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Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees game was memorable for the “balancing ball”. It seemed as if we were watching a blunder from the Bad News Bears themselves. The vision of Timmy Lupus springs to mind as we remember Lupus’s goof in the outfield that cost the Bears a game. The only thing missing from Friday’s game was Derek Jeter grabbing Damon by the jersey in the dugout and calling him a booger-eating moron. Well, the Yankees have enough on their plate (Madonna) and are now gearing up to host the All-Star game. So, who played like an All-Star last week? I tell you, the catchy transitions I make are just gold, pure gold!
J.J. Hardy (SS), Milwaukee Brewers: From the start of the season until June 30th, J.J. Hardy had six home runs. Then from July 1st to July 6th he had six home runs. Those six homers were part of an 18 hit week that also included 5 doubles and 12 RBI. Hardy has raised his season average from .266 to .295.
Cody Ross (LF, CF, RF), Florida Marlins: Not be outdone, Ross batted .500 for the week (16-32). Incredibly, all 15 of his RBI, all 4 doubles, and 2 HR came in the four game series in Colorado.
Matt Holliday (LF), Colorado Rockies: He’s baaaaaaaack. He is riding a 10 game hit streak and last week he batted 12-27 (.444) with 3 HR and 10 RBI. Holliday is out to prove that he should have won the NL MVP last season.
Hanley Ramirez (SS), Florida Marlins: Finally he is going to an All-Star game! Ramirez’s week included 13 hits, 4 doubles, 3 HR, 8 RBI, and a stolen base. Anybody want to deny that he is the best SS in baseball?
Garrett Atkins (1B, 3B), Colorado Rockies: 13 hits, a home run, and 8 RBI for the Colorado third baseman. Four players mentioned here are from either the Marlins or Rockies. Well, their weekend series had a total of 79 runs scored. Friday’s game included 35 of those runs alone.
Roy Halladay (SP), Toronto Blue Jays: Halladay improved his record to 10-6 on the year with two wins last week. He picked up his 6th complete game of 2008 and struck out 13 batters.
Brandon Morrow (RP), Seattle Mariners: Morrow is filling in nicely as closer for J.J. Putz. Morrow picked up 3 saves and a win and surrendered zero runs. Morrow hasn’t given up a run since May 12th.
John Danks (SP), Chicago White Sox: All-Star snub? That’s up for debate. Danks gave up 3 runs in 14.1 innings to pick up 2 wins. His last five starts have been quality starts.
James Shields (SP), Tampa Bay Rays: Shields won both of his starts last week with an ERA of 2.75. Word to the wise: start Shields when he plays at Tropicana. His ERA at home is 2.13. His ERA on the road is 6.09.
Mike Mussina (SP), New York Yankees: The Moose won his 11th game of the season last week and fanned 13 batters in 12 innings of work. Not counting two starts in March, July is the worst month in Mussina’s career where he boasts an ERA of 4.25 in 543.2 innings.
Why Should I Give A Crap About These Guys?
Garret Anderson (LF), L.A. Angels: He still has something left in the tank. Anderson is batting .571 (8-14) with 2 HR and 6 RBI in four July games.
Joe Koshansky (1B), Colorado Rockies: Todd Helton is injured and Koshansky has been called up to fill in. He homered in his first at bat of the season. Prior to the promotion, Koshansky was hitting .281 with 18 HR and 78 RBI in Triple-A.
Adam LaRoche (1B), Pittsburgh Pirates: I mention him here only because he is a notorious 2nd half player. In his career he has hit .296 after the break as opposed to hitting .250 before the break. In 2007 he hit .312 after the break when he hit .239 before the break. He will get red hot, so pick him up if you can.
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