Friday, May 06, 2005

Random Thoughts

- Yadier Molina got off to an 0-16 start, and only had 1 hit in his first 29 at-bats. Since then, Yadier is hitting .278/.316/.333/.649 over 54 at-bats. Obviously a 649 OPS isn't exactly Mike Piazza, but the .278 batting average over that time is encouraging. (Not that the team is exactly expecting Molina to carry the team offensively in the first place.)

- The bullpen has been a bit shaky, especially with Izzy out. But don't let anyone tell you that they would have been better off right now if they had kept last year's unit in place.

Kiko Calero - 5.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.2 innings
Dan Haren - 5.50 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 34.1 innings
Steve Kline - 6.52 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 9.2 innings

Sure - those guys are still likely to be better than Pulsipher, Journell, and Cali this year. But nothing is set in stone.

- If someone had wanted to bet you $100 that Mark Grudzielanek would be out-hitting Scott Rolen on May 6th, would you have taken them up on it?

Grudz - .319/.374/.495, 868 OPS
Rolen - .261/.352/.467, 820 OPS

- It's taken a little time, but the Cardinal offense is gaining steam. Entering play today, the Cardinals have scored the 5th most runs in the NL (130) and have the 7th best OPS (757). That without a lot of help from Scott Rolen and Larry Walker.

- Over the last 7 days, Neifi Perez (SS, Cubs) is hitting .105/.190/.105, 296 OPS over 17 at-bats. What, you expected him to hit around .400 with a 1000 OPS all year?

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