Don’t be this OTHER guy – By Bob Ryan

the other guy logoAs Baseball winds down, we’ll take a look at some of the 2nd half stars, best rookies, surprises and inter-mingle in a few “spots”….

The highest 10 NL hitters for the 2nd half with over 100 AB have a few surprising names..

….At the top is Joey Votto with a .374. He’s been criticized for looking for walks and not swinging often enough….it turns out he’s doing both…hitting .374, drawing 75 walks so his OB% is .558 (that means he’s getting on base more than HALF of his AB), his slugging is .665, OPS(on base + slugging) is 1.223. Votto is leads the NL in ALL FOUR CATEGORIES!

…..2nd in Average for the 2nd half is little noticed David Peralta of Arizona .354

Buster Posey is 3rd in NL average at .350…btw…Posey has 70 hits (2nd in NL)

…..Another Arizona OF AJ Pollock has been terrific..he’s at .340. It appears the Diamondbacks have a strong nucleus for the middle of their lineup for the future.

….Bryce Harper (Wash) hit .337 but led the NL in HR with 14 in 2nd half

….None of you would have guessed…at least I wouldn’t… the #6 hitter for 2nd half in NL—Oduble Herrara—OF from the hapless Phillies hit .333 raising his season average to .296 !

….The Cards Jayson Heyward is 7th for 2nd half (do you hear the clanging of coins in the background as Heyward approaches Free Agency?) with a .326 mark

At 8-9-10 come three middle-infielders

…#8 Consistent Washington SS, Yunel Escobar, hit .321 in 2nd half and holds a .317 season average

…#9 Speedy Dee Gordon (Miami 2b) continued hitting well in 2nd half after sizzling in the 1st half…Gordon is hitting .321 in 2nd half and causing havoc on the bases for several teams

…#10 Tied for this spot at .319 were Brendan Phillips (Cincy)…many thought he was “over the hill” …also at #10 Ryan Braun…who has lost some power since he lost his pills but he still can hit

 

Now for a short break….

Hi…I’m Matt Carpenter….I’m the slugging 3B of the StL Cardinals…I can rake with the best of them but best of all…I’m over 20 HR…

….I’m the other Matt Carpenter….I was the 2B of the Cardinals, batted 1st in the lineup with the goal of drawing walks, hitting singles & doubles and scoring runs but I didn’t go for the long ball..

…..Matt#1, “Don’t be like the other Matt Carpenter….go for that big contract…heck I’m 29 I only have one more big contract”

 

Hi…..….I’m OJ Simpson I was the superstar running back of the USC Trojans where I led the nation in rushing during my Jr & Sr years. In the pros, I was drafted and played most my career for the Buffalo Bills. I was the only runner in NFL history to rush for 2000+ yards in a 14 game season. I was in six Pro Bowls and voted into NFL HOF in my 1st year of eligibility in 1985.

I’m the other OJ Simpson…after my football career I was used for many commercials and am most remembered for my Hertz commercials as I ran through the airports….I ran…oops …my bad….I moved into areas that caused much trouble with the law and have been incarcerated.

OJ#1….don’t be like that OJ….stop running in airports!

 

….Hi…I’m the 2015 Maty Mauk…I’ve led my teams to 3 very lacklulster wins over cupcakes to start the season…my leading receivers from last year are now in the NFL…these new guys couldn’t catch a fish out of a fish pond….I’ve passed for 329 yards and have a rating after 2 games of 114….I’m worried for a couple reasons….our Mizzou fans are spoiled…they now expect us to win the SEC East and win most games convincingly AND since my backup …Drew Lock….has NFL written all over him….ya never know…

Hi….I’m the other Maty Mauk…the Mizzou QB of 2014…..I led the Tigers to an 11-3 record as I passed for 2648 yards, 26 TD won the SEC East before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Then I led the Tigers to a win over Minnesota in the Crap…oops… Citrus Bowl. I had a 53.4% completion rate and QB rating….don‘t ask me to explain that…of 120.8

….Maty #1…don’t be like him….just let me scramble, run around and heave it…my only returning running back is already injured …and Coach Pinkel has ALWAYS chosen a QB in soph/jr year and stuck with him until graduation….I’m like Eliot Ness…I’m an untouchable as a starter

 

Now the top 10 AL hitters for AVG in the 2nd half…#1 is a shocker…a young rookie whose name has probably never come off your lips….this guy was just picked up in our Family Fantasy league in the last 2 weeks so….who’s heard of the guy?

……At #1 is SS Francisco Lindor who banged out a .361 avg this half and now holds a .319 season average for the Indians…is OPS is .959

……Toronto slugger Edwin Encarcion is 2nd in AL for 2nd half at .355….this guy has taken off as a hitter since he doesn’t have to go into the field where he committed multiple miscues….he can just think about hitting…he has 14 dingers and an OPS over 1.1 !

……Cleveland has a 2nd player in the top 3 of the AL…OF Michael Brantley hitting .352…any surprise that the Indians crawled back into the WC race..long shot but at least there was a chance for the Indians.

….At #4 is Xavier Bogoerts the SS of the BoSox….he’s about the only star of this lowly team…X hit .345 in the 2nd half.

….Jose Altuve (Houston) is putting together another fine season as a lead-off hitter for the Astros..he checks in with a .342 average…one of the few high average hitters in this lineup

….Mizzou-grad, Ian Kinsler comes in at #6 and continues to perform at a .339 clip although the Tigers have lost their bite and linger in the mid-section of the division.

….causing some…maybe just me….to wonder….the venerable David Ortiz is hitting unbelievably for an old-timer (20 HR and .339 average)…once found to have used drugs….I’m just saying…

…in the #8 spot is Tampa Bay’s SS-Asdrubal Cabrera….pushed aside in Cleveland with Lindor (see #1) rising out of the farm system, Cabrera’s .338 average is really robust on the mild hitting Rays team.

…Ben Revere arrives in the #9 spot with a .329 mark….in the powerful Toronto lineup, maybe he’s ignored because he doesn’t hit many round-trippers…his speed is a real asset to this #1 division leader

…rounding out the top 10 in the AL is Tx OF Sin-So Choo…god bless you…his .328 2nd half comes after a dismal 1st half

 

Hi…I’m Jaime Garcia…I’m in the final year of my contract….I’ve really had injury problems since I signed my 4 year $26 mil contract…it’s just been too painful….yea…I had surgery…but that’s expected, right?….heck I’ve racked up 24 wins for $26 mil…a mil a win…that’s plenty good…I don’t want to push it too hard

Hi…I’m the other Jaime Garcia of 2015…I hold a 9-5 record with a 2.82 ERA..I’m on the way to pitching my most innings since 2011..which means I’ll have exceeded the massive total of 121 innings in 2012, 2013, and 2014…I’m in my final year of this contract with the club having an #11.5 mil option for 2016 and a $12 mil contract for 2017

….Jaime #1…don’t be like other Jaime…..pitch just good enough to sign another big one…heck…if the Cards buy me out for $500,000…some other chump…I mean team will gladly open up their wallets….my arm might hurt but not enough to cash in those checks.

 

Hi…I’m Jack Clark…I was a tremendous power hitter back in the pre-steriod days…I earned $20 mil for my career for the SF Giants and Cards

Hi…I’m the other Jack Clark….I earned $20 mil in my career…I declared bankruptcy on listed debts of $11.4 mil with assets of $4.8 mil…I had some hobbies….kinda expensive hobbies…I owned 18 automobiles, including a 1990 Ferrari that cost $717,000 alone…my three customized Mercades were $125,000 each…all in all I owe on 17 of these cars and on the race track that I was going to race them on..

Jack#1…don’t be like that jack Clark…go into radio….oops…can’t do that I’m too blunt and get sued….so be a “power” man and step up…sell those darn cars by opening up a Auto Dealership or a restaurant with your buddy, Ozzie!

 

A quick look at some of the excitement/news surrounding HS football…

….Ladue scored 2 TD’s in last 5 minutes to rally for a 38-35 win over Cape Central

….Occasionally when a successful coach departs from a school, it’s because he sees the cupboard is bare for future teams…..Not so in this case…Coach Ferrell Shelton compiled a dazzling record of 130-37 @ Eureka in his 15 seasons there. He moved to Kirkwood for that prestigious job….he’s led the Pioneers to a 4-0 mark this year while Eureka is still winning…they’re 5-0….win-win for both teams

….best thing that ever happened to Pattonville was the breaking up of the Suburban North into 2 conferences…Pattonville still has tough teams (Kirkwood, Summit, Webster, Pk North and Ritenour) but the Pirates are 4-1 after crunching Webster Groves 40-0 …sometimes removing teams that have beat you year after year elevates the approach and attitude of players & coaches alike

…one of wildest games this weekend was the O’Fallon Christian 50-35 win over DuBourg…Christian trailed 35-27 but scored 3 TD’s in the last 8:51 seconds for the win.

 

Hi…I’m Sam Bradford that was drafted with lots of anticipation by the Rammies….many thought that I had a gun for an arm…that my personality was squeaky clean…others knew that I had an aptitude for the game…I had the OU pedigree…I was the whole package..

Hi…I’m the other Sam Bradford…the one that has been out for 3 seasons with the Rams…I was a brittle as a frozen limb of a dead tree….my signing bonus became an issue – especially with the fans…I spent more time on the sideline than the X-pt kickers…I was everything that nobody wanted..

Sam#1…don’t be that Sam….my new coach has me releasing the ball quickly….calling plays at the LOS so that I can use my analytical skills…I actually have a line that can block for more than a mini-second….this is the year for me…I’m in Philly

 

Hi….I’m Peter Stasny …I was acquired last year by the St Louis Blues…I had much anticipation…I was coming home and to a good team….I finished with 16 goals and most fans seemed frustrated with me

Hi…I’m the other Peter Stasny…I played 8 years in the prime of my career with the Denver Avalanche….I averaged 20 goals a season during that time…I was voted #2 in the Rookie of the Year voting….generally chalked up several assists in the playoffs….after that, I was injured on a few occasions and often missed games but most appreciated my skills

….Peter #1….don’t be like that Peter….I’ll continue to slide since I’ll be 30 in December…the quick skating Blues don’t fit my finesse style…and my salary will still rile up the Blues faithful

 

Hi….I’m Bob Ryan….no..Not the Boston Globe Bob Ryan….I write sports blogs trying to elicit emotion from the readers…my thrill is that people will actually take their time to read this “stuff”

Hi…I’m the other Bob Ryan…I taught HS math 40 years…how can I write anything with those credentials? The only thing I wrote was my name on the bottom of a check.

Bob#1….don’t be like that Bob…..read this silly stuff mixed in with some facts and some quasi-facts covered with lots of Irish malarkey covering in on the top….:)

 

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Comments

  1. Tom Williams says:

    You’re thinking of Paul Stastny. Paul is the son of Peter.

  2. Hey “bulletin Bob” don’t worry about hockey oops, your best was always baseball and basketball. Keep typing away. We still love you and yours.

  3. Jim Pleimann says:

    Who names their kid Oduble – (BTW neverheardofhim)
    Oh oh, Bob Ryan #! better introduce himself to the Stastny Family! LOL

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