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Since We Been Gone…

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Sorry we have been busy… homework, vacation, and I am not guarantying
we will be posting every day.

So a good amount has happened since last time we posted
about 3 months ago and we have a great National League races… And AL East as
well…

A-Rod hit number 600, along with 601, 602, 603, and 604.
Yankees are in first place by 2.5 games, Spain won the World Cup.

The MVP races have changed a lot since we have last posted
which is what this small article will be about. Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, and
Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzo leads the league in average and in RBI’S but will have
to get a couple more homers to gain on Pujols. Votto is up there in all the
categories while Pujols is fading away from the Batting Average competition.
Adrian Gonzalez is also up there with the surprising Padres.

In the AL it’s a three man race with Miguel Cabrera , Josh Hamilton
and Robinson Cano. Hamilton’s average is hovering around .370 and Cabrera is up
there in RBI’s and second in BA. Robby Cano has faded down the past couple
months as he isn’t getting much rest especially with A-Rod out, but now he is
back so expect Cano to do much better down the stretch.

Now for the Cy Young races. In the Senior Circuit, it’s a
very arguable race. Tim Hudson, Roy Halladay, Ubaldo Jimenez, Adam Wainwright,
Mat Latos and Josh Johnson. 3 of those are on my fantasy team…. Hah. So anyways
my vote still goes to Jimenez even though he has faded big time over the past
couple months. His ERA has stayed under 3.00, and has 18 wins. Halladay has
been great too, and valuable but he has a much better offense a better pitching
ballpark than Coors Field. Wainwright was a pitching Triple Crown candidate
until Mat Latos took the ERA lead over. Jimenez has the wins lead and Lincecum
has taken over the strikeout league. All these pitchers are great, but only one
can win

In the AL there are less candidates, being CC Sabathia,
David Price, and Felix Hernandez. CC is most likely going to get his 20th
win in a couple of starts and there is a possibility of 21-23 wins on the
season. Felix has less than half the amount of wins than CC but is better in
EVERY other category. So to finish this off, I will tell you that Felix
Hernandez will win the Cy Young Award though I would like CC Sabathia to win it

Thank you for reading, bye!

Uniform Number 11-20

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Here is part 2 of our best player at each uniform number. Enjoy!

11: The best player that wears number 11 is Ryan Zimmerman.
All Star, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner, I mean why wouldn’t he be the
best? Jimmy Rollins is also a good baseball player that wears number 11 so
let’s compare the two All-Stars. Rollins had more doubles (43-37), triples
(5-3), and more stolen bases (31-2). In fact he crushes in the stolen bases.
But Zimmerman has more hits (178-168), more runs scored (110-100), more RBI’s
(77-106), more homers (33-21), and a better average (.292-.250). They both had
fine defensive seasons and both won the Gold Glove. Both were All-Stars and you
have to give some credit to Jimmy Rollins, he had 21 homers in the leadoff
spot. 21. Ryan Zimmerman was also
more valuable to his team. Yes he is more valuable to the Nats then Rollins is
to the Phils. The Phillies have Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Polanco, Ibanez,
Werth, and Halladay and they would be stacked even without Rollins. The Nats do
have players but without Zimmerman, they would be nothing at all. They have Dunn
and Marquis but Zimmerman is the best. Therefore, he is the better of the two.

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12: Alfonso Soriano is the best player that wears number 12.
There aren’t any others that are amazing so I can’t compare him. To anybody;
Jeff Kent is retired; Freddy Sanchez was traded and changed his number. It will
be too easy to compare him to a back-up, and therefore, Alfonso Soriano is the
best baseball player that wears number 12 

13: Alex Rodriguez is clearly the best baseball player that
wears number thirteen only challenged by Carl Crawford. This will be very hard
because Crawford is one of the fastest players in baseball, while A-Rod is one
of the best homerun hitters in baseball. I will do it though and it will look
really odd. Crawford had a better average (.305- .286), more triples (8-1),
more doubles (28-17), more hits (185-127), more stolen bases (60-14), and more
runs scored (96-78). This seems pretty overwhelming, but you will see how A-Rod
wins. He has 2 times as many homers (30-15), more RBI’s (100-68), less
strikeouts (97-99), more walks (80-51), better OBP (.402 to .364), and a better
SLG (.532-.452).  As you see, A-Rod is
the better player.

14: Paul Konerko is the best player who wears number 14 but
it is close. David Price is the other one. It is nearly impossible to compare a
pitcher and a position player so we will compare them to the league averages to
see who is more over the league average. 
David Price has a 4.42 ERA which is above the 4.32 average. Paul Konerko
has a .277 BA which is just above the .274 league average. David Price is well
over the 42 strikeout league average with his 102 K’s.  Konerko has 28 homers which is 2 times as
many as the league average (14). Price has a 1.35 WHIP which is just under the
1.39 league average. Konerko has 88 RBI’s well over the league average of 49.
Price has 7 more wins than the league average (10-3). And lastly, Konerko has
one less than the league average in stolen bases (1-2). Konerko is well above
the league average in the important categories and therefore, he is the best
baseball player that wears number 14.

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15: Carlos Beltran or Tim Hudson? We will have to compare
them to their league averages. Beltran has a .325 BA to the .266 league
average. He had 2 more homers than the league average of 8 in homers. More RBI
(48-34) and one less stolen base (11-12). Remember Beltran was injured for most
of the year. He only played 81 games. Hudson only started 7 games as well
though. 42 innings. He had a 3.61 ERA compared to 4.32. 30 K’s compared to the
league average of 47. He had 1.46 WHIP to 1.39 league average.  Lastly he had one less win then the league
average (3-2). Both used to be very good but Beltran still has the advantage.

16: Brian McCann and Andre Ethier are very good, but who is
better? McCann has a better average (.281-.272), but that is just about it.
Ethier has more homers (31-21), more RBI’s (106-94), and a better SLG
(.508-.486). Ethier and McCann are both All-Stars and Silver Sluggers. But
obviously Ethier is better.

17: Lance Berkman or Todd Helton? They are both good, but
who is better and who has recently been better. According to us, it is Todd
Helton. Last year Helton hit .325 compared to Berkman’s .274 but he was
injured. Now if you step back to 2008 Berkman hit .312. That year he also hit 29
homers which were almost 2 times as much as Helton’s 15. In 09 he hit 25 which are
still 10 more than Helton. Helton has 6 more RBI’s than Berkman had in 09, but
was 20 less than what Lance hit in 08. They are pretty even right now is Helton’s
defense. Personally I thought that Helton should have won the Gold Glove. That
is what wins over Berkman who is starting to become a DH-type hitter.

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18: Johnny Damon against Geovany Soto. Seems pretty easy to
choose Johnny Damon. Right? It is easy to say Damon is a better offensive
player, but Soto is a better defensive player especially because Damon has a
horrible arm and cannot play defensive making it easy to say Soto is better
when it comes to playing in the field. But Damon is a way better offensive
player, perhaps by such a margin that he is a better overall player. Let’s see.
Damon is obviously worse defensively. Damon hit a decent .282 which was WAY
higher than Soto’s mere .218. Damon had more than 2 times as many homers as
Soto (24-11) and had nearly 2 times as many doubles than Soto. Clearly, Damon is
better.

19: Josh Beckett or Joey Votto? Both play very well at their
respective positions. Pitcher and 1st Baseman so we will have to go
back to comparing them to their league averages. Votto had a .322 batting
average which was well higher than the league average (.274). Beckett has a
3.86 ERA and the league average is 4.32. Big difference. Votto, with 25 homers,
had 11 more than the league average. Beckett had almost 3 and a half time as
many strikeouts as the league average (199-47). Votto had 84 RBI’s well over
the league average of 49. Beckett had 1.39 WHIP which was better than the
league average of 1.39. Clearly both of them are above average and seem equal.
But what wins it for Beckett is that he has guided his team to the post season
a few times. Joey Votto can’t do that with the Reds. There is where Josh
Beckett wins it.

20: The Red Sox once again. Kevin Youkilis wins it. Even if
it is against Jorge Posada. I am sad, very sad to admit it but yes. Let’s just
get this over with. Youkilis hits more homeruns (27-22), has a better average
(.305-.285), has better defense, had more RBI’s (94-81) and I am just going to
stop there. Don’t want to hear it from my friends that are Red Sox fans…

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Thank you, thank you. Any comments, questions or disagreements?
Feel free to comment.