Monday. The euphoria of the trade deadline bonanza has passed, and now we are back to the “real world” of day-to-day baseball. Today I thought I would touch on a few of the more interesting storylines currently floating around the baseball universe including the odd tale of a seemingly delusion third baseman in Baltimore.
Melvin Mora said this over the weekend if you missed it. “I think I deserve more respect than what I’m getting here,” Mora said. “Don’t give me excuses that I can’t beat Smoltz or I can’t beat Beckett or I can’t beat Lester. I’ve been here nine years. All these guys in the East know me. I’ve made the All-Star team. I deserve respect.” We agree with you Mr. Mora, and if someone is spitting in your face or disparaging your family, then by all means speak up. However, what are we talking about here? Mr. Mora, you are hitting .256 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 285 ABs. How does that compare to the average major league third baseman? Check it:
Yes Mr. Mora, you haven’t even been a league average third basemen, so if you feel disrespected, well, how about you start hitting like a major league regular or just shut your pie hole.
Who are they trying to kid? Roy Oswalt had his start pushed back because of a back issue. Now his Saturday start is likely also to be missed as he continues to suffer some pain in the area. Just put him on the DL and let him take the two weeks guys, seems like that’s the way this is going to go so instead of frustrating everyone. Just pull the trigger on the DL stint.
There has been some talk of Albert Pujols and a run at the Triple Crown. Pujols has a two home run lead over Mark Reynolds for the home run lead (34 to 32) in the National League and he is one RBI behind Prince Fielder for the NL RBI lead with 92. However, after hitting just .289 in 97 July at-bats Pujols is down to .314, the eighth best mark in the NL. Given that he has never hit below .314 in a season, plus the addition of Matt Holliday to help him out in the middle of the Cards lineup, Pujols would appear to have a great shot to push that average much closer to .333 by the end of the year (his career average). As mentioned he also is right there in homers and RBI, but in this day and age of offense and specialization, it’s a tall order to expect any man to be able to lead the league in average, home runs and RBI, but if any man can, it’s got to be Pujols. Still, the last man to win the mythical award in the NL was another Cardinal, Joe Medwick, who in 1937, that’s right before the Second World War, hit .374 with 31 home runs and 154 RBI. The last player in the AL? How about Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 when Yaz produced a line of .326-44-121 for the Red Sox.
Brandon Webb is done for 2009 and may not be ready for 2010 after undergoing a “debridement” procedure on his shoulder. What the hell is a debridement? It’s a medical procedure that removes non-healthy tissue and any foreign materials. What that basically means is that they went in and cleaned up his shoulder without needing to do anything invasive. It’s not clear if his labrum or rotator cuff was the central focus of the surgery, but what is clear is that I find it almost impossible to believe that the club will pick up his $8.5 million option for next season. More than likely, the D’backs will give Webb his $1.5 million buyout and see if they can sign him to an incentive laden deal. Given the reluctance of the team to do just that prior to the start of the season because of concerns with his health, it’s certainly not at all out of the realm of possibility that Webb has tossed his last game for the club.
By Ray Flowers