The Good: Brandon Phillips K:BB rate is basically 1:1. Last year and in 2007 it was about 3:1.
The Bad: Johnny Cueto’s K rate is slipping. Last year he was at 8.17 K/9 and this season it’s 6.41 K/9. What’s worse is that his K rate has gone down from 7.3 K/9 in April to 5.6 K/9 in June.
The Ugly: Carlos Marmol’s K:BB rate is basically 1:1. Last year he struck out 2.8 batters for every walk allowed.
The Good: Nelson Cruz and Ryan Howard’s road splits. They hit in hitter’s parks, but are better on the road.
The Bad: Carlos Pena’s road splits. He’s hit 10 home runs, but his average is 80 points better at the Trop.
The Ugly: Chris Young (2.61 ERA at home, 7.82 ERA away) and Clayton Kershaw (1.93 ERA at home, 6.75 ERA away) have been terrible on the road. Young has been placed on the DL with roaditus ahem I mean an inflamed right shoulder – it’s almost as shocking as finding out that Bruce Willis was the dead person Haley Joel Osment was seeing.
The Good: Robinson Cano is on pace to double his 2008 home run output. Curtis Granderson is on pace to hit 40 home runs. After starting last year on the DL and missing 21 games, Granderson has perfect attendance this season. He also enjoys the view from the fifth spot in the lineup where he’s hitting 74 points higher than he was batting first.
The Bad: After averaging 24 steals a year from 1997 – 2008 Mike Cameron has attempted only 3 this year. Alfonso Soriano hasn’t stolen 20 bases since 2006 and is on pace to come up short again. Both players are hitting under .200 this month.
The Ugly: James Loney has 2 home runs in 254 at-bats this year. Ned Colletti should give a look to Aubrey Huff.
The Good: Charlie at FB365 touched on it, but Jay Bruce is worth holding on to. The K rate is better than it was last year (26.6% vs 22.1%).
The Bad: A.J. Burnett’s WHIP is getting worse each month this year. With the contract signed, sealed, and delivered it seems like Burnett’s ready to reestablish himself among the Hardens and Chris Youngs as one of Dr. James Andrews best leads.
The Ugly: Chris Davis’ 96 strikeouts. If he had a .538 BABIP, he still wouldn’t be hitting .300 overall.
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