A little bit longer of a week for review this time around, as I’m a bit behind what with some travel and such.
If the Playoffs Started Today
Texas (22-18) vs. Tampa Bay (28-11)
New York A (25-14) vs. Minnesota (24-15)
San Francisco (22-16) vs. Philadelphia (24-14)
Cincinnati (23-16) vs. San Diego (23-16)
Current Statistical Leaders:
Batting Average: Andre Ethier – .392
On Base Percentage: Justin Morneau – .482
Slugging Percentage: Andre Ethier – .744
Homeruns: Paul Konerko – 13
RBI: Andre Ethier – 38
Stolen Bases: Juan Pierre – 18
Runs: Matt Kemp – 34
Roster Movement and Job Changes
Disabled List Movement:
- Going onto the Disabled List: Justin Duchscherer, Andre Ethier, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jim Edmonds, Eric Young Jr., John Baker, Matt Diaz, J.J. Hardy, Alfredo Aceves, Franklin Morales, Travis Snider, Brad Lidge
- Coming off the Disabled List: Yunel Escobar, Kurt Suzuki, Jason Hammel, Everth Cabrera, Jimmy Rollins, Brad Hawpe
Call Ups and Demotions:
- Call Ups: Drew Storen, Armando Galarraga, Henry Rodriguez, Jack Cust, Derek Holland, Hank Blalock
- Sent Down to the Minors: Max Scherzer, Scott Sizemore, Wilson Ramos
Top Stories and Weekly Links
- Yesterday, Mike Lowell was interviewed and essentially came to the conclusion that he is a waste of a roster spot for the Red Sox. While I tend to agree with the premise, and understand his frustration, the Red Sox are invariably going to do what they believe to be in the best interest of the team.
- Carlos Zambrano will be headed back to the starting rotation sometime in the near future. It’s probably good that this experiment is over, as he didn’t really appear to be pitching any better in the bullpen. Unfortunately this probably means that while Tom Gorzelanny has pitched well to this point, he’s likely headed to the bullpen.
- Andre Ethier‘s broken finger could very well set him back for a while. Hopefully he’s not going to be out for too long, as he’s pretty much leading the league in every offensive category.
- Hanley Ramirez is in a bit of hot water, after spouting off for being benched yesterday. Frankly, it seems like both manager Fredi Gonzalez and Ramirez over-reacted a bit, but today will tell us whether or not it continues or finally resolves itself.
- The first manager to lose his job this season was the Royals’ Trey Hillman. He was replaced by Ned Yost. I’m not sure that this was Hillman’s fault, but the team was no longer responding and something needed to be done. I figure that at the end of the season, Dayton Moore will be next.
- Carlos Guillen will be coming off the disabled list soon, and he’s due for another position change again, as he’s being slotted in to play 2B for the Tigers. I thought this was actually a pretty smart decision, as Brennan Boesch is hitting the cover off the ball, and Scott Sizemore was not.