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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.