, R Weeks 1. GIDP - C Lee, B 
Hall. Team LOB - 13. 
 
BASERUNNING: CS - R Weeks (5, 2nd base by E Ramirez/J LaRue). 
 
FIELDING: E - D Miller (1, throw). DP: 1 (C Villanueva-R Weeks-P Fielder). 

----------------------------------------------------
    CINCINNATI      - 000 102 000 100 1  --   5
    MILWAUKEE       - 003 000 000 100 2  --   6

No outs when winning run scored.
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CINCINNATI                   ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
E Ramirez                     6       7   3   3   1   2   0   4.14
D Weathers                    1       2   0   0   1   0   0   5.45
K Mercker                     1       0   0   0   0   3   0   5.32
T Coffey                      2       2   1   1   1   1   1   3.05
E Yan                         1 1/3   2   0   0   1   0   0   3.86
B Shackelford                   1/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   7.71
J Standridge (L, 1-1)           1/3   3   2   2   1   1   0   4.76

MILWAUKEE                    ip       h   r  er  bb  so  hr    era
C Villanueva                  5 1/3   7   3   3   2   4   0   4.61
J Capellan                    1 2/3   0   0   0   0   1   0   4.11
B Shouse                      1       0   0   0   0   0   0   2.50
M Wise                          2/3   1   0   0   0   1   0   4.60
D Turnbow                     1 1/3   1   1   1   0   0   1   4.78
D Kolb                        1       0   0   0   1   1   0   5.79
R Helling                     1       0   0   0   0   2   0   6.57
J Gonzalez (W, 2-0)           1       1   1   1   0   0   0   4.79

J Standridge pitched to 4 batters in the 13th.

WP - D Turnbow. HBP - G Gross (by E Ramirez); R Freel (by C Villanueva); J 
LaRue (by M Wise). Pitches-strikes: E Ramirez 92-58; D Weathers 15-8; K Mercker 
18-12; T Coffey 32-18; E Yan 21-13; B Shackelford 3-3; J Standridge 16-10; C 
Villanueva 107-67; J Capellan 20-12; B Shouse 12-7; M Wise 16-9; D Turnbow 
19-10; D Kolb 16-9; R Helling 14-9; J Gonzalez 13-10. Ground balls-fly balls: E 
Ramirez 8-7; D Weathers 3-0; K Mercker 0-0; T Coffey 3-2; E Yan 0-4; B 
Shackelford 0-0; J Standridge 0-0; C Villanueva 10-2; J Capellan 1-2; B Shouse 
0-3; M Wise 0-1; D Turnbow 2-2; D Kolb 2-0; R Helling 0-1; J Gonzalez 1-2. 
Batters faced: E Ramirez 26; D Weathers 5; K Mercker 3; T Coffey 8; E Yan 7; B 
Shackelford 1; J Standridge 5; C Villanueva 25; J Capellan 4; B Shouse 3; M 
Wise 4; D Turnbow 5; D Kolb 4; R Helling 3; J Gonzalez 4. 
 
UMPIRES: HP--Jeff Kellogg. 1B--Jerry Meals. 2B--Andy Fletcher. 3B--Mike 
Reilly. 

T--4:19. Att--19,651. 
Weather: 73 degrees, clear. Wind: 11 mph, left to right.



Yesterday’s Home Runs

The following stats are provided by Hit Tracker, which logs the projected distance of each home run (if it were to land uninterrupted at field level) and its “standard” distance, which is corrected for weather conditions.

Hitter                    Pitcher                   True Dist  Std. Dist.  HR #
Young, Michael     TEX    Janssen, Casey    TOR         437        434       6
Inge, Brandon      DET    Saarloos, Kirk    OAK         398        425      17
Luna, Hector       STL    James, Chuck      ATL         435        423       4
Jenkins, Geoff     MIL    Coffey, Todd      CIN         418        415       8
Broussard, Ben     CLE    Mussina, Mike     NYY         392        410      11
Cabrera, Melky     NYY    Byrd, Paul        CLE         386        407       3
Barajas, Rod       TEX    Speier, Justin    TOR         410        406       7
Cabrera, Miguel    FLA    O'Connor, Michael WAS         412        405      14
Thorman, Scott     ATL    Hancock, Josh     STL         420        404       1
Willingham, Josh   FLA    O'Connor, Michael WAS         414        404      10
Hudson, Orlando    ARI    Penny, Brad       LAD         422        403       7
Varitek, Jason     BOS    Corcoran, Tim     TB          400        399       9
Hollandsworth, ToddCLE    Mussina, Mike     NYY         380        398       6
Kinsler, Ian       TEX    Janssen, Casey    TOR         396        395       7
Dunn, Adam         CIN    Turnbow, Derrick  MIL         395        391      27
Quinlan, Robb      LAA    Moyer, Jamie      SEA         409        385       4
Blalock, Hank      TEX    Janssen, Casey    TOR         387        384      12
Catalanotto, Frank TOR    Padilla, Vicente  TEX         384        380       6
Monroe, Craig      DET    Saarloos, Kirk    OAK         398        379      12
Ethier, Andre      LAD    Vargas, Claudio   ARI         400        378       6
Rolen, Scott       STL    James, Chuck      ATL         379        377      13
Peavy, Jake        SD     Mathieson, Scott  PHI         384        373       1
Alfonzo, Eliezer   SF     Fogg, Josh        COL         421        371       4
Alfonzo, Eliezer   SF     Fuentes, Brian    COL         413        369       5
Kielty, Bobby      OAK    Rogers, Kenny     DET         385        365       3
Scutaro, Marco     OAK    Rogers, Kenny     DET         372        358       1
Holliday, Matt     COL    Wright, Jamey     SF          401        355      16
Cabrera, Orlando   LAA    Moyer, Jamie      SEA         376        355       6
Feliz, Pedro       SF     Fogg, Josh        COL         406        345      15
Greene, Khalil     SD     Gordon, Tom       PHI         354        341      11


Top Minor League Games

The following list, provided by First Inning, includes the top minor league batting (based on Runs Created) and pitching (based on Game Score) performances from yesterday.

ORG LVL PLAYER            POS AB  H 2B 3B HR BB SO  Notes
ARI A+  Brandon Burgess    3B  4  3  1  0  1  0  1   
BOS A   Jay Johnson        CF  5  3  0  0  2  0  2   
CIN AA  Aaron Herr         3B  7  4  1  0  1  0  2  .515 OBP during past week
CLE AAA Jason Dubois       DH  3  3  0  0  1  0  0   
DET AAA Josh Phelps        1B  3  3  0  0  1  0  0   
DET A   Justin Justice     LF  4  3  1  0  1  0  0  4 RBI
HOU A-  Eric Taylor        1B  4  3  1  1  0  0  0   
LAA AAA Mike Eylward       3B  4  3  0  0  1  0  0  4 RBI
PHI AAA Michael Bourn      CF  3  3  0  1  0  0  0   
SF  A   Eugenio Velez      2B  5  4  1  0  0  1  0  3 runs scored
 
ORG LVL PLAYER             IP   H  R ER SO BB HR  Notes
ARI AA  Garrett Mock       7.2  4  0  0  7  3  0   
CLE A-  Nick Pesco         6.0  4  0  0  7  0  0   
CLE A   Thomas Cowley      6.0  1  1  1  7  0  1   
DET AAA Jordan Tata        7.0  3  0  0  3  2  0   
HOU AAA Jason Hirsh        6.0  1  0  0  7  1  0  1.13 ERA over past month
HOU A   Thomas Fairchild   7.0  5  1  1  8  1  0   
KC  AA  Junior Herndon     8.0  6  1  0  2  0  0   
LAA AA  Jose Arredondo     9.0  5  0  0  8  2  0   
MIN A   Ryan Mullins       9.0  4  0  0  6  1  0   
MIN AA  Matt Garza         8.0  5  0  0  9  0  0 


Player News

Player news items are provided by CBS SportsLine.com.

The Los Angeles Angels traded disappointing right-hander Jeff Weaver to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Terry Evans. Evans was drafted in the 47th round by St. Louis in 2001.

Before Wednesday’s game at Colorado, Barry Bonds‘ personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was held in contempt of court and taken to prison for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury investigation that’s looking into Bonds for perjury. Bonds, who was 1-for-4, had no comment.

The Brewers designated backup catcher Chad Moeller for assignment and sent starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva to Class AAA Nashville. To take their roster spots, the Brewers recalled left-hander Dana Eveland and will purchase the contract of catcher Mike Rivera.

The Mets recorded all their runs and all four of their hits in the first inning of a 5-0 victory over the Pirates. Over the last 40 years, only one other team scored as many as five runs in a game in which it didn’t get a hit after the first inning: the A’s in an 8-4 win over the Blue Jays in 1994. (Source: Elias)

Florida’s Yusmeiro Petit (1-1) got the win in his first major league start even though he allowed four runs in the first inning on Wednesday at Washington. Petit gave up hits to the first five batters he faced, then settled down to last six innings with only one more run. According to Elias, only one other pitcher in the last 75 years won his first MLB start after yielding four or more runs in the first inning, and that was in 1961 (Howie Koplitz of the Tigers).

Chuck James won his third straight start, the first Braves’ rookie to do that since Rick Behenna 26 years ago, and Atlanta matched its season high for runs in beating St. Louis 14-4.

Craig Biggio has 630 doubles, ninth on the all-time list and 10 behind Honus Wagner. He has four straight multi-hit games and 22 this season after going 3-for-5 on Wednesday against the Cubs.

Speedy Carl Crawford put on a dazzling offensive show, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 5-2 victory over Boston, their third straight over the Red Sox. Crawford singled twice, drove in two runs and stole three bases — including home in the fourth inning — to became the eighth player in major league history with 200 steals before age 25.

Mike Mussina (10-3) showed no ill effects from a slight groin pull in a win over Cleveland on Wednesday. Mussina allowed three runs and five hits in six sharp innings. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the right-hander is the only pitcher in AL history to win at least 10 games in 15 consecutive seasons.

Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career homer Wednesday for the Padres.

Seattle Mariners starting center fielder Jeremy Reed will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair his broken right thumb and will be out for eight weeks, the team said. Reed was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday after injuring himself while diving for a ball in a game on Sunday. He saw a hand specialist, Dr. Carlton Keck, of Seattle on Wednesday and Keck recommended the surgery. Keck will perform the operation in which a plate will be placed in Reed’s injured thumb.

The Yankees purchased the contract of right-hander Kris Wilson from the Triple-A Columbus. Wilson gives New York 13 pitchers and Torre another option in his well-worn bullpen.

In need of outfielders, the New York Yankees claimed veteran Aaron Guiel off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday and sent Kevin Reese to Triple-A Columbus. Reese is headed back to the minors following his second stint with New York. He batted .417 (5-for-12) with one RBI in 10 games. The Yankees have released non-roster DH Erubiel Durazo.

Chris Reitsma learned he will need season-ending surgery on Wednesday. Reitsma has sought a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on July 17, Porter said. Porter said Andrews will help determine if Reitsma needs Tommy John surgery, which would keep the right-hander out for a year, or an ulnar nerve transposition procedure, which would keep him out about six months. “He’s going to have surgery, for sure, season-ending surgery,” Porter said. “But at this point we don’t know exactly what he’s going to have yet. There’s still some question marks.”

Third baseman Chipper Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves lineup on Wednesday. Jones and the team’s medical staff were encouraged after his visit Wednesday with Dr. John Gleason, an Atlanta foot specialist who also worked with the third baseman last season. Earlier reads of Jones’ MRI showed he had a partial tear of the plantar plate of his right second toe and an inflamed ligament. Gleason found inflammation but no tear, according to trainer Jeff Porter. Jones reported less pain in his right foot. He said he knows he will have to deal with chronic pain in his feet through his career, but he was encouraged that the current injury is less serious than one to his left foot which kept him out 37 games last season. Jones said he even flew to Japan in the offseason to have his baseball shoes custom made, but he still has sore feet. “I’ve done everything, I’ve just got some bad feet,” Jones said. “I’m going to have to deal with it.”

The White Sox announced non-roster RHP Nate Cornejo has retired.

Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was not in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox after escaping serious injury when his sport utility vehicle flipped twice in a traffic accident.

Phil Hughes drew a crowd of scouts again Monday for Double-A Trenton (Double-A). The Rangers and Nationals were among the teams in attendance, according to the New York Post. Hughes, 20, is limited to about 80 pitches right now. Monday he left after 4 2/3 shutout innings. “If he could get his curveball over consistently he could pitch in the big leagues right now,” a scout told the paper.

Texas Rangers right-hander Kevin Millwood won’t make Friday night’s scheduled start against the Minnesota Twins because of concern over the strained biceps in his pitching arm. Rangers manager Buck Showalter said John Wasdin will start in Kevin Millwood‘s place Friday vs. the Twins.

The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Dave Roberts from the disabled list before Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Outfielder Ben Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

A’s DH Frank Thomas, who drew his 1,500th and 1,501st walks Tuesday, walked again Wednesday. He now needs five more to tie Mike Schmidt for 15th on the all-time and six more to tie Lou Gehrig for 14th.

The Mets are debating whether to use Darren Oliver, Jose Lima or Mike Pelfrey for Friday night’s game or perhaps in Saturday’s doubleheader if Pedro Martinez (hip) is unable to go. Manager Willie Randolph and GM Omar Minaya told the New York Post that Double-A phenom Mike Pelfrey won’t be in the equation unless Lima or Oliver are needed in relief before Friday. “Our goal is to develop him the best we can in the minor leagues. If we’re forced to bring him up, we’ll consider it,” Minaya told the paper.

The Nationals plan to purchase the contract of LHP Micah Bowie from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday. Bowie last pitched in the majors in 2003 for Oakland. To make room for Bowie, the team will transfer RHP Felix Rodriguez (right shoulder tendinitis) from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.


THT Stats

PrOPS stands for “Predicted OPS” and was invented by J.C. Bradbury to estimate which batters have outperformed or underperformed their fundamental stats the most. PrOPS uses batted ball info (line drives and groundballs), walks, home runs, strikeouts and HBP’s to establish an expected (or projected) OPS than you can compare to a batter’s actual performance.

Following is a list to the 20 batters who have most outperformed their PrOPS, and can be expectd to come back down to earth in the second half of the season. No surprise, the list is led by the Twins’ Joe Mauer. Mauer has had a great half-season but isn’t very likely to bat .391 in the second half.

Last         First     Team      OPS-PrOPS
Mauer        Joe       MIN          .138
Matthews Jr. Gary      TEX          .134
Holliday     Matt T    COL          .128
Cabrera      Miguel    FLA          .105
Sanchez      Freddy    PIT          .101
Rolen        Scott     STL          .093
Crawford     Carl      TB           .093
Garciaparra  Nomar     LAN          .087
Sizemore     Grady     CLE          .084
Rios         Alexis I  TOR          .078
Uggla        Daniel C  FLA          .077
Byrnes       Eric      ARI          .076
Suzuki       Ichiro    SEA          .075
Hawpe        Brad B    COL          .075
Cano         Robinson  NYA          .072
Reyes        Jose      NYN          .069
Wright       David A   NYN          .066
Hall         Bill      MIL          .066
Nixon        Trot      BOS          .060
Carroll      Jamey     COL          .055

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