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June 9, 2000

The Daily Prospectus

Riffing

by Joe Sheehan

OK, so "Daily" Prospectus has been a bit of a misnomer lately, as a variety of technical and staffing glitches have cropped up. Fret not: today brings four new articles to your browser of choice, and we'll be back next week with some great new features, a couple of divisional Notebooks and, if we can get the releases, pics from Dave Pease's experience to Amateur Night at Chippendales.

Everything you've heard is true.

  • Player          EqA      RaP*
    

    Joe Girardi .275 11th Mark Grace .312 7th Eric Young .287 7th Shane Andrews .263 14th Ricky Gutierrez.304 3rd Henry Rodriguez.277 17th Damon Buford .269 13th Sammy Sosa .330 6th

    *RaP: Rank at Position

    Yeah, Don. Sammy's your problem.

  • Speaking of Chicago, the Support-Neutral rankings are back online. Here are the top five starters in baseball through Wednesday:

    Pitcher         SNW   SNL  SNPct   W  L    RA     APW   SNVA  SNWAR
    

    Randy Johnson 8.7 1.3 .871 9 1 1.79 3.45 3.63 4.44 Pedro Martinez 7.8 0.5 .936 8 2 1.16 3.43 3.47 4.25 James Baldwin 6.1 2.3 .729 9 1 3.18 1.70 1.84 2.53 David Wells 6.7 3.2 .673 10 2 3.66 1.61 1.64 2.46 Kevin Brown 5.8 2.2 .728 4 2 2.81 1.69 1.64 2.40

    One of these things is not like the others...

  • I'm a baseball guy, but I'm also a Northeast guy, so forgive me for bringing this up here: is there anything as cool as overtime in the Stanley Cup finals?

  • Before the "Todd Helton for MVP" craze gets too out of hand, let's try and stop its momentum here:

    Name                  EQA    EqR   RAR   RAP
    

    Mark McGwire .377 42.4 30.1 21.4 Todd Helton .345 40.4 25.7 15.4

    As a general rule, you need to be the best player at your position in your league to be the MVP. Helton isn't. And to the credit of the BBWAA, they've done a pretty good job of not being taken in by altitude-inflated raw stats.

    This doesn't factor in position or defense. Right now, Barry Bonds is the NL MVP, with McGwire, Jim Edmonds, Mike Piazza, Jeff Kent and Edgardo Alfonzo in the mix behind him.

    Bonds is so good that Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is considering ordering the Giants to split him in two.

Joe Sheehan can be reached at jsheehan@baseballprospectus.com.

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