Dusty Baker’s new lineup and insurance runs

Astros’ Big Win

Last night on MLB.com At Bat 2010 I listened to the Astros walk-off win over the Diamondbacks.  Tommy Manzella hit his first career home run, and Carlos Lee hit his first home run of the season.

The Astros’ announcers noted players wearing rally caps in the first inning.

Yeah, try anything, they said.  “Pretend it’s the ninth.”

Most Feared of the Decade: 11 Batters Intentionally Walked over 100 Times, 2000-2009

11.  Ryan Howard–105 IBB

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10.  Jim Thome–112 IBB

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9.  Chipper Jones–127 IBB

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8.  Lance Berkman–130 IBB

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7.  Ichiro Suzuki–142 IBB

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6.  Carlos Delgado–142 IBB

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5.  Todd Helton–164 IBB

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4.  Manny Ramirez–174 IBB

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3.  Albert Pujols–198 IBB

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2.  Vladimir Guerrero–213 IBB

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1.  Barry Bonds–390 IBB

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Statistics source:  Baseball-Reference.com
Images source:  MLB.com

2009 Standings (vs. own division)

AL East W L % GB
Boston Red Sox 45 27 .625 -
New York Yankees 45 27 .625 -
Tampa Bay Rays 40 32 .556 5
Toronto Blue Jays 26 46 .361 19
Baltimore Orioles 24 48 .333 21
AL Central W L % GB
Minnesota Twins 46 27 .630 -
Detroit Tigers 39 34 .534 7
Chicago White Sox 34 38 .472 11.5
Kansas City Royals 32 40 .444 13.5
Cleveland Indians 30 42 .417 15.5
AL West W L % GB
Seattle Mariners 31 26 .544 -
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 30 27 .526 1
Texas Rangers 30 27 .526 1
Oakland Athletics 23 34 .404 8
NL East W L % GB
Philadelphia Phillies 44 28 .611 -
Florida Marlins 42 30 .583 2
Atlanta Braves 41 31 .569 3
New York Mets 28 44 .389 16
Washington Nationals 25 47 .347 19
NL Central W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 47 32 .595 -
Cincinnati Reds 46 34 .575 1.5
St. Louis Cardinals 46 34 .575 1.5
Milwaukee Brewers 42 37 .532 5
Houston Astros 31 47 .397 15.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 24 52 .316 21.5
NL West W L % GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 46 26 .639 -
San Francisco Giants 38 34 .528 8
Colorado Rockies 33 39 .458 13
San Diego Padres 33 39 .458 13
Arizona Diamondbacks 30 42 .417 16

A Look Back at the 2009 Shortstop trades

Wins and losses are only for games started at shortstop.  Fielding stats are only for SS.  OPS includes all plate appearances.  (Through September 14).  Source:  baseball-reference.com.

Shortstop Tm Age G GS Inn E OPS W L W%
Alex Gonzalez BOS 32 26 25 213.0 1 .780 17 8 .680
Nick Green BOS 30-31 81 74 644.1 14 .667 50 24 .676
Brendan Ryan SL 27 93 83 733.0 6 .727 53 30 .639
Khalil Greene SL 29 30 26 240.1 7 .645 15 11 .577
Julio Lugo SL 33 17 13 112.0 1 .873 7 6 .538
Brendan Harris MN 28-29 56 50 451.0 6 .675 26 24 .520
Cliff Pennington OAK 25 41 41 366.2 2 .778 21 20 .512
Tyler Greene SL 24-25 25 20 176.2 3 .585 10 10 .500
Paul Janish CIN 26 64 48 458.1 3 .595 24 24 .500
Nick Punto MN 31 58 56 491.0 7 .603 28 28 .500
Orlando Cabrera MN 34 38 38 330.0 7 .627 18 20 .474
Jerry Hairston Jr. CIN 32-33 31 25 217.1 2 .703 11 14 .440
Orlando Cabrera OAK 34 101 100 887.2 14 .683 42 58 .420
Julio Lugo BOS 33 32 27 243.1 7 .719 11 16 .407
Alex Gonzalez CIN 32 68 67 587.1 6 .554 27 40 .403
Jed Lowrie BOS 24-25 19 16 139.2 1 .438 6 10 .375

Dodgers record in games started–1st half 2009

Pos
PLAYER TW TL Dif
1B James Loney 55 28 27
2B Orlando Hudson 54 30 24
CF-RF Matt Kemp 54 31 23
RF Andre Ethier 52 30 22
SS Rafael Furcal 47 25 22
C-DH Russell Martin 48 28 20
3B Casey Blake 48 28 20
LF Manny Ramirez 25 10 15
LF-CF Juan Pierre 33 23 10
P Chad Billingsley 13 6 7
C Brad Ausmus 10 4 6
P Eric Stults 7 2 5
P Randy Wolf 12 7 5
SS-2B-3B Juan Castro 12 8 4
P Clayton Kershaw 11 7 4
P James McDonald 3 1 2
CF-RF Xavier Paul 2 0 2
RF Jamie Hoffmann 2 1 1
P Eric Milton 3 2 1
P Jeff Weaver 3 2 1
3B-1B-DH Mark Loretta 9 9 0
3B-SS Blake DeWitt 1 2 -1
C A.J. Ellis 0 1 -1
DH-RF Mitch Jones 1 2 -1
P Hiroki Kuroda 4 5 -1
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TEAM 56 32 24

Source:  baseball-reference.com

Yankees record in games started–1st half 2009

Pos
PLAYER TW TL Dif
RF-1B-LF-DH Nick Swisher 48 29 19
1B-DH Mark Teixeira 50 34 16
3B-DH Alex Rodriguez 36 21 15
LF-DH Johnny Damon 44 31 13
SS-DH Derek Jeter 47 34 13
2B Robinson Cano 49 37 12
C-DH Jorge Posada 28 20 8
CF Brett Gardner 28 20 8
C Francisco Cervelli 15 8 7
P Andy Pettitte 12 6 6
DH Hideki Matsui 33 27 6
P A.J. Burnett 11 6 5
P Joba Chamberlain 11 6 5
3B-SS-2B Ramiro Pena 14 9 5
CF-LF-RF Melky Cabrera 35 30 5
3B-2B-SS Cody Ransom 11 7 4
C Kevin Cash 5 2 3
P Alfredo Aceves 1 0 1
P Philip Hughes 4 3 1
RF-DH Xavier Nady 3 4 -1
P C.C. Sabathia 9 10 -1
3B Angel Berroa 2 4 -2
P Chien-Ming Wang 3 6 -3
C Jose Molina 5 10 -5
RF-1B-DH-3B Eric Hinske 7 19 -12
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TEAM 51 37 14

Source:  baseball-reference.com

Red Sox record in games started–1st half 2009

Pos
PLAYER TW TL Dif
SS-2B Nick Green 42 18 24
2B Dustin Pedroia 53 31 22
1B-3B Kevin Youkilis 46 27 19
LF Jason Bay 52 34 18
DH-1B David Ortiz 48 30 18
RF-DH J.D. Drew 44 27 17
CF Jacoby Ellsbury 49 32 17
C Jason Varitek 40 27 13
3B-DH Mike Lowell 39 27 12
P Josh Beckett 14 4 10
1B-CF-LF-RF Mark Kotsay 12 3 9
P Tim Wakefield 13 4 9
C George Kottaras 14 7 7
P Jon Lester 12 6 6
1B-LF-RF Jeff Bailey 12 9 3
RF-DH-CF Rocco Baldelli 12 10 2
1B Aaron Bates 2 1 1
P Brad Penny 9 8 1
P Justin Masterson 3 3 0
CF-RF Jonathan Van Every 1 1 0
SS Jed Lowrie 2 3 -1
P John Smoltz 1 3 -2
SS-DH Julio Lugo 12 16 -4
P Daisuke Matsuzaka 2 6 -4
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TEAM 54 34 20

Source:  baseball-reference.com

MN Twins record in games started–1st half 2009

Pos
PLAYER TW TL Dif
3B-DH Joe Crede 36 30 6
P Kevin Slowey 10 6 4
C-DH Joe Mauer 32 29 3
C Jose Morales 9 6 3
P Nick Blackburn 10 8 2
SS-2B-3B Brendan Harris 33 31 2
DH-LF-RF Jason Kubel 35 33 2
1B-DH Justin Morneau 45 43 2
P R.A. Dickey 1 0 1
SS-2B Nick Punto 31 30 1
2B-3B Matt Tolbert 17 16 1
3B-1B-DH Brian Buscher 12 12 0
LF-CF-RF Denard Span 36 36 0
P Scott Baker 8 9 -1
2B Alexi Casilla 14 15 -1
RF-1B-CF-DH Michael Cuddyer 40 41 -1
P Glen Perkins 6 7 -1
LF-DH Delmon Young 25 26 -1
P Francisco Liriano 8 10 -2
P Anthony Swarzak 2 4 -2
C Mike Redmond 11 16 -5
CF Carlos Gomez 23 29 -6
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TEAM 45 44 1

Source:  baseball-reference.com

Batting average leaders in significant digits through May 12

Rank Player Team AVG
1 Kevin Youkilis BOS .39
2 Carlos Beltran NYM .37
Miguel Cabrera DET .37
Victor Martinez CLE .37
Joey Votto CIN .37
6 Jason Bartlett TB .36
Brad Hawpe COL .36
Aaron Hill TOR .36
Adam Jones BAL .36
Evan Longoria TB .36
Hanley Ramirez FLA .36
Ryan Zimmerman WAS .36
13 Nick Markakis BAL .35
Manny Ramirez LAD .35
15 Ryan Braun MIL .34
Carl Crawford TB .34
Todd Helton COL .34
Orlando Hudson LAD .34
Michael Young TEX .34
20 Asdrubal Cabrera CLE .33
Alberto Callaspo KC .33
Kosuke Fukudome CHC .33
Raul Ibanez PHI .33
Ian Kinsler TEX .33
Adam Lind TOR .33
Felipe Lopez ARI .33
Albert Pujols STL .33
Kurt Suzuki OAK .33
29 Johnny Damon NYY .32
Casey Kotchman ATL .32
Carlos Lee HOU .32
Justin Morneau MIN .32
Dustin Pedroia BOS .32
Hunter Pence HOU .32
Scott Rolen TOR .32
Freddy Sanchez PIT .32
David Wright NYM .32
38 Rod Barajas TOR .31
Jason Bay BOS .31
Robinson Cano NYY .31
Adam Dunn WAS .31
Yunel Escobar ATL .31
Jesus Flores WAS .31
Paul Konerko CWS .31
Jason Kubel MIN .31
Nick Johnson WAS .31
Mike Lowell BOS .31
Yadier Molina STL .31
Nyjer Morgan PIT .31
Ichiro Suzuki SEA .31
Willy Taveras CIN .31
Miguel Tejada HOU .31
53 Bobby Abreu LAA .30
Michael Bourn HOU .30
Marlon Byrd TEX .30
Mike Cameron MIL .30
Carlos Delgado NYM .30
Jacoby Ellsbury BOS .30
Pedro Feliz PHI .30
Adrian Gonzalez SD .30
Torii Hunter LAA .30
Pablo Sandoval SF .30
Skip Schumaker STL .30
Luke Scott BAL .30
Denard Span MIN .30
Mark Teahen KC .30
Justin Upton ARI .30
Jayson Werth PHI .30
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