Welcome to the first installment of Across The Diamond, where I will be providing a periodic analysis of players across all levels of professional baseball. The goal here is to track current statistical trends to see how players may perform in the following weeks and how to best take advantage of this in your fantasy baseball leagues.
Everybody loves a home run. The Home Run Derby has provided some fantastic ones over the years. The 2012 teams have been announced and will face off on July 9.
The NL Home Run Derby team is captained by the Dodgers Matt Kemp. He announced his team on Sunday night, which includes first time participant Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gonzalez. Kemp has been out of the game since May 30 with a strained left hamstring but he intends to participate in the Derby. He has 12 homers on the year. Beltran is in second place in the NL with 20 homers on the year. Stanton has 19 and Gonzalez has 17. Kemp had wanted to have teammate Andre Ethier on the Derby team but a strain of his left oblique prevented that selection. Read more...(303 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Over in the National League, the delightful Dodgers continue to lead the way. Maybe not as brightly as early in the season, but they are still tops in the National League.
The Dodgers have been the cream of the crop in the National League for the entire season. The team’s sale finalized seems to have rejuvenated the Dodgers and given them a whole new lease on life as it were. Last season, they were in the pit of despair and this year they are the best in their league. Over the last 10 games, the team has had a bit of a stutter going 4-6 but still holding a 3 game lead over the Giants. The rest of the NL West is trailing badly with the Padres continuing to occupy the cellar 16 games back. Read more...(368 words, 1 image, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
The Braves have been in a free fall of badness over the last couple of weeks with only a couple of bright spots thrown in. Once, and only briefly, atop the NL East standings, the Braves now sit in 3rd place a full 2 games out.
The team has struggled on almost every level. Most notably the pitching but it has been an across the board meltdown in the last couple of weeks. The team is 3-7 over their last 10 games. Those are not exactly stellar numbers to be sure. One of the lone bright spots was Sunday’s win over the division leading Nationals. Read more...(339 words, 1 image, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
Since nobody else has the stones to put Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade in his place for his courtside meltdown/confrontation with head coach Erik Spoelstra in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen took it upon himself to do the honors.
When Wade was asked about the incident by reporters following the game, he conveniently forgot about the episode. Well, if Guillen was the coach of the Heat, Wade’s head would still be spinning, and his backside would be soar.
“I will kick his [butt],’’ Guillen said. “Well, I won’t say I’ll kick his [butt]. They’ll kick my [butt] because they’re bigger than me, and I’m older. But I will take my chances. Some people have to understand our job. Some players, they think they know more baseball than you do. Read more...(302 words, 1 image, estimated 1:12 mins reading time)
The Mets had a tough weekend in Miami, dropping two out of the three games. Like I said a couple of days ago, the first game was important because the team that won that game would win the series. The Marlins won the first game 6-5, scoring one in the bottom of the eight and two in the bottom of the ninth. Mets closer Frank Francisco took the loss, giving up two runs and three hits in 2/3 of a inning.
On Saturday the Mets came back behind strong pitching by new ace, or co-ace RA Dickey. The Mets slugged the Marlins 9-3. David Wright also has to get some kudos as he had four hits in that game to boost his average to .402. It was a nice win for the Mets who had 16 hits. Read more...(375 words, 1 image, estimated 1:30 mins reading time)
The Braves have been holding the status quo for about a week now staying at 0.5 games back of the Nationals. The team has played well at times but the pitching has suffered over the last couple of weeks. Somehow though, they have been able to hold the line.
The Braves and Nationals share the same record for their last 10 games 7-3. Both teams have won 21 games this season so far. The only difference is in the loss column of course where the Braves have 13. The Braves dropped two games to the Cubs in games that they should have won. It’s a repeating pattern for the Braves, winning games they shouldn’t and losing games they should. The pitching fell off dramatically against the Rockies in the series before the Cubs and it seemed to take the Braves a few games to get over that. The two games so far against the Cardinals have been wins for the Braves but the first game the pitching gave up a lot of runs yet again. Read more...(541 words, 1 image, estimated 2:10 mins reading time)
The National League is a very different story from the American League in the early going. While the American League has one team that seems to be far and away better than all the others, in the National League several teams are keeping pace at or near the top of the standings.
There are three teams that are leading the way in the National League with almost the same records to start the season. The Washington Nationals are 11-4, the St. Louis Cardinals are 10-4 and the red hot Dodgers are 11-3. These teams are a combined 25-7 over their last 10 games. They are all well over .500 to start the season. The wealth of winning is spread over all three NL divisions as well. Read more...(400 words, 1 image, estimated 1:36 mins reading time)