NBA Free Agency Staff Predictions

On the eve of NBA free agency, our staff here at New York Sports Zone put together our NBA free agency predictions. Each member of our staff predicted which teamwill sign each of the top fourteen free agents.

Tom(Tommysports)

Lebron James – Cleveland
Dwayne Wade – Miami
Chris Bosh – Chicago
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas
Amar’e Stoudemire – Miami
Joe Johnson – New York
Carlos Boozer – New York
David Lee – Phoenix
Rudy Gay – New Jersey
Ray Allen – New Jersey
Shaquille O’Neal – Toronto
Raymond Felton – New York
Jermaine O’Neal – LA Clippers
Richard Jefferson – LA Clippers

 
Mike(KingKell)
 
Lebron James – Cleveland
Dwayne Wade – Miami
Chris Bosh – Chicago
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas
Amar’e Stoudemire – New York
Joe Johnson – New York
Carlos Boozer -Miami
David Lee – New Jersey
Rudy Gay – New Jersey
Ray Allen – Boston
Shaquille O’Neal – Chicago
Raymond Felton – Charlotte
Jermaine O’Neal – LA Clippers
Richard Jefferson – LA Clippers
 
Nick(nyysports)
 
Lebron James – Chicago
Dwayne Wade – Miami
Chris Bosh – Miami
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas
Amar’e Stoudemire – New York(Sign-and-trade for Lee)
Joe Johnson – New York
Carlos Boozer – Chicago
David Lee – Phoenix(Sign-and-trade with New York)
Rudy Gay – Memphis
Ray Allen – New Jersey
Shaquille O’Neal – New Jersey
Raymond Felton – Miami
Jermaine O’Neal – New York
Richard Jefferson – LA Clippers
 
Zach(nysportsguy28)
Lebron James – Cleveland
Dwayne Wade – Miami
Chris Bosh – Miami
Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas
Amar’e Stoudemire – New York
Joe Johnson – New York
Carlos Boozer – Chicago
David Lee – New Jersey
Rudy Gay – LA Clippers
Ray Allen – Boston
Shaquille O’Neal – Dallas
Raymond Felton – New York
Jermaine O’Neal – Miami
Richard Jefferson – New Jersey
    
            As you can see, all our writers seem to think the Knicks and Nets will be very busy this summer. Although none of us have the Knicks or the Nets getting Lebron James, all of us feel that the Knicks and the Nets will net some of the top free agents which should lead to both the Knicks and the Nets being much improved teams in the 2010-2011 season.
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Ranking the 2010 Free Agents According to WARP

Basketball Prospectus recently came out with a “WARP” stat, much like Baseball Prospectus. WARP is short for Wins Above Replacement Player. This stat is used to determine a player’s value over a “replacement player.” A replacement player is defined as a player who could potentially replace a starter. In baseball it could be a bench or AAA player, in basketball it would likely be a bench or D-League player. While WARP is a very reliable stat, it’s only flaw is that we don’t have a true definition of a replacement player. The following data is based on last season.

2010 Free Agents
Lebron James: 25.3
Dwayne Wade: 20.0
Chris Bosh: 14.0
David Lee: 13.2
Dirk Nowitzki: 11.7
Carlos Boozer: 11.7
Amar’e Stoudemire: 10.8
Joe Johnson: 7.4
Paul Pierce: 6.9
Raymond Felton: 6.1
Jermaine O’Neal: 5.7
Luis Scola (RFA): 5.1
Rudy Gay (RFA): 3.6
Shaquille O’Neal: 3.6
Ray Allen: 3.1
Richard Jefferson: 0.9
Tracy McGrady: 0.3
Allen Iverson: 0.0

An interesting set of data there. If this measure of value is somewhat accurate, the theory of Dwayne Wade being more valuable than Lebron James has been debunked. This also shows that Chris Bosh is a much better player than Amar’e Stoudemire, something I have been saying all along. I am very surprised at how much value David Lee, Carlos Boozer, and Jermaine O’Neal have according to WARP. This analysis also shows how low Joe Johnson’s value truly is. It is possible the system has some flaws, but I think this is a somewhat decent way to judge players. We also see through WARP that a single basketball player has more value than a single baseball player. This makes a ton of sense, considering there are only five basketball players on the court at once. Now lets take a look at the Knicks and Nets under contract for next year.

2010-2011 Knicks under contract
Danillo Gallinari: 3.2
Toney Douglas: 1.2
Bill Walker: 0.3
Wilson Chandler: 0.0
Eddy Curry: -0.4

Possible trade targets
Chris Paul: 10.7 (26.1 in ’08-’09)
Carmelo Anthony: 9.5
Tony Parker: 2.3 (11.8 in ’08-’09)

So yea, not exactly a championship contending team if the Knicks don’t bring in at least two All-Star caliber players. Danillo is a solid peice, but you would definitely want to bring in a point guard and center. I think Douglas would be a perfect fit at shooting guard. He is much more of a scorer than a passer. His three-point shooting could really help the Knicks stretch the court (along with Gallinari) if they don’t land a sharpshooter like Joe Johnson. Paul is their best option in a trade for a point guard, but they could also look at Tony Parker. Carmelo Anthony would be a great consolation prize to Lebron, but I don’t know what the Knicks would have to give up to get him.

2010-2011 Nets under contract
Brook Lopez: 11.3
Devin Harris: 4.6
Kris Humphries (Player Option): 2.4
Josh Boone (RFA): 2.0
Courtney Lee: -0.1
Terrence Williams: -0.5
Quinton Ross: -2.1

Nets recently traded
Yi Jianlian: -0.3
Chris Douglas-Roberts: -1.5

I really like this core. First off, you have Brook Lopez who is going to become a superstar. Devin Harris is good enough at point guard, and I really like what Kris Humphries did at the end of last season. I wouldn’t be heartbroken if Humphries’ salary can’t be dealt. Boone may be a little overrated by this system, but he could be a nice fit somewhere outside of New Jersey. T-Will and Lee had below average seasons last year, but here is why I am not concerned: These players are very young and are going to continue to grow. Williams was excellent torwards the end of last season. He is a potential opening night starter.

Almost every player listed here will probably get better next season. With the young talent that the Nets have, it is easy to say that they will have a brighter future than the Knicks. WARP also shows that the two trades the Nets made recently were indeed good ones. I am extremely happy that Yi is gone, and CDR isn’t as a big of a loss as some make him out to be. According to WARP, he would have been our worst player under contract for next season. Sure Quinton Ross is terrible, but he should see very little playing time next season.

I wanted to take this opportunity to commend all my fellow Knicks and Nets fans who have supported their teams through this demolition phase. Hopefully both fanbases will be rewarded with quality players that can turn their teams into championship contenders. It is important to be open minded throughout this process. It isn’t Lebron or bust. There are other quality options in the free agency and trade markets other than the “big three” of Lebron, Wade, and Bosh. Those are the only players who deserve max contracts, but there are other non-max alternatives.

It is important for both teams (especially the Knicks) to not give out max contracts just for the sake of doing so. Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer, and Amar’e Stoudemire aren’t max players. You don’t want to be the team to give them a long term, high priced deal. If I were the Knicks, I would keep David Lee at a lower price before giving Boozer and Amar’e max contracts. That’s the beautiful thing about this free agency period. There are so many options both in the free agent class and the trade market.

We’re just a few hours away from free agency. It should be a bumpy ride. A golden age of New York basketball is about to be dwelt among us. Good luck to Donnie Walsh, Jim Dolan, Rod Thorn, Jay-Z, and Mikhail Prokhorov with their recruiting.

2010 NBA Free Agency Preview

You’ve been hearing about it for about two years now. “The Summer of 2010,” or “The Summer of Lebron,” is now on. Beginning July 1, the most talent loaded free agency period in the history of professional sports begins with a moratorium. Beginning July 8, teams can begin to sign free agents. Both the New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks have set themselves up in a prime position to make a huge splash during this summer. The most interesting part is that both teams have rebuilt in extremely different ways. First let’s look at how this all came about.

In July of 2006, Carmelo Anthony signed a five-year contract extension with the Denver Nuggets. His contract is set to expire after next season. That same year, many thought Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar Lebron James would agree on a similar deal. Instead, Lebron inked a three-year contract extension that started at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season. This deal expired after the 2009-2010 season. James has a player option for next year, but he isn’t expected to exercise it. Soon enough, players such as Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh signed similar deals that ended in 2010.

With this unbelievable free agent class set for the summer of 2010, many teams began to rebuild and trade away players with big contracts in order to get under the NBA’s salary cap. The NBA actually has two salary caps. One of these caps is the “hard cap.” The hard cap cannot be passed under any circumstances. The other salary cap can. This is called the “soft cap.” Teams over the soft cap cannot sign any free agents. For years, teams such as the Knicks have been over the soft cap. Because of certain long-term and expensive contracts, many teams have had a hard time maneuvering to get under the soft cap.

On May 18, the 26th annual NBA Draft Lottery was held. The Knicks didn’t have a lottery pick thanks to the Stephon Marbury trade back in 2004. Instead, they had two second round picks (38th and 39th overall.) The Nets were guaranteed to win at least the fourth pick in the lottery. Despite having a 25% chance to get the first overall pick, the Nets only received the third pick in the draft. The Washington Wizards won the first pick and the Philadelphia 76ers took home the second pick. Considering the Nets had the best chance of any team to win the lottery, this was extremely disappointing. The Nets now had to miss out on highly touted point guard John Wall and the versatile Evan Turner. Either player would have been a great fit for the Nets.

Before the draft, the Nets traded away swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts. I do not agree with this move because of CDR’s low salary this season. On the other hand, if saving another million dollars will make a difference in the end, I am all for it. With the third pick in the NBA draft, the Nets drafted Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors. I believe that Favors can start from day one. If the Nets want to use him in a sign-and-trade, they could potentially bring back a great player. The Nets traded their second two picks to acquire Damion Jones. Jones, drafted 24th, is a solid bench piece who can play both forward positions. After the draft, the Nets saved $3,000,000 by trading forward Yi Jianlian to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. They also bought out Keyon Dooling, saving even more money. The Nets now have tons of flexibility to work with in the free agent and trade markets.

By adding Favors, the Nets are adding to an already solid core of players. I personally feel that the Nets couldn’t have done a better job at rebuilding. The Nets started their rebuilding phase with an aging team featuring the “Big Three” of Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson. Led by Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe, the Nets went into demolition mode by trading away all three of the players listed above for draft picks and young talent. The Nets brought in All-Star point guard Devin Harris from the Jason Kidd trade. Harris has turned into an unbelievable player. This was by far the best trade the Nets have made in recent memory. The Nets also acquired Yi Jianlian for Richard Jefferson and Courtney Lee for Vince Carter. Obviously the Jefferson trade didn’t work out, but Lee can be a great bench piece if he continues to grow. Is he a starter? No. But he still has some value. During this time, the Nets also drafted Terrence Williams and Brook Lopez. While Lopez is a future All-Star, Terrence Williams can definitely grow into a solid starter. T-Will can finish at the rim better than any other player on the Nets.

In May, Mikhail Prokhorov took over as the majority owner of the Nets. Prokhorov, Russia’s richest man, has vowed to turn the franchise around. Prokhorov even went as far to guarantee at least one title in the next five years. That is an awful lot to guarantee for a team coming off a 12-70 season, but it could very well happen. The Nets have the potential to be the next Boston Celtics. New Jersey has the cap space to sign one max free agent and enough room left over to sign various role players or to sign another medium priced player. The Nets have put themselves in a position where they don’t need to sign a premier free agent in order to contend next season. However, I do think Prokhorov will be extremely aggressive in the free agent market. If he lands one of the top free agents, New Jersey can be a very dangerous team next season. The Nets will say goodbye to the Izod Center and play in the Prudential Center next year, followed by their long awaited move into the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2012-2013 season. New head coach Avery Johnson is a huge upgrade, and he should bring the Nets’ young talent to the next level. Rod Thorn will step down as team president in two weeks, and had rumored to be replaced by Maurizio Gherardini or Jerry Colangelo.

The Knicks have not had a winning season since their 2000-2001 campaign. Ever since Patrick Ewing left New York, the Knicks have been a disgrace of a franchise. Thanks to Isiah Thomas’ terrible general managing, the Knicks found themselves in salary cap hell. In 2008, Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan finally fired Isiah. Dolan then hired former Pacers’ general manager Donnie Walsh as president of basketball operations. Walsh began to trade players and draft picks in order to get teams to take on the bad contracts Isiah took on. This was done in order to hopefully get under the cap and sign one or two max free agents such as Lebron James or Dwayne Wade. Depending on the official salary cap, the Knicks will have about $33 million to spend in the off season. That is enough for two max contracts ($16-$17 million a piece) with barely any money left over.

The Knicks had a lackluster draft to say the least. The Knicks stretched to take both Andy Rautins and Landry Fields at 38 and 39. The front office angered many fans by not taking Lance Stephenson, a local prospect, with one of there picks. Rautins can be a decent bench piece at shooting guard, while Rautins will probably struggle to play at a high level at small forward in the NBA.

Because of the lack of talent already signed on the team for 2010, signing two max free agents is crucial for the Knicks’ success. Donnie Walsh will look at all of his options, including a possible sign-and-trade deal with the New Orleans Hornets for point guard Chris Paul. Paul would be the perfect player to run head coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system. He could end up being what Steve Nash was for D’Antoni while he was coaching the Suns. Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker is another name that has been thrown around in trade talks. If Donnie Walsh could trade away Eddy Curry’s contract (which expires after next season,) the Knicks would have even more flexibility this off season. The Knicks will do whatever it takes to get better this summer, even if it means letting star forward David Lee leave for free agency or using him in a sign-and-trade. The one thing I wouldn’t do is signing Joe Johnson to a max contract. Johnson is an above-average two-guard, but he is definitely not worth a max contract. As a matter of fact, Lebron, Wade, and Bosh are the only players worth a max contract this year.

Without a doubt, the biggest prize of this free agent class is Lebron James. The Akron native was drafted out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. The once-in-a-generation prodigy made an immediate impact by winning the Rookie of the Year Award in his rookie season. Lebron would lead Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals, but they were swept in the series by the Spurs. Despite his regular season success, Lebron has always been knocked for his lack of clutch play in the playoffs. Led by James, the Cavaliers had the best regular season record in the NBA for the past two seasons. Despite their regular season success, both seasons the Cavs failed to reach the NBA Finals. With a terrible 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Boston, many have speculated that the star forward will not return to Cleveland.

There has been a ton of speculation when it comes to Lebron James’ next team. I say don’t count out the Cavaliers retaining Lebron. Because of the rules in the collective bargaining agreement, Cleveland can offer him more guaranteed money than any other team that can sign James. He would also be staying in his home state of Ohio. If Lebron is all about his image, then he will re-sign with the Cavs. If he is about winning, then he will probably sign with Miami, Chicago, or New Jersey. I think Miami will land Amar’e Stoudemire or Carlos Boozer instead, but Lebron playing aside Dwayne Wade is always a possibility. It wouldn’t work because each player needs the ball in their hands 80% of the time, but it would be an interesting combo. Chicago would present a strong supporting cast behind Lebron. Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose are the perfect players to play beside James. However, Lebron may not want to ruin his image by playing under Michael Jordan’s shadow in Chicago. James has already changed his number from 23 to 6 in order to avoid association with Jordan. For the Nets, Devin Harris, Brook Lopez, and Derrick Favors could persuade Lebron to play for New Jersey. Lebron’s friendship with Nets minority owner Jay-Z doesn’t hurt either. The planned move to Brooklyn could help out the Nets’ chances at Lebron as well.

So where do the Knicks fit in this equation? Despite their talent shortage, the Knicks have a lot of things going for them. First, you have the city itself. New York City is the Mecca of basketball. Madison Square Garden, the world’s most famous arena, has surely seen its share of great basketball games. Next, you have the passionate Knicks fans. These fans have waited a long time for winning basketball, and they may very well get it if Lebron arrives. Lebron would be adored like no other player in history if he were to sign with New York. Lastly, you have the marketing factor. Lebron is already extremely popular all around the nation, but playing in New York could take him to a whole new level. He’d be a global phenomenon. Just imagine how many more endorsement deals James would get just from playing in the country’s biggest market. This is exactly why Wayne Gretzky played for the Rangers at the end of his career.

Perhaps the second biggest name on the free agent market this year is Dwayne Wade. The All-Star shooting guard led the Miami Heat to an NBA Championship in 2006. Wade’s ring is the one thing he has over Lebron. Wade would be a perfect fit for his hometown Chicago Bulls, but he has already made statements showing that his heart is in Miami. Wade leaving Miami would be an absolute shock. I think it’s safe to cross Dwayne Wade off your free agent shopping list.

There are many other options in this free agent class. Being the deepest free agent class in sports history, there are tons of secondary options to choose from. Besides Wade, Joe Johnson and Ray Allen are the best options at shooting guard. If you want a power forward, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, or David Lee may suit your needs. I think Dirk will re-sign with the Mavs, but there is always a chance he could leave. The same can be said for center Yao Ming and swingman Paul Pierce, who both still may opt-out. Lakers’ future Hall of Fame shooting guard Kobe Bryant had a player option for next season, but he signed a contract extension during this season. An interesting option on the table is Memphis Grizzlies’ small forward Rudy Gay. Gay is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Grizzlies can match any offer sheet presented to Gay. The Grizzlies have stated that they don’t want to lose Gay, but anything is possible at this point. He would surely be a great alternative at small forward for teams that miss out on Lebron James.

The Summer of 2010 will be the most dramatic and unpredictable off season in the history of professional sports. What makes it even more exciting is the possibility of players such as Lebron James or Chris Bosh coming to the metropolitan area. If the Knicks somehow land Lebron, many fans will view him as the next Mark Messier. He is the player who can finally put the Knicks on top. Across the Hudson River, the Nets and their new owner have tons of talent and money to play with. You can easily make the argument that they have a brighter future than the Knicks. If all goes well, both the Knicks and Nets should be near the top of the Eastern Conference come next season.

MLB PLAYER RANKINGS

These player rankings are not for fantasy. You can say that they are “real” player rankings. Every week I will be ranking the top 25 starting pitchers in each league, and the top American and National League starting position players. The higher the player is on the list the better the player. For the New York baseball fans Mets and Yankees are in bold. Such players as Jacoby Ellsbury, , Kendry Morales, and Carlos Beltran are not ranked due to that they are injured. Once these players come back they will be ranked accordingly.

Note: QS stands for quality starts, these stats are of June 28, 2010

Top NL Pitchers

Ubaldo Jiminez

14 QS  13-1  95 K  1.60 ERA  1.04 WHIP

Roy Halladay

13 QS  9-6  102 K  2.29 ERA  1.07 WHIP

Tim Lincecum

12 QS  8-2  113 K  2.86 ERA  1.21 WHIP

Josh Johnson

14 QS  8-3  107 K  1.83 ERA  0.96 WHIP

Adam Wainwright

13 QS  10-5  107 K  2.47 ERA  1.02 WHIP

Stephen Strasburg

3 QS  2-1  41 K  1.78 ERA  0.95 WHIP

Chris Carpenter

12 QS  9-1  95 K  2.63 ERA  1.13 WHIP

Yovani Gallardo

11 QS  7-3  115 K  2.36 ERA  1.21 WHIP

Matt Cain

12 QS  6-6  70 K  2.72 ERA  1.10 WHIP

Clayton Kershaw

11 QS  7-4  108 K  3.19 ERA  1.24 WHIP

Johan Santana

9 QS  5-5  66 K  3.55 ERA  1.25 WHIP

Roy Oswalt

13 QS  5-10  97 K  3.55 ERA  1.13 WHIP

Jaime Garcia

12 QS 7-4  70 K  2.27 ERA  1.26 WHIP

Tim Hudson

7-3  45 K  2.54 ERA  1.17 WHIP

Mike Pelfrey

11 QS  10-2  63 K  2.71 ERA 1.22 WHIP

Dan Haren

8 QS  7-6  109 K  4.65 ERA  1.31 WHIP

Tommy Hanson

7 QS  7-5  90 K  4.50 ERA  1.39 WHIP

Mat Latos

10 QS  8-4  84 K  2.85 ERA  0.99 WHIP

Barry Zito

11 QS  7-4  67 K  3.45 ERA  1.22 WHIP

Cole Hamels

8 QS  6-6  88 K  4.08 ERA  1.36 WHIP

Carlos Silva

11 QS  8-2  61 K  3.01 ERA  1.05 WHIP

Mike Leake

11 QS  5-1  58 K  2.92 ERA  1.41 WHIP

R.A. Dickey

6 QS  6-0  35 K  2.33 ERA  1.29 WHIP

Ricky Nolasco

8 QS  6-6  68 K  4.92 ERA  1.37 WHIP

1 Down: Tommy Hanson

Tommy Hanson for the Atlanta Braves for the past two weeks have been horrendous. His ERA has gone from 3.38 to 4.50 and had only 4 strikeouts. It’s quite interesting that he got destroyed by the Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox which are two mid-level American League teams.

1 Up: Mat Latos of the San Diego Padres and Yovani Gallardo of the MIlwaukee Brewers have been pitching like superstars as of late. Mat Latos since May has had an ERA of 1.95, and having excellent control by only allowing 15 walks. Yovani Gallardo’s start against the Minnesota Twins was one of the best of the season, he threw a complete game while delivering 12 strikeouts. I just cannot believe I didn’t write anything about Stephen Strasburg…oh wait.

Top AL Pitchers

Zack Greinke

11 QS  3-8  89 K  3.72 ERA  1.19 WHIP

CC Sabathia

11 QS  9-3  89 K  3.49 ERA  1.15 WHIP

Jon Lester

10 QS  9-3  111 K  2.86 ERA  1.11 WHIP

Felix Hernandez

13 QS  5-5  105 K  3.28 ERA  1.19 WHIP

Cliff Lee

9 QS  6-3  76 K  2.39 ERA  0.91 WHIP

Jered Weaver

13 QS  7-3  118 K  3.01 ERA  1.09 WHIP

David Price

12 QS  11-3  84 K  2.44 ERA  1.21 WHIP

Andy Pettitte

11 QS  9-2  74 K  2.72 ERA  1.16 WHIP

Ricky Romero

11 QS  6-3  101 K  2.85 ERA  1.22 WHIP

Francisco Liriano

11 QS  6-5  100 K  3.11 ERA  1.22 WHIP

Justin Verlander

9 QS  9-5  93 K  4.02 ERA  1.16 WHIP

Phil Hughes

8 QS  10-1  78 K  3.17 ERA  1.13 WHIP

Clay Buchholz

9 QS  10-4  64 K  2.45 ERA  1.25 WHIP

Jeff Niemann

12 QS  6-2  70 K  2.72 ERA  1.07 WHIP

Colby Lewis

9 QS  7-5  94 K  3.28 ERA  1.07 WHIP

Matt Garza

9 QS  8-5  78 K  4.10 ERA  1.31 WHIP

Shawn Marcum

11 QS  7-3   81 K  3.14 ERA  1.13 WHIP

CJ Wilson

11 QS  6-3  69 K  3.35 ERA  1.15 WHIP

Carl Pavano

11 QS  9-6  59 K  3.33 ERA  1.03 WHIP

John Danks

10 QS  7-6  75 K  3.62 ERA  1.24 WHIP

John Lackey

9 QS  8-3  56 K  4.69 ERA  1.57 WHIP

Jason Vargas

12 QS  6-3  62 K  2.80 ERA  1.11 WHIP

Ervin Santana

10 QS  8-5  92 K  3.92 ERA  1.36 WHIP

Fausto Carmona

11 QS  6-6  52 K  3.64 ERA  1.27 WHIP

1 Down: Nobody. All of these pitchers have been pitching pretty good recently

1 Up:  Carl Pavano of the Minnesota Twins (as much as it hurts me to say this) is pitching like an ace. The past two starts against the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies he has pitched two complete games. Of course this pitcher that is dreaded in New York sports history is making a name for himself in Minnesota

Top AL Catchers

Joe Mauer

.304 BA  3 HR  33 RBI  .381 OBP  .433 SLG

Victor Martinez

.289 BA  9 HR  38 RBI  .344 OBP  .480 SLG

Jorge Posada

.274 BA  9 HR  27 RBI  .376 OBP  .503 SLG

Carlos Santana

.333 BA   4 HR  14 RBI  .450 OBP  .729 SLG

John Jaso

.271 BA  3 HR  25 RBI  .398 OBP  .396 SLG

John Buck

.270 BA  13 HR  40 RBI  .309 OBP  .530 SLG

Matt Wieters

.238 BA  6 HR  26 RBI  .307 OBP  .346 SLG

Kurt Suzuki

.264 BA  10 HR  32 RBI  .318 OBP  .453 SLG

AJ Pierzynski

.242 BA  4 HR  20 RBI .281 OBP  .363 SLG

Jason Kendall

.265 BA  0 HR  28 RBI  .326 OBP  .319 SLG

Alex Aliva

.235 BA 3 HR  11 RBI  .321 OBP  .353 SLG

Jeff Mathis

.241 BA 1 HR  5 RBI  .270 OBP  .345 SLG

1 Down: Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles has been of the major dissapointments of the season so far. Having been deemed “God” by his college teammates, he is hitting only .238 with 26 RBI. He really needs to pick it up if he does not want to be deemed a major bust.

1 Up: Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians is a stud. This kid can flat out hit, I know he has been in the majors for only two weeks but he is putting up Mike Piazza numbers in slugging and on-base percentage. Carlos Santana is an absolute force and should receive serious consideration for Rookie of the Year.

Top NL Catchers

Brian McCann

.259 BA  9 HR  32 RBI  .379 OBP  .443 SLG

Miguel Olivo

.295 BA  10 HR  34 RBI  .355 OBP  .516 SLG

Yadier Molina

.235 BA  3 HR  30 RBI  .348 OBP  .435 SLG

Miguel Montero

.386 BA  2 HR  10 RBI  .444 OBP  .596 SLG

Geovany Soto

.271 BA  8 HR  19 RBI  .405 OBP  .459 SLG

Carlos Ruiz

.275  2 HR  13 RBI  .398 OBP  .366 SLG

Ryan Doumit

.257 BA  6 HR  27 RBI  .336 OBP  .405 SLG

Rod Barajas

.249 BA  11 HR  31 RBI  .288 OBP  ,467 SLG

Russell Martin

.245 BA  4 HR  17 RBI  .352 OBP  .332 SLG

Bengie Molina

.259 BA  3 HR  17 RBI  .312 OBP  .335 SLG

Ivan Rodriguez

.303 BA  1 HR  23 RBI  .330 OBP  .400 SLG

Ramon Hernandez

.281 BA  3 HR  16 RBI  .368 OBP  .381 SLG

Gregg Zaun

.265 BA  5 HR  14 RBI  .350 OBP  .392 SLG

Yorvit  Torrealba

.281 BA  1 HR  15 RBI  .338 OBP  .359 SLG

Humberto Quintero

.243 BA  3 HR  9 RBI  .268 OBP  .354 SLG

1 Down: Rod Barajas of the New York Mets has not been the power hitting catcher he was in May. He has only gotten ten hits in June. He does not seem to be affecting the Mets since they just keep on winning without him.

1 Up: Miguel Montero of the Arizona Diamondbacks since returning from injury has been making himself look like Johnny Bench. Montero has hit .386 since returning to his team. Look for him to cool down obviously, but for now watch out for Miguel Montero.

Top AL First Basemen

Miguel Cabrera

.332 BA  20 HR  64 RBI  .409 OBP  .624 SLG

Justin Morneau

.346 BA  15 HR  49 RBI  .445 OBP  .612 SLG

Mark Teixeira

.229 BA  13 HR  48 RBI  .344 OBP  .408 SLG

Kevin Youkilis

.306 BA  15 HR  50 RBI  .425 OBP  .584 SLG

Paul Konerko

.301 BA  20 HR  56 RBI  .304 OBP  .589 SLG

Billy Butler

.317 BA  7 HR  38 RBI  .370 OBP  .471 SLG

Carlos Pena

.201 BA  16 HR  49 RBI  .318 OBP  .421 SLG

Mike Napoli

.251 BA  13 HR  31 RBI  .328 OBP  .489 SLG

Justin Smoak

.225 BA  8 HR  34 RBI  .340 OBP  .395 SLG

Daric Barton

.279 BA  4 HR  30 RBI  .385 OBP  .409 SLG

Lyle Overbay

.230 BA  7 HR  28 RBI  .312 OBP  .385 SLG

Andy Marte

.200 BA  1 HR  8 RBI  .318 OBP  .350 SLG

Rhyne Hughes

.213 BA  0 HR  4 RBI  .275 OBP  .255 SLG

Casey Kotchman

.188 BA  3 HR  22 RBI  .264 OBP  .292 SLG

1 Down: Nobody has been doing that bad except for some of the players on the bottom of the list who have been horrible all year.

1 Up: Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is currently on a nine game hitting streak. Teixeira has been heating it up as of late and I can only pray he keeps this up for the rest of the season for the New York Yankees who need his bat badly.

Top NL First Basemen

Albert Pujols

.306 BA  16 HR  51 RBI  .422 OBP  .542 SLG

Adrian Gonzalez

.307 BA  16 HR  49 RBI  .399 OBP  .549 SLG

Ryan Howard

.293 BA  15 HR  55 RBI  .350 OBP  .507 SLG

Joey Votto

.305 BA   16 HR  50 RBI  .411 OBP  .552 SLG

Prince Fielder

.260 BA  15 HR  32 RBI  .390 OBP  .469 SLG

Troy Glaus

.271 BA  14 HR  56 RBI  .374 OBP  .477 SLG

Adam Dunn

.276 BA 17 HR  47 RBI  .368 OBP  ,563 SLG

James Loney

.295 BA  5 HR  34 RBI  .347 OBP  .431 SLG

Adam LaRoche

.253 BA  11 HR  51 RBI  .340 OBP  .458 SLG

Gaby Sanchez

.302 BA  8 HR  34 RBI  .374 OBP  .472 SLG

Ike Davis

.269 BA  9 HR  33 RBI  .345 OBP  .449 SLG

Buster Posey

.297 BA  1 HR  10 RBI  .323 OBP  .396 SLG

Derrek Lee

.236 BA  10 HR  36 RBI  .333 OBP  .385 SLG

Lance Berkman

.240 BA  7 HR  32 RBI  .350 OBP  .396 SLG

Todd Helton

.250 BA 2 HR  15 RBI  .344 OBP  .318 SLG

Jeff Clement

.189 BA  5 HR  9 RBI  .230 OBP  .331 SLG

1 Down: Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers has not been his dominant self. Fielder is hitting .234 in June, and .260 for the whole season. Signs show that he might be picking it up soon by hitting eight home runs in June.

1 Up: Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres has been a man possessed. The only reason why the Padres are holding their lead in their division is because of this man. In June he is hitting .378 with seven home runs, and striking out only thirteen times in 96 at bats.

Top AL Second Basemen

Robinson Cano

.359 BA  15 HR  53 RBI  .409 OBP  .593 SLG  2 SB

Dustin Pedroia

.292 BA  12 HR  41 RBI  .370 OBP  .502 SLG  8 SB

Ian Kinsler

.289 BA  2 HR  23 RBI  .383 OBP  .391 SLG  7 SB

Orlando Hudson

.285 BA  3 HR  17 RBI  .356 OBP  .387 SLG  5 SB

Howard Kendrick

.273 BA  7 HR  48 RBI  .304 OBP  .408 SLG  6 SB

Ty Wiggington

.266 BA  13 HR  40 RBI  .351 OBP  .472 SLG  0 SB

Mike Aviles

.314 BA  2 HR  11 RBI  .341 OBP  .390 SLG  1 SB

Aaron Hill

.192 BA  11 HR  28 RBI  .284 OBP  .371 SLG  1 SB

Sergio Rodriguez

.250 BA  5 HR  26 RBI  .291 OBP  .425 SLG  4 SB

Gordon Beckham

.204 BA  2 HR  19 RBI  .271 OBP  .279 SLG  4 SB

Chone Figgins

.232 BA  0 HR  19 RBI  .337 OBP  .277 SLG  21 SB

Adam Rosales

.261 BA  5 HR  23 RBI  .319 OBP  .394 SLG  0 SB

Luis Valbuena

.166 BA  2 HR  14 RBI  .269 OBP  .245 SLG  1 SB

1 Down: Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays has been hitting an anemic .192 for the season. I honestly do not know what is wrong with Aaron Hill, he looks nothing like what he was a year ago. Hopefully for the Blue Jays sake he can pick it up and start hitting again.

1 Up: Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees in my opinion has been the best player in the American League so far. Cano’s hitting in unparallel to any other second baseman in the majors. He 100 percent has my vote for Most Valuable Player.

Top NL Second Basemen

Chase Utley

.276 BA  11 HR  37 RBI  .383 OBP  .467 SLG  5 SB

Martin Prado

.334 BA  7 HR  31 RBI  .376 OBP  .477 SLG  3 SB

Brandon Phillips

.311 BA  9 HR  25 RBI  .370 OBP  .477 SLG  10 SB

Dan Uggla

.264 BA  14 HR  41 RBI  .356 OBP  .473 SLG  2 SB

Rickie Weeks

.268 BA  13 HR  44 RBI  .370 OBP  .458 SLG  4 SB

Kelly Johnson

.262 BA  13 HR  35 RBI  .368 OBP  .491 SLG  6 SB

Freddy Sanchez

.300 BA 1 HR 18 RBI  .362 OBP  .385 SLG  0 SB

Cristian Guzman

.297 BA  1 HR  21 RBI  .330 OBP  .382 SLG  3 SB

Blake DeWitt

.266 BA  1 HR  24 RBI  .349 SLG  .375 SLG  0 SB

Ryan Theriot

.280 BA  0 HR  17 RBI  .319 OBP  .308 SLG  14 SB

Neil Walker

.295 BA  3 HR  12 RBI  .325 OBP  .464 SLG  2 SB

David Eckstein

.274 BA  1 HR 20 RBI  .324 OBP  .350 SLG  4 SB

Skip Schumaker

.258 BA  2 HR  18 RBI  .324 OBP  .336 SLG  2 SB

Jeff Keppinger

.276 BA  1 HR  25 RBI  .331 OBP  .364 SLG  1 SB

Ruben Tejada

.263 BA  0 HR 3 RBI  .323 OBP  .333 SLG  0 SB

Jonothan Herrera

.305 BA  0 HR  2 RBI  .328 OBP  .305 SLG  0 SB

1 Down: Ryan Theriot of the Chicago Cubs has struggles since the calling up of Starlin Castro. His on-base percentage and slugging percentage are just awful, I think this shows that either he is trying to get used to his postition in the Cubs lineup or he is just not trying.

1 Up: Brandon Phillips of the Cincinatti Reds has been the best second baseman in the National League over the past month. In June he is his hitting .366, and is the one of the best defensive second baseman in the National League. Brandon Phillips is a must watch player, and should be commended more often.  Note: Also Martin Prado of the Atlanta Braves has been fantastic in June as well, I think Phillips is better due to his defensive contributions.

Top AL Third Basemen

Evan Longoria

.297 BA  12 HR  52 RBI  .376 OBP  .514 SLG  12 SB

Alex Rodriguez

.285 BA  11 HR  54 RBI  .361 OBP  .494 SLG  2 SB

Adrian Beltre

.340 BA  12 HR  52 RBI  .379 OBP  .547 SLG  1 SB

Michael Young

.316 BA  11 HR  51 RBI  .364 OBP  .508 SLG  2 SB

Kevin Kouzmanoff

.285 BA  8 HR  39 RBI  .317 OBP  .414 SLG  1 SB

Alberto Callaspo

.279 BA  7 HR  35 RBI  .308 OBP  .424 SLG  3 SB

Miguel Tejada

.287 BA  5 HR  30 RBI  .318 OBP  .379 SLG  0 SB

Brandon Inge

.263 BA  6 HR  29 RBI  .337 OBP  .412 SLG  0 SB

Mike Teahen

.255 BA  3 HR  14 RBI  .340 OBP  .387 SLG  3 SB

Nick Punto

.260 BA  1 HR 18 RBI  .337 OBP  .337 SLG  5 SB

Jhonny Peralta

.260 BA  1 HR  34 RBI  .326 OBP  .411 SLG  1 SB

Jose Lopez

.244 BA  5 HR  29 RBI  .269 OBP  .334 SLG  3 SB

Brandon Wood

.176 BA  3 HR  12 RBI  .196 OBP  .242 SLG  1 SB

Jarrett Hoffpauir

.200 BA  0 HR  0 RBI  .238 OBP  .250 SLG  0 SB

1 Down: Jose Lopez of Seattle Mariners has been in an season long slump. His .269 on base percentage is one of the worst for all starting position players in the Majors. For the Mariners it just has been bad luck for the lack offense they have had. Jose Lopez usually is a .280 hitter with 25 home runs, if he was up to 100 percent the Mariners could of been contending in their division.

1 Up: Adrian Beltre of the Boston Red Sox statiscally is the best third baseman in the majors. He is hitting a whopping .340 for the Sox and does not show to be slowing down, since he is known for being a great second half hitter. He as well as A-Rod and Evan Longoria should make the All-Star Game.

Top NL Third Basemen

David Wright

.300 BA   14 HR  61 RBI  .386 OBP  .542 SLG  13 SB

Ryan Zimmerman

.290 BA  13 HR  37 RBI  .384 OBP  .517 SLG  1 SB

Scott Rolen

.300 BA  16 HR  50 RBI  .367 OBP  .571 SLG  0 SB

Placido Polanco

.318 BA  5 HR  27 RBI  .349 OBP  .433 SLG  3 SB

Pablo Sandoval

.273 BA  6 HR  30 RBI  .331 OBP  .415 SLG  2 SB

Casey McGehee

.268 BA  12 HR  50 RBI  .334 OBP  .460 SLG  1 SB

David Freese

.296 BA  4 HR  36 RBI  .361 OBP  .404 SLG  1 SB

Chase Headley

.259 BA  5 HR  25 RBI  .312 OBP  .350 SLG  10 SB

Ian Stewart

.253 BA  9 HR 34 RBI  .335 OBP  .418 SLG  5 SB

Jorge Cantu

.262  10 HR  49 RBI  .317 OBP  .433 SLG  0 SB

Mark Reynolds

.209 BA  17 HR  48 RBI  .323 OBP  .466 SLG  4 SB

Casey Blake

.267 BA  7 HR  30 RBI  .341 OBP  428 SLG  0 SB

Chipper Jones

.256 BA  5 HR  32 RBI  .388 OBP  .394 SLG

Aramis Ramirez

.168 BA  6 HR  23 RBI  .237 OBP  .300 SLG  0 SB

Pedro Alvarez

.114 BA  0 HR 5 RBI  .179 OBP  .171 SLG  0 SB

Pedro Feliz

.216 BA  2 HR  22 RBI  .244 OBP  .290 SLG  1 SB

1 Down: Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs, and Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks have been just terribly awful. For Ramirez there has to be something internally wrong with him, he used to be an excellent contact and power hitter. Hopefully for the Cubs he can discover his swing again. Mark Reynolds like I had predicted is having a big drop-off season. He is still hitting home runs, but is now striking out even more, making his average go down to .209. If Reynolds did not strike out so much he would be a top tier third baseman.

1 Up: David Wright of the New York Mets has been sensational. In June he has hit .389 and is just raking in runs against every team he faces. It is a travesty that he is not leading third baseman in votes for the All-Star Game. This just shows why fans should not be able to vote, but lets that talk about that some other time.

Top AL Shortstops

Derek Jeter

.286 BA  8 HR  39 RBI  .347 OBP  .418 SLG  8 SB

Elvis Andrus

.291 BA  0 HR  24 RBI  .375 OBP  .333 SLG  21 SB

Marco Scutaro

.284 BA  4 HR  25 RBI  .353 OBP  .384 SLG  4 SB

Alex Gonzalez

.263 BA  14 HR  40 RBI  .302 OBP  .491 SLG  1 SB

Erick Aybar

.270 BA  1 HR 13 RBI  .334 OBP  .348 SLG  11 SB

Alexei Ramirez

.268 BA  6 HR  28 RBI  .303 OBP  .401 SLG  2 SB

Josh Wilson

.279 BA  1 HR  14 RBI  .333 OBP  .366 SLG  3 SB

Jason Bartlett

.227 BA  1 HR  26 RBI  .320 OBP  .322 SLG  3 SB

Cliff Pennington

.247 BA  3 HR  23 RBI  .324 OBP  .360 SLG  10 SB

JJ Hardy

.217 BA  3 HR  13 RBI  .265 OBP  .333 SLG  0 SB

Ramon Santiago

.259 BA  2 HR  12 RBI  .335 OBP  .321 SLG  1 SB

Cesar Isurtis

.231 BA  0 HR 11 RBI  .278 OBP  .260 SLG  5 SB

1 Down:  Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees has not been Jeterian as of late. He has not been awful, he has just not been his .32o self. I think he will defitnetly pick it up after the All-Star Game.

1 Up: Not one American League shortstop has really shown anything to me the past couple of weeks. I guess the most notably could be Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers who has brought his average up .20 points in the past couple of weeks.

Top NL Shortstops

Hanley Ramirez

.296 BA  11 HR  44 RBI  .383 OBP  .489 SLG  14 SB

Jimmy Rollins

.311 BA  3 HR  11 RBI  .361 OBP  .557 SLG  3 SB

Jose Reyes

.279 BA  6 HR  31 RBI  .324 OBP  .422 SLG  19 SB

Rafael Furcal

.310 BA  2 HR  23 RBI  .361 OBP  .444 SLG  11 SB

Stephen Drew

.266 BA  4 HR  28 RBI  .333 OBP  .412 SLG  5 SB

Juan Uribe

.270 BA  12 HR  45 RBI  .342 OBP  .476 SLG  1 SB

Starlin Castro

.265 BA  2 HR  16 RBI  .322 OBP  .348 SLG  1 SB

Felipe Lopez

.242 BA 4 HR  17 RBI  .322 OBP  .389 SLG  4 SB

Orlando Cabrera

.240 BA  3 HR  27 RBI  .281 OBP  .329 SLG  10 SB

Yunel Escobar

.243 BA  0 HR 17 RBI  .345 OBP  .289 SLG  5 SB

Clint Barmes

.237 BA  5 HR  34 RBI  .294 OBP  .379 SLG  2 SB

Alcides Escobar

.246 BA  2 HR 23 RBI  .298 OBP  .340 SLG  5 SB

Jerry Hairston Jr.

.243 BA  4 HR  27 RBI  .284 OBP  .343 SLG 5 SB

Ian Desmond

.249 BA 4 HR  33 RBI  .289 OBP  .376 SLG  6 SB

Ronny Cedeno

.225 BA 4 HR  15 RBI  .265 OBP  .319 SLG  6 SB

Tommy Manzella

.212 BA  1 HR  16 RBI  .259 OBP  .254 SLG  0 SB

1 Down: Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals is just too bad to put into words. Everytime I watch the Nationals (only for Strasburg) Desmond is making stupid plays in the field, and is just costing games for the Nats. He just might be one of the worst shortsops I have ever seen in my entire life.

1 Up: Jose Reyes of the New York Mets has been playing like his amazing self the past month. The only analogy I can think of for Reyes is that he is a beautiful phoenix that has just risen from ashes. It is as simple as this; as long as Jose Reyes hits the Mets win.

Top AL Left Fielders

Josh Hamilton

.346 BA  18 HR  57 RBI  .389 OBP  .62O SLG  6 SB

Carl Crawford

.306 BA  7 HR  38 RBI  .372 OBP  487 SLG  26 SB

Brennan Boesch

.338 BA  12 HR  43 RBI  .389 OBP  .621 SLG  2 AB

Brett Gardner

.321 BA  3 HR  23 RBI  .403 OBP  .418 SLG 24 SB

Scott Podsednik

.292 BA  3 HR  31 RBI  .339 OBP  .370 SLG  22 SB

Fred Lewis

.292 BA  4 HR  20 RBI  .339 OBP  .459 SLG  5 SB

Delmon Young

.293 BA  8 HR  49 RBI  .328 OBP  .478 SLG  3 SB

Juan Pierre

.246 BA  0 HR 11 RBI  .314 OBP  .277 SLG  29 SB

Austin Kearns

.276 BA  7 HR  33 RBI  .362 RBI  .434 SLG  4 SB

Juan Rivera

.243 BA  10 HR  34 RBI  .307 OBP  .430 SLG  1 SB

Corey Patterson’

.272 BA  3 HR 10 RBI  .323 OBP  .381 SLG  12 SB

Conor Jackson

.245 BA  1 HR  14 RBI  .335 OBP  .330 SLG  5 SB

Michael Saunders

.202 BA  5 HR  17 RBI  .262 OBP  .394 SLG  1 SB

1 Down: Not one  of these players have been that bad besides Michael Saunders, (who is filling in for the mentally insane Milton Bradley) is just not ready for the majors yet.

1 Up: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers I am convinced is the next coming of the Messiah. He is hitting .495 in June. He has been the best player in baseball the past month, and it is an just awesome to see this guy hit again after having an injury riddled season in 2009.

Top NL Left Fielders

Ryan Braun

.301 BA  10 HR  47 RBI  .361 OBP  .483 SLG  6 SB

Matt Holliday

.301 BA  10 HR  37 RBI  .370 OBP  .495 SLG  11 SB

Josh Willingham

.276 BA  13 HR  42 RBI  .405 OBP  .502 SLG  7 SB

Jason Bay

.274 BA  4 HR  31 RBI  .366 OBP  .425 SLG  10 SB

Manny Ramirez

.307 BA  8 HR  38 RBI  .398 OBP  .508 SLG  1 SB

Alfonso Soriano

.284 BA  11 HR  36 RBI  .357 OBP  .541 SLG  4 SB

Jonny Gomes

.284 BA  9 HR  51 RBI  .340 OBP  ,484 SLG  1 SB

Aubrey Huff

.293 BA 12 HR  40 RBI  .383 OBP  .512 SLG  3 SB

Raul Ibanez

.241 BA  5 HR  32 RBI  .332 OBP  .386 SLG  1 SB

Carlos Lee

.234 BA  10 HR  39 RBI  .280 OBP  .390 SLG  1 SB

Seth Smith

.265 BA  10 HR  32 RBI  .323 OBP  .514 SLG  0 SB

Lastings Milledge

.279 BA  1 HR  23 RBI  .347 OBP  .383 SLG  4 SB

Chris Coghlan

.275 BA  4 HR  26 RBI  .338 OBP  .400 SLG 7 SB

Melky Cabrera

.260 BA  2 HR  22 RBI  .319 OBP  .330 SLG  3 SB

Gerardo Parra

.257 BA  2 HR  14 RBI  .297 OBP  .407 SLG  0 SB

Scott Hairston

.222 BA  7 HR  15 RBI  .321 OBP  .380 SLG  4 SB

1 Down: Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies is just not hitting the ball the way he used to, and it is costing the Phillies. I do think his age has finally caught up with him. I think this might be his last season as a revelant player, as the Phillies are looking to bring up Domonic Brown their best prospect in the second half of the season to platoon him with Ibanez.

1 Up: Josh Willingham of the Washington Nationals is a highly underrated player in the majors.  He has a .405 on base percentage and a .502 slugging percentage. These numbers are definitely all-star worthy, and should be well considered for a spot on the National League team.

Top AL Center Fielders

Alex Rios

.313 BA  13 HR  40 RBI  .369 OBP  .538  SLG  21 SB

Vernon Wells

.285 BA  19 HR  47 RBI  .339 OBP  .574 SLG  4 SB

Torii Hunter

.285 BA  12 HR  53 RBI  .357 OBP  .507 SLG  6 SB

Austin Jackson

.307 BA  1 HR  17 RBI  .355 OBP  .408 SLG  12 SB

Franklin Guttierez

.274 BA  6 HR  33 RBI  .346 OBP  404 SLG  9 SB

Curtis Granderson

.237 BA  7 HR  22 RBI  .317 OBP  435 SLG  6 SB

BJ Upton

.223 BA  7 HR  29  RBI  .318 OBP  .392 SLG  24 SB

Denard Span

.275 BA  3 HR  59 RBI  .346 OBP  .404 SLG  15 SB

Adam Jones

.271 BA  12 HR  33 RBI  .396 OBP  .441 SLG  3 SB

Rajai Davis

.265 BA  2 HR 21 RBI  .309 OBP  .359 SLG  26 SB

Julio Borbon

.295 BA  2 HR  23 RBI  .322 OBP  .379 SLG  9 2B

Mike Cameron

.266 BA  1 HR  8 RBI  .330 OBP  .362  SLG  0 SB

Mitch Maier

.257 BA  2 HR  26 RBI  .340 OBP  .358 SLG  0 SB

Trevor Crowe

.255 BA  1 HR  18 RBI  .314 OBP  .348 SLG  10 SB

1 Down: BJ Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays is a good baseball player and nothing more. He has hit 22 home runs the last two seasons, and does not look like he will be improving anytime soon. He also does not hustle on the field that led to a confrontation between him Evan Longoria in the dugout (I really wish Longoria has slugged him).

1 Up: Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox has been the White Sox’s knight in shining armor. He is the best center fielder in the American League in my opinion. He hits for a good average, runs very well, and steals superbly. He is a force to be reckoned with in the American League.

Top NL Center Fielders

Matt Kemp

.258 BA  12 HR  40 RBI  .316 OBP  .455 SLG  10 SB

Andrew McCutchen

.301 BA  7 HR  35 RBI  .378 OBP  .578 SLG  19 SB

Marlon Byrd

.316 BA  9 HR  35 RBI  .358 OBP  .498 SLG  4 SB

Shane Victorino

.249 BA  12 HR  45 RBI  .322 OBP  .454 SLG  16 SB

Carlos Gonzalez

.305 BA  10 HR  43 RBI  .333 OBP  .480 SLG  10 SB

Colby Rasmus

.283 BA  16 HR  40 RBI  .378 OBP .578 SLG  8 SB

Angel Pagan

.302 BA  4 HR  35 RBI  .363 OBP  .443 SLG  14 SB

Chris Young

.265 BA  13 HR  50 RBI  .328  OBP  .470 SLG  13 SB

Michael Bourn

.257 BA  0 HR  14 RBI  .333 OBP  .327 SLG  22 SB

Drew Stubbs

.234 BA  8 HR  35 RBI  .311 OBP  .391 SLG  16 SB

Nyjer Morgan

.252 BA  0 HR  11 RBI  .315 OBP  .315 SLG  16 SB

Carlos Gomez

.239 BA  5 HR  18 RBI  .280 OBP  .381 SLG  8 SB

Cameron Maybin

.225 BA  5 HR  19 RBI  .290 OBP  .341 SLG  6 SB

Aaron Rowand

.227 BA  6 HR  23 RBI  .272 OBP  .384 SLG  1 SB

Tony Gwynn Jr.

.225 BA  2 HR  14 RBI  .322 OBP  .317 SLG  14 SB

Nate McLouth

.176 BA  3 HR  14 RBI  .295 OBP  .282 SLG  4 SB

1 Down: Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers is having a down year so far. Kemp I still think is one of the best players in baseball just because he is a 5-tool player. I think he really needs to change his approach to hitting by swinging less often, this might affect his power a little but might help him more by making better contact rather than power.

1 Up: Angel Pagan of the New York Mets has been a superb replacement for the injured Carlos Beltran. He is currently hitting .3o2  and has proved himself to be one of the better players on the Mets. It is looking like Beltran is coming back after the All Star break where in which case Pagan might be dealt for pitching for the New York Mets

Top AL Right Fielders

Ichiro Suzuki

.333 BA  3 HR  22 RBI  .391 OBP  .431 SLG  21 SB

Nelson Cruz

.323 BA  10 HR  39 RBI  .392 OBP  .669 SLG  7 SB

Magglio Ordonez

.319 BA  10 HR  49 RBI  .394 OBP  .504 SLG  1 SB

David DeJesus

.333 BA  5 HR  35 RBI  .397 OBP  .481 SLG  3 SB

Shin Soo Choo

.286 BA  12 HR  41 RBI  .390 OBP  .473 SLG  12 SB

Ben Zobrist

.293 BA  5 HR  32 RBI  .372 OBP  .414 SLG  1 SB

Nick Markakis

.306 BA  3 HR  24 RBI  .398 OBP  .427 SLG  2 SB

Nick Swisher

.289 BA  11 HR  45 RBI  ,370 OBP  .494 SLG  0 SB

Bobby Abreu

.268 BA  8 HR  39 RBI  .362 OBP  .422 SLG  12 SB

Michael Cuddyer

.259 BA  7 HR  33 RBI  .327 OBP  .409 SLG  2 SB

Jose Bautista

.230 BA  20 HR  49 RBI  .357 OBP  .537 SLG  3 SB

Ryan Sweeney

.293 BA  1 HR  32 RBI  .341 OBP  .383 SLG  1 SB

Carlos Quentin

.229 BA  12 HR  48 RBI .326 OBP  .450 SLG  0 SB

Daniel Nava

.294 BA  1 HR  10 RBI  .368 OBP  .490 SLG  0 SB

1 Down: Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is finally cooling down. Over the past month Bautista has been hitting .192  with only 9 RBI. It looks liks American League pitchers have quickly found how to pitch to this “swing to the fences” ball player.

1 Up: This is honestly a two way tie between Magglio Ordonez of the Detroit Tigers and David DeJesus of the Kansas City Royals. Ordonez has a .567 slugging percentage in the June, and has made an excellent source of power and contact for the Tigers. David DeJesus is a great ball player and person. In my opinion he is the most underrated outfielder in the majors. All DeJesus does hit, hit, hit, and hit somemore. He also has a cannon for an arm. I would love to have DeJesus playing on my team any day of the week.

Top NL Right Fielders

Andre Ethier

.317 BA  12 HR  46 RBI  .375 OBP  .559 SLG  1 SB

Justin Upton

.271 BA  14 HR  39 RBI  .353 OBP  .479 SLG  11 SB

Jayson Werth

.287 BA  13 HR  47 RBI  .371 OBP  .555 SLG  4 SB

Jason Heyward

.251 BA  11 HR  45 RBI  .366 OBP  .455 SLG  5 SB

Corey Hart

.272 BA  18 HR  58 RBI  .342 OBP  .577 SLG  4 SB

Ryan Ludwick

.273 BA  11 HR  42 RBI  .337 OBP  .485 SLG  0 SB

Andres Torres

.276 BA  3 HR  22 RBI  .375 OBP  .448 SLG  13 SB

Garrett Jones

.284 BA  10 HR  46 RBI  .354 OBP  .451 SLG  6 SB

Brad Hawpe

.276 BA  5 HR  30 RBI  .355 OBP  .459 SLG  1 SB

Cody Ross

.288 BA  6 HR  41 RBI  .340 OBP  .431 SLG  7 SB

Jay Bruce

..283 BA  9 HR  34 RBI  .357 OBP  ,468 SLG  5 SB

Jeff Franceour

.267 BA  8 HR  40 RBI  .317 OBP  .420 SLG  7 SB

Kosuke Fukudome

..270  BA  6 HR  24 RBI  362 OBP  .429 SLG 4 SB

Hunter Pence

.264 BA  11 HR  35 RBI  .312 OBP  .436 SLG  9 SB

Will Venable

.239 BA 8 HR  32 RBI  .308 OBP  .421 SLG  14 SB

Roger Bernadina

.284 BA  5 HR  23 RBI  .345 OBP  ,445 SLG  6 SB

1 Down: I will admit my man love for Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves has gone down somewhat since his thumb injury. Heyward is hitting .181 in June, and sadly the best case scenario for him is to be proabably be sent to the DL. But do not worry Heyward is going to have an excellent career and will be wreaking havoc in the National League for many years to come.

1 Up: Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks is finally coming back to his 2009 self. He recently made mince meat out of the Yankee pitching staff,  and showed me that he is defitnetly not done yet. Upton is currently hitting .274 the highest its been the entire year.

Top AL Closers

Mariano Rivera

17 SV  29 K  0.92 ERA  0.61 WHIP

Jose Valverde

17 SV  29 K  0.56 ERA  0.71 WHIP

Jonathan Papelbon

17 SV  27 K  3,86 ERA  1.19 WHIP

Joakim Soria

18 SV  35 K  2.60 ERA  1.12 ERA

Rafael Soriano

18 SV  26 K  1.63 ERA  0.76 WHIP

Neftali Feliz

20 SV  37 K  2.70 ERA  0.96 WHIP

Jon Rauch

17 SV  21 K  2.48 ERA  1.10 WHIP

Andrew Bailey

14 SV  22 K  1.74 ERA  1.00 WHIP

Bobby Jenks

17 SV  35 K  4.03 ERA  1.48 WHIP

David Aardsma

16 SV  22 K  4.81 ERA  1.23 WHIP

Kevin Gregg

18 SV  35 K  4.20 ERA  1.53 WHIP

Brian Fuentes

13 SV  25 K  5.06 ERA  1.41 WHIP

Alfredo Simon

9 SV  16 K  3.32 ERA  1.63 WHIP

Kerry Wood

6 SV  20 K  7.47 ERA  1.60 WHIP

1 Down: There isn’t really any American League closer that is singulary doing awful. But if I were to choose it would have to be Kerry Wood of the Cleveland Indians and Brian Fuentes of Los Angeles Angels who are just way past their prime and should be kicked out of their closer role.

1 Up: Jose Valverde of the Detroit Tigers has been electric all season. He is putting up absurd numbers of 0.56 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. The signing of Valverde during the off-season has to be recognized as one of the best of the past couple of years.

Top NL Closers

Jonothan Broxton

16 SV  49 K  1.87 ERA  1.10 WHIP

Carlos Marmol

13 SV  63 K  2.38 ERA  1.24 WHIP

Billy Wagner

15 SV  46 K  1.19 ERA  0.96 WHIP

Heath Bell

21 SV 43 K  1.93 ERA  1.41 WHIP

Francisco Rodriguez

17 K  48 K  2.13 ERA  1.16 WHIP

Brian Wilson

21 SV 44 K  2.25 ERA  1.31 WHIP

Leo Nunez

16 SV  31 K  1.19 ERA  0.98 WHIP

Matt Capps

22 SV  30 K  3.48 ERA  1.46 WHIP

Ryan Franklin

15 SV  19 K  2.23 ERA  0.96 WHIP

Francisco Cordero

20 SV  33 K  4.25 ERA  1.50 WHIP

Matt Lindstrom

18 SV  25 K  3.16 ERA  1.60 WHIP

Brad Lidge

15 SV  16 K  3.27 ERA  1.18 WHIP

Octavio Dotel

14 SV  36 K  5.02 ERA  1.47 WHIP

Manuel Corpas

10 SV  26 K  4.50 ERA  1.17 WHIP

John Axford

7 SV 25 K  2.70 ERA  1.25 WHIP

Chad Qualls

12 SV   25 K  8.88 ERA  2.25 WHIP

1 Down: Chad Qualls of the Arizona Diamondbacks is quite horrible. I really (meh not really) feel bad for the Diamondbacks and their bullpen situation, if  Chad Quallls is the best you can put out in the ninth you have major issues The Diamondbacks should try to look to trade for Padres’ closer Heath Bell who is a very good closer. I think Padres’ might do this because they do have the best bullpen in baseball, but might not be so suited to trading in their division

1 Up: Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs is proabably my favorite closer not named Mariano Rivera. Marmol has 64 strikeouts in 34 innings, and is the second best closer in the National League. And I thought Marmol would only be a set up man…boy was I wrong.

NOTE: For labor purposes I will not be including stats in my next post. I am sure you can all look them up yourselves like I did for every player.

The Vote For David Wright Campaign

David Wright has begun to close to gap on the current third base leader on the MLB All Star ballot , Placido Palanco. The  130,000 vote lead that Palanco once had is now down to 23,000. I am urging you all to go to mlb.com and vote for David Wright. The Phillies fans are clearly stuffing the ballot, and this may cause one of the biggest snubs in the history of the MLB All Star Game. David Wright is the National League RBI leader and deserves to start the All Star Game, so go out and vote for David Wright! The voting period ends Thursday!

This season David Wright  has posted a line of .303/.388/.542 and has hit 14 homers and currently leads the National League with 61 RBI.

Placido Palanco has posted a line of .318/.349/.433 and has hit 5 homers and has drove in 27 runs.

Stud and Schlub of the Week 6/21-6/27

Stud – David Wright. The Mets 3rd baseman has really been hot the past week or so going 11 for 22 and driving in 8 runs. Wright also hit 2 home runs last week while maintaining his RBI lead in the National League. David has been an early candidate for NL MVP and has a great chance at winning if he keeps it up.

Schlub- A.J Burnett. Although the Yankee rotation has been beyond solid so far this season, the one pitcher who has not been is A.J Burnett. A.J gave up a total of 13 runs in this past week alone in just 2 starts. Burnett has lost his last 5 starts overall and needs to perform better if he wants to pitch in the postseason.

New York Sports Zone LIVE Tonight at 8PM

Stop on by at 8PM to listen to episode one of New York Sports Zone Live. We will talk about NBA free agency, the Mets’ strong homestand, and much more!

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