Talking baseball at the 44 minute mark, because hearing me talk about anything else is just insufferable.
Oh look, its the All-Star game. Rah rah NL! Rah rah AL! Wooo goooo players assembled into two teams to determine home field advantage in the World Series!
Can’t you tell I am thrilled?
- The White Sox’ Adam Dunn, despite just a .213 batting average, is 9th in the MLB in isolated power (ISO) with a .261 mark
- Down second half coming? The Red Sox’ Mike Napoli has the 2nd highest K% (33.5) in the league and the 3rd highest BABIP average at .382
- The Reds have two of the top 3 hitters in on-base percentage: Joey Votto (2nd – .434) and Shin-Soo Choo (3rd – .425)
- The Mariners’ Raul Ibanez (5th) and the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre (9th) are the only two hitters in the top 10 in slugging that are not on an All-star roster
- The Rangers’ Derek Holland is the only pitcher in the top 10 in WAR (6th – 3.8) not on an All-star roster
- NL starter and the Mets’ Matt Harvey leads the MLB in fielding-independent pitching (FIP) with a 2.17 mark thus far
- AL Starter and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer is 5th in the same category (FIP) with a 2.68
In case you’ve been living under a rock – or perhaps just sleeping in late today – you may not have noticed it is now JULY!
Either way, I envy you.
Aside from July being, like, the best month ever, it also means the mid-summer classic is roughly just a week away. This year’s All-Star game is being held in Queens at Citi Field – home of the Metropolitans. Oh, and it had better feature Yasiel Puig, if not merely for the fact the game would draw more national attention.
- The Cardinals’ Shelby Miller leads all rookie pitchers with 8 wins this season. I don’t normally harp on a statistic like Pitcher Wins, but it is reflective of Miller’s successes this season. He boasts an ERA under 3 (2.79) and K/9 of 9.7
- The Padres’ Jedd Gyorko leads all rookie hitters this season with 66 hits. While his K% is high (21.2%), he does have a fairly sustainable BABIP at 3.37
- The Braves’ Evan Gattis leads all MLB rookies with 14 home runs this season – almost double the total of any other leader on the list. (Gyorko – 8)
- The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is third among rookies with 7 home runs, but has played in less than half of the games – 26 compared to 53 – that Gattis has.
- Rangers’ rookie Leonys Martin has the most steals -16 – among first year players. He also has the 10th highest slugging percentage at .452
- Good Eye: Angels’ rookie J.B. Shuck has been selective at the plate, boasting the best K% at a mere 7.7%, and has a .288 batting average
- Through 145 plate apperances, Red Sox’ rookie Jose Iglesias holds a .409 batting average.