Results tagged ‘ Buster Posey ’

No Love for Chooch

MLB released its first All-Star voting update and Carlos Ruiz ranks fourth among NL catchers.

Fourth.

  1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,100,048
  2. Buster Posey, Giants: 1,072,464
  3. Brian McCann, Braves: 707,508
  4. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 562,021

Ruiz is hitting .368 with a .416 on-base percentage, .600 slugging percentage and a 1.016 OPS. Ruiz is just short of plate appearances to qualify, but if he had enough he would lead the majors in hitting, rank fifth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging and fifth in OPS.

That’s among every player in baseball, not just NL catchers.

I’m guessing the Phillies’ disappointing start to the season has caused some apathy among the fan base. I’m not necessarily surprised Ruiz isn’t leading. I’m just surprised he’s getting crushed, nearly 450,000 votes behind Molina.

The Magic Number Keeps Dropping

Got some magic numbers for you:

  • Clinch a postseason berth: 2.
  • Clinch fifth consecutive National League East championship: 7.
  • Clinch home-field advantage throughout postseason: 8.

Talk about a bad week for the Brewers. They no longer have the second-best record in the league (Arizona does), which means if the season ended today they would play the Phillies in the NLDS. The Phillies have won six consecutive games against the Braves and Brewers and took 2 of 3 from Arizona at home in August (and that one loss came when Roy Halladay blew the only ninth-inning lead of his career). Not sure anybody wants to play the Phillies right now.

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Carlos Ruiz is one tough dude. When Buster Posey broke his ankle during a collision at the plate earlier this season, folks asked him if he thought the rules should be changed to protect the catcher. He said no. If you play the position you have to love everything about the position. And that includes getting your body crushed on a play at the plate.

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