News, Analysis & UpdatesMay 25, 2005

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Notes and Numbers: May 25

By Arlo Vander

Unearned runs, home runs allowed, extra-inning losses… If it seems like I’m dwelling on the negative in this latest edition of Notes and Numbers, that’s pure coincidence. These are just a few more statistics and trends from around the majors that happened to catch my eye…

Control Addicts
The Minnesota Twins’ pitching staff has allowed just 71 walks all season. That’s just 1.6 per game. As a result, the Twins also lead the majors in WHIP at 1.14, a mark that would make many fantasy owners jealous.

Heating Up
Miguel Cabrera may be the hottest hitter in the game right now. In the last month, the young outfielder has compiled a .417 average to raise his season mark by 58 points to an NL-best .368, and also added six home runs and 15 RBI.

A Bit More Support Here, Please
The Giants only scored six times in Brett Tomko’s last four starts, and are now averaging just two runs each time the right-hander takes the mound. Tomko’s record for the season is now 3-6.

And How About Some Defense?
Thirteen of the 38 runs allowed by Carl Pavano have been unearned. Nevertheless, Pavano has only been charged with two losses this season.

Speaking of Losing Marks
Jake Westbrook: 1.28 WHIP, 1-7 record.

Maybe He Ought to Read Moneyball
Milwaukee’s Brady Clark has been caught on seven of his ten stolen base attempts this season. According to sabermetric reasoning, he’d now need to succeed on somewhere in the neighborhood of thirteen straight attempts before his baserunning becomes a positive factor for his team.

Surprise, Surprise
You didn’t expect Brandon Inge to be tied for the MLB lead in triples at this point of the season, did you? Inge, Alex Rios and Jose Reyes all have five three-baggers.

Don’t Be Tempted
Detroit’s Nate Robertson’s solid 2.96 ERA might make him seem like a tempting free agent pickup at first glance, but take a closer look: he’s compiled more walks (25) than strikeouts (22), and his K/9 ratio is down from 7.1 in 2004 to 4.3. Those aren’t good signs.

It’s Gone!
Looking for a souvenir? Try sitting in the bleachers the next time the Phillies come to town. Jon Lieber (14) and Randy Wolf (11) are both among the majors’ top five pitchers when it comes to allowing home runs.

Maybe Jose Reyes Reads This Column
In the week following our comments about Jose Reyes’ lack of walks (see: Not Your Typical Leadoff Man), the man at the top of the Mets’ order seemed to turn a new leaf and worked four bases on balls in six games. Of course, now he seems to have reverted to his old ways, going walk-less in his last nine contests.

Bat: A. Defense: Needs Work…
Colorado infielder Clint Barmes has made waves in the fantasy community with his solid performance at the plate, but he’s also the first player to reach double digits in errors this year.

Let’s Just Play Nine
Arizona has surprised everyone by jumping out to a 27-19 record, but the Diamondbacks haven’t had much luck in extra innings, losing all five of their games that have gone into overtime.

All the Speed You Need
In the last month, Scott Podsednik has stolen more bases (17) than the Brewers, Cardinals, Pirates (16 each), Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies (15 each), Red Sox (8) and Athletics (7).

Arlo Vander is glad that Clint Barmes’ errors don’t count in his league’s scoring system.

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