Monday, August 4, 2008

Hot Teams 8/4

Today's post will take a look at the hot teams as we head towards the All-Star game, slated for 8/14.

Norfolk Southern (47-17)
Things are hot down in Norfolk, and we're not just talking about the weather. The Southern is the team to beat this year, posting a world best 47-17 record. They are 9-1 in their last ten games and have won their last twelve of thirteen games. They've lost just two series all season long.

How have they achieved this success? Let's take a closer look at their offensive team rankings in the world:

RUNS: 429 (2nd)
RBI'S:413 (2nd)
AVG: .296 (3rd)
HITS: 689 (4th)
HR'S: 109 (5th)
SB'S: 72 (7th)

Looking at these numbers, it's easy to assume that their offense has kept them at the top of the league. Not so fast... let's take a look at their pitching rankings as well:

ER: 234 (2nd)
ERA: 3.67 (3rd)
WHIP: 1.27 (3rd)
HR: 68 (3rd)
OAV: .253 (4th)
R: 266 (4th)
H: 567 (5th)

As you can see, team owner and GM "shambo2000" continues to maintain a strong team as he has since Season 1 of the world.

Leading the way for the Southern is 28 year-old, five-time Silver Slugger award winner, Dennys Chang. Chang is already looking at a career year having already belted 26 homers, good for fourth in the league. His home run tally matches his entire Season 6 tally. Chang has already batted in 73 runs this season, putting him second in the league, and is currently on pace for over 150 RBIS on the season.

On the pitching side, the Southern are lead by the dependable Fred Allensworth. Having a near perfect record of 10-1, a sultry ERA at 2.22 and a low WHIP at 1.12, Allensworth is continuing to improve his case for his unprecedented seventh NL Cy Young Award.

Los Angeles is on a hot streak of their own. Not only are they 9-1 in their last ten games, but they are 14-4 in their last eighteen games. In their last ten games, they've outscored their opponents 77-27, including a twenty run outing against Salem earlier today.

The Brooklynites are the second best hitting team in the league, sporting a .298 batting average. They're sitting second in the league overall with 709 hits, while sitting seventh in the league with 390 runs scored.

They're pitching is not as good as their hitting, but their pitching is still very good. With a 4.22 team ERA (good for seventh in the world), the staff is holding opponents to a .258 batting average.

Desi Santos leads the offensive charge for LA, leading the world with 29 home runs, and sitting in third overall with 72 RBI's. Santos is looking for his third Silver Slugger award of his career.

Rookie firstbaseman Hector Guererro has made a great impact on LA's offense this season in his very first stint in the major leagues. After dominating the minors with a .317 average, 183 home runs and 622 RBI's in six years, Guererro is currently batting .297 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI's.

With a 6-1 record in thirteen starts, LHP Jay Clayton has given up less than two earned runs in nine of his starts this season. Clayton continues to dominate the league this season.

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