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Yankees Are Falling, But I Don't Feel Great About It
by Jason Vernon
Chavez Starts Fast
In Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez is off to a hot
start for the first time in three years. His last two April's had been rough and
as a result rough for the A's as a whole. Consider his offensive stat line in
April 2005 of .194/.276/.312 and his April 2004 line of .221/.350/.419 and
you'll see why there's excitement for his .263/.364/.632 line through Friday
night's game. Chavez is notorious for being very hard on himself for not
contributing to the team when he's struggling. A good start by Chavez and by the
team (they're 3-2) portends good things for the A's in the early
Even though I picked the Yankees for a big fall
this year I'm not feeling real great about it even though they're off to a 1-3
start. The Yankee pitching staff and defense have allowed a little under five
runs a game to start the season. Out of the nineteen runs they've allowed just
thirteen have been earned runs to give the Yankee staff a solid 3.51 earned run
average. The solid starts from Randy Johnson and Mike Mussina are heartening for
Yankee fans since those are the two guys the Yankees absolutely need to perform
in order to stay in the playoff hunt this year.
first baseman Chris Shelton hasn't exactly come out of nowhere this year to hit
five home runs in his first four games. Last year Shelton knocked out 18 homers
in 388 at-bats and produced a solid .510 slugging percentage. The twenty-six
year old plays big at 6 foot, 215 pounds and will be the Tiger first baseman for
the entire season. This allows the predictably productive (and even bigger!)
Dmitri Young to DH this season and keep the wear and tear on his body to a
minimum. Throw in a typical Ivan Rodriguez season at the plate and a healthy
year from Magglio Ordonez and the Tiger offense could keep the thunder rolling
in Detroit for the rest of the year.
Craig Biggio moved
into 10th place all-time on the career doubles list. With 607 doubles Biggio now
trails Hank Aaron (624), Honus Wagner (640) and Carl Yastrzemski (646) on the
all-time list. The future Hall of Famer should pass Aaron this summer and a real
good year will get him up to Yaz and Wagner's numbers by September. If Biggio
can play this season and next at the same level he could have a shot at being
5th on the all-time list when he retires.
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