Albert Pujols is showing that the pressure of signing a huge contract has not affected him. His .455 batting average is 8th among all MLB players this spring. Pujols is second in home runs with three and is in a six way tie for sixth, with his 500 on base percentage. His 1.045 slugging percentage is 125 points higher, than second place Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals with a .920 slugging percentage. His OPS also leads the majors this spring with a 1.545 mark, with Cain second with a 1,456 OPS.
Around the Bases
Gregor Blanco who hasn’t played in the majors since 2010 is taking advantage of his shot with the San Francisco Giants this spring. He is currently leading in hits with 14 and tied with Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition Blanco is leading the majors in stolen bases with six….Eight of the first twelve leaders in hits shown at mlb.com play for the Giants or the Oakland Athletics, so the Bay Area has a monopoly on good hitting….Ryan Raburn of the Detroit Tigers, Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs and Travis Snyder of the Toronto Blue Jays lead in home runs this spring with four each.
The big news yesterday was thatAndy Pettitteis coming out of retirement, to pitch for the New York Yankees in 2012. Pettitte has a 240-138 record. That is impressive that he is +102 in more wins than losses. He posted a 11-3 record in his last season with the Yankees in 2010.
The Seattle Mariners lead the majors this spring in runs this spring with 105 and the Oakland Athletics are next with 102….The Detroit Tigers are leading in home runs with 20, while the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco are next with 18 each….The Giants lead in stolen bases with 20, with the Cubs and Boston Red Sox next with 18 each….The Los Angeles Angels are hitting .329 this spring, with the Athletics being the only other team hitting over .300 with a .304 average.
The Miami Marlins are leading in fewest earned runs allowed this spring, with 34 earned runs allowed. The Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles are allowing the next fewest runs with 38…. The Blue Jays lead in ERA with a 2.62 mark and the Tigers are next with a 2.63 ERA….The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen has posted three saves and 10 blown saves this spring….The Cincinnati Reds lead in home runs allowed with 20 and Mariners are second with 19 home runs allowed….The Atlanta Braves have walked 69 to lead in walks, which is 15 more than the second place Texas Rangers with 54….The Tigers are holding opponents to a .213 batting average this spring, while the Blue Jays opponents are hitting .216 for second place.
Look at the Standings
The Tigers, Blue Jays, Athletics and Mariners are atop the AL spring standings with a combined record of 44-11….The Dodgers, Giants, Marlins, Cardinals and Astros are the only teams in NL with winning records, out of the 16 team league….The White Sox with a 3-10 record and the Braves with a 3-11 record are the two worst teams this spring.