There are no set criteria for being an ace of a MLB pitching staff. However, in my opinion an ace goes 7+ innings giving up 3 or less runs. An ace is someone who is a workhorse, can shutdown tough competition, and break up a losing streak. Cole Hamels was just that last season, turning in 20 of those efforts during the regular season, and 4 during the postseason. That’s an ace. It’s been a far different story in 2009 though, as he’s only went 7+ while surrendering 3 or fewer runs two times. That’s not ace.
Best Second Baseman Ever?
Jeff Kent, Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Lou Whitaker, and now Chase Utley are considered to be in the top tier of 2-sackers of all-time. Utley was last night’s hero, blasting 2 homeruns, including the game winning shot. He’s got a long way to go to catch up to his predecessors’ career stats, but he’s well on his way. Lifetime #’s: 748 gm, 532 r, 876 h, 200 dbl, 22 trpl, 145 hr, 533 rbi, 65 sb, .299 avg, .910 OPS.
Phils constant nemesis Tim Redding (Lifetime 5-3, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) goes for the Mets with Grand Pappy Moyer on the hill for the Phightins in the series rubber match. Taking this series from the Mutts would be a huge morale boost heading into some tough interleague play against Boston and Toronto.