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MLB Week 3: Cub Luck, Colorado Beanball, Bonds “Homer”

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It’s been three weeks already? That means it’s time to look back:

A homer in Coors Field is still a homer. Given that, Barry Bonds is finally on the board. — Fark

Days after inking a $65 million deal with the Cubs, Derrek Lee hurt his wrist and is out for several weeks. Oh, and he hurt himself while colliding with new teammate reliever Scott Eyre, who is also hurt. — Baseball Musings

But there’s good news for the Cubs: With everything Greg Maddux has accomplished, he never began a season 4-0. Now he has. — OpenlineBlog

Omar Vizquel and Jose Mesa have a problem with each other, primarily because Vizquel called out Mesa in his autobiography regarding the crucial blown save in the ’97 World Series. So when their teams face off five people can get ejected in one game. — Deadspin

Thursday was kind of boring, so we talked about Jerry Koosman. — Blogcritics

It may be four score fewer, but Dan’s “Mendoza Line” game looks eerily familiar to Two Eighty. — Dan’s Take

One theory to the Mets poor week: a sucky new anthem. — The Mighty MJD

Nationals GM Jim Bowden was arrested for a DUI. So that explains the Soriano saga. — The Sports Frog

Chris Shelton is now in a slump but at least he’s working on his home run trot. — The Futon Report

The Nine Most Wanted:

(Stats Monday 4/17 – Sunday 4/23)

C: Victor Martinez, Cubs: 12-for-31 (.387), 3 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R, 1.148 OPS
1B: Scott Hatteberg, Reds: 10-for-20 (.500), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1.265 OPS
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds: 14-for-31 (.452), 3 HR, 17 RBI, 6 R, 1.323 OPS
SS: Miguel Tejada, Orioles: 15-for-28 (.536), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R, 1.374 OPS
3B: Morgan Ensberg, Astros: 9-for-22 (.409), 6 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 1.746 OPS
LF: Alfonso Soriano, Nationals: 10-for-25 (.400), 3 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 1.263 OPS
CF: Jeff DaVanon, Diamondbacks: 10-for-23 (.435), 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 1.196 OPS
RF: Kevin Mench, Rangers: 8-for-21 (.381), 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 1.286 OPS
DH: Craig Biggio, Astros: 16-for-26 (.615), 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 1.723 OPS

The Rotation:
Ace: Greg Maddux, Cubs: 2-0, 0.60 ERA, 15 IP, 10 K, 0.60 WHIP
Second: Dave Bush, Brewers: 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 15 IP, 14 K, (1 CG SHO), 1.00 WHIP
Third: Jose Contreras, White Sox: 2-0, 1.20 ERA, 15 IP, 8 K, 0.73 WHIP
Fourth: Taylor Buchholz, Astros: 1-0, 1.23 ERA, 14 2/3 IP, 9 K, 0.48 WHIP
Fifth: Pedro Martinez, Mets: 2-0, 2.63 ERA, 13 2/3 IP, 19 K, 0.88 WHIP

The Closer:
David Cortes, Rockies: 3-0, 6 1/3 IP, 0 R (0.00 ERA), 3 K, 0.95 WHIP

The Team:
White Sox (7-0): After a whoopsie-daisy 1-4 start, the Sox have won eight straight and 12 of 13. At 13-5, they are now in first place in the divison — not to mention the entire American League.

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  • It’s a big market, streteching all the way from Cleveland to the other side of Cleveland.

    Also for the three of you glued to this segment I’ve decided I will post this every Monday evening rather than Monday morning — it’s just easier that way for everyone involved.

  • sal m

    and what’s the market for omar vizquel’s autobiography??

  • He’s 3 for his last 22. It was fun while it lasted.

  • Chris Shelton For Prez! 😉