Carlos Lee- HOU- Hot- Lee is riding a mini-hitting streak of 4 games in which he has hit an even .500. He has added 42 points to his batting average sine the end of April. This is an early example of regression to the mean, as Lee’s BHIPx was an abnormally low .194. His Batting EYE of .75 is almost identical to the .76 he posted last year while hitting a career-high .314 in an injury shortened campaign. If Lee’s luck continues to balance out, he should approach that number again.
Matt Capps- PIT- Cold- Capps has now been scored upon in each of his last 3 appearances, with more runs being given up every time. His ERA has soared in that span from 0.00 to 7.46. The grand slam he allowed to lose yesterday’s game is the low point of this streak. It is getting dangerously close to a trend and Capps’ blaming an umpire for not giving him a pitch is not a good sign.
Yovani Gallardo- MIL- Hot- Of Gallardo’s 6 starts so far this season, 5 have been of the quality variety. The Brewers seem to be taking good care of the 23-year-old pitcher’s arm, only once exceeding 110 pitches. That was in his previous start, and he was able to throw well yesterday with no apparent ill effects. After losing most of last year to injury, Gallardo is back to fulfilling his potential.
Austin Kearns- WAS- Hot- Kearns went 2-for-4 for a second straight game, boosting his average another 17 points to .267. His 1.08 Batting EYE is not likely to be maintained, so the OBP of .403 is also likely to drop. However, it is an indicator that his 2008 batting average of .217 and OBP of .311 were aberrations and not a sudden drop off that would be sustained.
David Wright- NYN- FYI- On the one hand, looking at Wright’s .293 average and be fairly pleased. On the other hand, seeing that a major driving force behind it is a .333 BHIPx would be worrisome. On the other other hand, knowing that Wright is a slow starter and has never hit above his eventual average during April should make you calmer. The bottom line is that the high BHIPx is blurring Wright’s usual slow start, so he is about where you’d expect to have his usual productive year.
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