9-7, 4.21 9-7, 4.03
here's an item to clean out of the file before it gets too stale. according to hardball times' breakdown of win shares at the all-star break, mark grudzielanek ranks 6th in the nl in defensive win shares
. tht credits grud'k with 4.5 win shares, which translates to a win and a half. grud'k is the only player in the top 10 who does not play catcher or shortstop; pretty impressive. he ranks directly behind yadi molina, who has 4.6 defensive win shares -- a fraction more than his mentor, mike matheny. but molina only rates 3d among nl catchers on this list, behind washington's brian schnieder and atlanta's johnny estrada. i frankly find that hard to swallow. stl ranks 2d in the majors in double plays, largely because yadi has shut down oppo basestealers to the point that they hardly even try anymore -- ah, but this may be part of the problem. win shares doesn't credit fielders for the plays they prevent, only for those they execute. . . . . while we're looking at defensive stats, stl is tied for 7th in the league with 54 errors and, after a slow start, is now all the way up to 3d in defensive efficiency rating (per mlb). course, it's easy to be efficient defensively with carp morris and mulder coaxing one two-hop grounder after another.
lefty doug davis pitches tonite for the brew crew. let's see; walker played last night, and they'll want him in there again tomorrow against sheets, so that means he's off this evening -- which leaves taguchi to play left and luna to play right. but naw, we don't need a cheap reserve-outfield pickup . . .
i'm off to the mtns for the rest of the day; y'all behave yourselves.