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MLB Week 2: Mets Roll, Chipper Hurt, Bonds’ Slump

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The second week, brought to you as always in 1000 words or less:

• Even with all the steroid testing in the news, offense is way up and juiced ball theories begin to circulate. — South Side Sox

• Mets fans, despite leading the division and a great start, find something to whine about, so they focus their attention on Jorge Julio. — Rick Maese, Baltimore Sun

• A man who wants to buy the Nationals has a real good recipe for barbecued dog. Seriously. — Deadspin

• Chipper Jones isn’t so chipper after injuring his ankle yet again. — Play Ball

• Nationals second baseman Jose Vidro complains about his pitcher-friendly home stadium. But the opposing teams had no problems hitting it out of the park. — Si, and I like potatoes.

• This week’s reason Barry Bonds is having a bad year: bone chips. — Baseball Musings

• Either the Reds peaked with their 7-3 start, or they are gonna shut everyone up with a surprise year. — Blogcritics

• Speaking of surprise teams, how about the Rockies? No love from the media about their nice start.Purple Row

• A man with the ability to line up audio with a Nintendo emulator did just that with Game Six of the 1986 World Series (the infamous Bill Buckner inning). — San Diego Serenade

• Jody Gerut, after not making the Pirates roster, gets sent to the minors then wants knee surgery. The team thinks he’s fine, so they won’t pay for it. — The Futon Report

The Nine Most Wanted:

C: Toby Hall, Devil Rays: .474 BA (9-for-19), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1.261 OPS
1B: Paul Konerko, White Sox: .522 BA (12-for-23), 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 1.751 OPS
2B: Luis Castillo, Twins: .450 BA (9-for-20), 0 HR, 4 RBI, 1.076 OPS

SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees: .333 (8-for-24), 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, .970 OPS
3B: Morgan Ensberg, Astros: .429 (9-for-21), 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R 1.586 OPS
LF: Adam Dunn, Reds: .238 (8-for-21), 5 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 1.337 OPS
CF: Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: .458 (11-for-24), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1.333 OPS
RF: Craig Wilson, Brewers: .364 (8-for-22), 5 HR, 10 RBI, 1.576 OPS
DH: Albert Pujols, Cardinals: .381 (8-for-21), 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R, 1.679 OPS

The Rotation:
Ace: John Smoltz, Braves: 1-0, 9 IP, 0 R (0.00 ERA), 1.00 WHIP, 6 K
Second: Erik Bedard, Orioles: 2-0, 15 IP, 2 ER (1.20 ERA), 0.93 WHIP, 9 K
Third: Josh Beckett, Red Sox: 2-0, 14 IP, 2 ER (1.29 ERA), 1.00 WHIP, 7 K
Fourth: John Lackey, Angels: 2-0, 15 IP, 4 ER (2.40 ERA), 0.73 WHIP, 13 K
Fifth: John Patterson, Nationals: 1-0, 14 IP, 4 ER (2.57 ERA), 0.71 WHIP, 17 K

The Closer:
Tom Gordon, Phillies: 4-for-4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K

The Team:
New York Mets (5-1) — No contest. The Mets are now 9-2 and hold the best record in town. Also you have a good shot at your rotation being strong when you’ve convinced Tom Glavine that it’s the year 1991.

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  • It’s amazing how Bonds is slumping since he hit so well in spring training. I guess in spring training, getting homered on isn’t so embarrassing.

  • What’s funny is what I say he’s in a hitting slump, his on-base percentage is well over .450, putting him in the NL’s top ten.

    Pitch to the man.

  • I agree, Suss. Pitch to the guy! See what happens (maybe his biceps will explode).

    Oh, and those Mets are scaring me right now. As a Mets fan I have never been this happy in April (it used to be a cruel month for the Mets). The next two games, however, are still crucial.

    Let’s Go Mets!