I wrote my weekly National League breakdown piece today. Here are a few of the tidbits that really stuck out for me.
* Daniel Hudson leads the NL with 79.2 innings pitched since August 1st.
* Tommy Hanson has a 2.77 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over his last 14 starts. He is 2-6 in that time.
* Carlos Zambrano is 6-0 with a 1.63 ERA over his last 12 appearances.
* Scott Rolen has 20 homers on the year but only three in his last 50 games.
* Melvin Mora is hitting .325 with 17 RBI in the month of September.
* Clay Hensley has a 2.25 ERA and a K per inning over 72 frames.
* Bud Norris has 152 Ks over 147.2 innings.
* Rod Barajas has five homers in 59 at-bats with the Dodgers.
* Randy Wolf has a 2.56 ERA over his last 10 starts.
* Carlos Beltran is hitting .329 with a .991 OPS in the month of September.
* Ryan Madson has made 42 appearances since the All-Star break with a 1.32 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
* The Pirates have only only player who is hitting above .250 while qualifying for the batting title (502 plate appearances). It’s Andrew McCutchen at .284.
* Jon Jay is hitting a mere .214 over his last 25 games.
* Will Venable is batting an insane .529 over his last nine starts.
*Aubrey Huff is leading the Giants in the Triple Crown categories (.291-26-85).
* Adam Dunn has at least 37 homers and 92 RBI in 7-straight years. There has only been one longer streak in the annals of the game; Rafael Palmeiro had a stretch of 9-straight years from 1995-2003.
To read the entire article click on the link to National League Breakdown.
Anyone out there notice that Mark Ellis is hitting .400 in September? His season has been a disappointment with only four homers and six steals after back-to-back 10/10 efforts the past two years, but his .281 batting would be his best mark since a career best effort of .316 in 2005.
What the heck is wrong with Jonathan Papelbon? It’s always hard to judge relievers on the fly given how small of a sample size we have to deal with, but his work of late has been awful – and that is with a capital “A.” He has made nine appearances in September during which time he has a 10.61 ERA, a 2.14 WHIP and a .372 BAA. At the same time he has a rather amazing total of 18 punchouts in just 9.1 innings. His late push in the K category has upped his season long K/9 mark to 10.11, his fourth straight year above ten, though his BB/9 mark is a career worst of 3.69 (more than a run above his 2.55 career mark). I tend to think he is just missing his spots right now, though this late season run of putrid production clearly won’t lock him into the 9th inning next season, not when Daniel Bard continues to deal. Bard has more than a K per inning this season (73 in 72.1 IP), owns a 1.87 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP, and has been amazingly effective in his two season big league career (2.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 10.06 K/9, .199 BAA).
Justin Upton’s season is likely over because of that shoulder injury of his. He is visiting Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion today, but with a week left there is zero reason for him to return to game action even if he gets a positive report. That means he will finish the year with a .273 average, 17 homers, 69 RBI, 73 runs and 17 steals in 132 games. Every one of those numbers is smaller than his effort from 2009 (.300-26-86-84-20 in 138 games). In fact, his OPS dropped exactly .100 points down to .799 as he racked up 15 more punchouts (152). Still, he could be undervalued on draft day next season as he clearly has 30 homer, 20 steal potential.
By Ray Flowers