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Game 138 Open Thread: September 7, 2007

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wainwright

webb

13-9, 3.78

14-10, 2.91

hooo, boy.

i had been planning this morning to compare ankiel's "debut," as it were --- as a position player, anyway --- to those of other prominent cardinal players. he now has 93 plate appearances, and as far as i can tell only one guy has ever had a beginning as smashing as slick rick's:

AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI | AVG OBP SLG
ankiel 07 81 22 29 6 0 9 29 | .358 .409 .765
pujols 01 82 17 32 7 1 7 25 | .390 .457 .756

brock and edmonds also made big first impressions; so did bo hart and terry pendleton. but 9 homers? according to mike carminati (who's much more thorough than i with this type of research), no player has ever hit 9 hr in fewer games / ab than ankiel on his current run.

since i expressed some dismay at the tone at VEB over the weekend, i'd like to do the opposite and commend everybody for the tenor in this morning's thread. despite the controversial, emotionally charged subject and some sharp disagreement over various aspects of this story, the comments never took an ugly turn. thanks to all for keeping it on track.