Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Howard & Other Stuff
With the 2014 MLB regular season winding down, it's time to take a look at The Howard standings. Atop the leader board are Ian Desmond and Brandon Belt with 3 apiece. Belt is currently inactive, but Desmond continues to crack homeruns and misplays balls, so a 4th Howard might just happen in the last 20 games. There's a butt-load of players with 2 Howards on the season, with Adrian Beltre, Aramis Ramirez, and Chris Davis as my favorites to possibly churn out another before season's end.
*Jimmy Rollins left last night's game with a sore hammy. That's bad news for the rest of the season. The Phillies are calling it a strain, and honestly there's no reason to risk further injury, so expect to see a lot of that no-hitting Freddy Galvis (.085/.276 in 59 AB) the rest of September.
*Ryan Howard is 8 RBI shy of 100.
*Ben Revere is 7 SB shy of 50.
*Cesar Jimenez has a pristine ERA of 0.00 through 11.2 IP in 11 appearances.
*Rookie Dave Buchannon has likely secured a spot in the 2015 rotation. His ERA/WHIP combo of 3.95/1.31 is 4th/5th starter worthy. With another 6.2 IP, he'll reach 100 IP for the season. He toes the slab tonight, so let's root for him.
*Ken Giles is one of the best young relievers in the game with a 1.16 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 56 K in 38.2 IP.