Monday, July 24, 2017

Jonathan Schoop AL Player of Week 071717 to 072317

Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles was selected the American League Player of the Week for the span of July 17, 2017 through July 23, 2017. For the week he hit 13 for 30, .433/.438/.800 with 2 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB and 1 BB. This season the second baseman is hitting 111 for 362, .307/.353/.552 with 21 HR, 70 RBI, 59 R, 0 SB in 96 games. Over five MLB seasons with the Orioles he has hit .262/.298/.453 with 78 HR, 237 RBI, 228 R, 5 SB in 486 games. He originally signed with the Orioles in 2008 as an amateur free agent out of Curacao. Schoop turned 25 on October 16.

Nolan Arenado NL Player of Week 071717 to 072317

Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies was selected the National League Player of the Week for the span of July 17, 2017 through July 23, 2017. For the week he hit 11 for 24, .458/.480/1.000 with 1 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB and 1 BB. This season the third baseman is hitting 122 for 388, .314/.361/.590 with 22 HR, 86 RBI, 67 R, 2 SB in 97 games. Over six MLB seasons with the Rockies he has hit .289/.336/.531 with 133 HR, 462 RBI, 387 R, 10 SB in 658 games. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the second round in 2009. Arenado turned 26 on April 16.

Ghost of 62 072417

The reference in the title is the 1962 Mets who are regarded as the worst of the Modern Era for all teams after 1900. The team finished 40-120 and 60.5 games back. For the season the team hit .240/.318/.361 and scored 617 runs which was 3.8 per game. The team ERA was 5.04 and they gave up 948 runs or 5.9 per game.

This is the fourth year of this series where each week I will check in on the MLB teams with the worst win-loss records and how they measure up to 1962. This is the fourth segment of the 2017 season as the cellar dwellers established themselves before the All-Star break. I have placed the cut off as teams that have won less than 45 percent of their games. The seven teams entering week 17 are the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies are 34-62, 24.5 games back and 6-4 over their last ten games. That projects to 57-105. The team is hitting .246/.310/.402 and have scored 385 which is 4.0 per game. Their team ERA is 4.59 and have given up 462 runs or 4.8 per game.


The Giants are 38-62, 30.5 games back and 4-6 over their last ten games. That projects to 62-100. The team is hitting .243/.303/.372 and have scored 391 which is 3.9 per game. Their team ERA is 4.69 and have given up 505 runs or 5.0 per game.

The White Sox are 38-57, 12.5 games back and 1-9 over their last ten games. That projects to 65-97. The team is hitting .257/.315/.417 and have scored 421 which is 4.4 per game. Their team ERA is 4.60 and have given up 473 runs or 5.0 per game.

The Reds are 41-57, 10.5 games back and 2-8 over their last ten games. That projects to 68-94. The team is hitting .257/.327/.443 and have scored 455 which is 4.6 per game. Their team ERA is 5.24 and have given up 535 runs or 5.5 per game.

The Padres are 43-55, 24.5 games back and 5-5 over their last ten games. That projects to 71-91. The team is hitting .235/.300/.397 and have scored 371 which is 3.8 per game. Their team ERA is 4.71 and have given up 503 runs or 5.1 per game.

The Athletics are 44-54, 21.0 games back and 5-5 over their last ten games. That projects to 73-89. The team is hitting .238/.312/.423 and have scored 424 which is 4.3 per game. Their team ERA is 4.63 and have given up 500 runs or 5.1 per game.

The Blue Jays are 44-54, 10.0 games back and 3-7 over their last ten games. That projects to 73-89. The team is hitting .241/.314/.403 and have scored 401 which is 4.1 per game. Their team ERA is 4.59 and have given up 491 runs or 5.0 per game.

Chasing 50-50 072417

This is the sixth year of my Chasing 50-50 segment which I revived as the teams approached the All-Star break. It started five seasons ago as we followed Matt Kemp then of the Dodgers in his self proclaimed attempt to hit 50 home runs and 50 stolen bases. The 2017 season enters week 17 and we'll check out those with the power\speed combo. As long as he is playing Kemp will always be part of this.

Matt Kemp

This week: 0 HR, 0 SB
This season he is hitting .294/.340/.474 with 13 HR, 46 RBI, 39 R, 0 SB in 84 games

Games Braves played: 97

Home Runs: 13  --- Projected Home Runs: 22

Steals: 0 --- Projected Steals: 0


Paul Goldschmidt

This week: 0 HR, 1 SB
This season he is hitting .307/.425/.560 with 21 HR, 73 RBI, 76 R, 15 SB in 97 games

Games Diamondbacks played: 98

Home Runs: 21  --- Projected Home Runs: 35

Steals: 15 --- Projected Steals: 25


Mike Trout

This week: 3 HR, 1 SB
This season he is hitting .328/.450/.719 with 19 HR, 42 RBI, 41 R, 12 SB in 55 games

Games Angels played: 100

Home Runs: 19  --- Projected Home Runs: 31

Steals: 12 --- Projected Steals: 19


Brett Gardner

This week: 2 HR, 0 SB
This season he is hitting .256/.346/.452 with 17 HR, 45 RBI, 64 R, 12 SB in 92 games

Games Yankees played: 97

Home Runs: 17  --- Projected Home Runs: 28

Steals: 12 --- Projected Steals: 20


Keon Broxton

This week: 0 HR, 0 SB
This season he is hitting .218/.294/.430 with 14 HR, 36 RBI, 49 R, 17 SB in 92 games

Games Brewers played: 101

Home Runs: 14  --- Projected Home Runs: 22

Steals: 17 --- Projected Steals: 27


Brian Dozier

This week: 1 HR, 0 SB
This season he is hitting .253/.340/.448 with 16 HR, 48 RBI, 47 R, 10 SB in 90 games

Games Twins played: 97

Home Runs: 16  --- Projected Home Runs: 27

Steals: 10 --- Projected Steals: 17


Mookie Betts

This week: 0 HR, 1 SB
This season he is hitting .277/.354/.481 with 17 HR, 61 RBI, 70 R, 17 SB in 97 games

Games Red Sox played: 100

Home Runs: 17  --- Projected Home Runs: 27

Steals: 17 --- Projected Steals: 27


Jose Altuve

This week: 1 HR, 2 SB
This season he is hitting .358/.424/.564 with 15 HR, 56 RBI, 68 R, 21 SB in 95 games

Games Astos played: 98

Home Runs: 15  --- Projected Home Runs: 25

Steals: 21 --- Projected Steals: 35


Lorenzo Cain

This week: 0 HR, 1 SB
This season he is hitting .265/.338/.413 with 11 HR, 30 RBI, 53 R, 16 SB in 94 games

Games Royals played: 97

Home Runs: 11  --- Projected Home Runs: 18

Steals: 16 --- Projected Steals: 27

NL West 071717 to 072317

Week 16 standings and top performers of the week

Los Angeles Dodgers 68-31   .687

2B Chris Taylor 13 for 24, .542/.542/1.000 w/ 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB, 0 BB in 6 games

LHP Clayton Kershaw 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP, .219 BAA in 9.0 IP over 2 GS


Colorado Rockies 58-42  .580

3B Nolan Arenado 11 for 24, .458/.480/1.000 w/ 4 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 0 SB, 1 BB in 5 games

RHP German Marquez 2-0, 3.29 ERA, 18 K, 1.10 WHIP, 220 BAA in 13.2 IP over 2 GS


Arizona Diamondbacks 56-42   .571

3B Jake Lamb 6 for 19, .316/.435/1.000 w/ 3 HR, 12 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 4 BB in 5 games

LHP Patrick Corbin 1-0, 1.23 ERA, 6 K, 1.09 WHIP, .259 BAA in 7.1 IP in 1 GS


San Diego Padres 43-55   .439

3B Cory Spangenberg 11 for 28, .393/.433/.607 w/ 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 2 BB in 7 games

RHP Jhoulys Chacin 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 4 K, 0.83 WHIP, .190 BAA in 6.0 IP in 1 GS


San Francisco Giants 38-62   .380

SS Brandon Crawford 6 for 26, .231/.231/.346 w/ 0 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 0 BB in 7 games

RHP Sam Dyson 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 1.20 WHIP, .118 BAA, 1 SV in 5.0 IP over 4 games

NL Central 071717 to 072317

Week 16 standings and top performers of the week

Chicago Cubs 51-46   .526

2B Javier Baez 8 for 19, .421/.421/.842 w/ 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB, 0 BB in 6 games

LHP Jon Lester 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 16 K, 0.47 WHIP, .122 BAA in 15.0 IP over 2 GS


Milwaukee Brewers 53-48  .525

3B Travis Shaw 9 for 28, .321/.367/.607 w/ 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 2 BB in 7 games

LHP Brent Suter 0-0, 2.53 ERA, 7 K, 1.31 WHIP, .293 BAA in 10.2 IP over 2 GS


Pittsburgh Pirates 49-50  .495

1B Josh Bell 9 for 27, .333/.357/.593 w/ 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 1 BB in 7 games

LHP Felipe Rivero 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 K, 0.60 WHIP, .167 BAA, 3 SV in 3.1 IP over 3 games


St Louis Cardinals 47-51  .480

OF Randall Grichuk 5 for 11, .455/.500/1.273 w/ 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB, 1 BB in 3 games

RHP Michael Wacha 1-1, 3.00 ERA, 14 K, 0.67 WHIP, .167 BAA in 15.0 IP over 2 GS


Cincinnati Reds 41-57   .418

3B Eugenio Suarez 10 for 26, .385/.429/.923 w/ 4 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB, 2 BB in 7 games

RHP Raisel Iglesias 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 K, 0.88 WHIP, .190 BAA, 1 SV in 5.2 IP over 4 games

NL East 071717 to 072317

Week 16 standings and top performers of the week

Washington Nationals 58-38   .604

OF Bryce Harper 10 for 21, .476/.542/1.095 w/ 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB, 3 BB in 5 games

RHP Tanner Roark 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 11 K, 0.57 WHIP, .125 BAA in 7.0 IP in 1 GS


Atlanta Braves 47-50   .485

C Tyler Flowers 5 for 18, .278/.381/.611 w/ 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB, 3 BB in 5 games

LHP Jaime Garcia 1-0, 3.86 ERA, 4 K, 1.14 WHIP, .259 BAA in 7.0 IP in 1 GS


New York Mets 45-51  .469

OF Michael Conforto 12 for 28, .429/.484/.964 w/ 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 3 BB in 7 games

RHP Jacob deGrom 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 3 K, 1.20 WHIP, .259 BAA in 6.2 IP in 1 GS


Miami Marlins 44-52   .458

OF Giancarlo Stanton 6 for 23, .261/.346/.826 w/ 4 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 3 BB in 6 games

RHP Jose Urena 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 4 K, 0.83 WHIP, .158 BAA in 6.0 IP in 1 GS


Philadelphia Phillies  34-62   .354

OF Nick Williams 9 for 25, .360/.393/.840 w/ 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB, 2 BB in 6 games

RHP Aaron Nola 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP, .208 BAA in 7.0 IP in 1 GS