ESPN.com has projections for every player in the major leagues. Some of the projections at this time of the year will never pan out. Even the most ardent Yankee fan doesn’t think Derek Jeter will finish the 2012 season with 306 hits, 36 HR’s and 117 RBI.
Same thing holds true for the projections for Matt Kemp. ESPN.com projects Kemp to hit 85 HR’s and drive in 196 runs.
The projections for Albert Pujols are shocking saying that Pujols will hit no home runs, drive in only 34 runs and collect only 145 hits. His current percentage stats show just how bad a season Pujols is having in 2012, while his Angels flounder in last place in the AL West.
Batting Average: .224
On Base Percentage: .280
Slugging Percentage: .316
On Base Plus Slugging: .596
ROOKIES TO WATCH
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, is the early leader in home runs among AL rookies with 5 HR’s and also leads in RBI with 18.He also leads in batting average with a .269 mark among all AL rookies with at least 50 AB’s.
Robbie Ross, Rangers, leads AL rookies with 4 wins, while Drew Smyly, Tigers, leads in ERA with a 1.13 ERA.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mets, is only rookie in NL with more than one home run with two home runs. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals leads in RBI with 12. Shane Robinson also of the Cardinals leads in batting average with a .433 average among rookies with at least 30 AB’s.
Randall Delgado, Braves, is tied in wins with Wade Miley, Diamondbacks with each pitcher having won two games. Miley also leads in ERA among pitchers with at least 10 innings with a 1.84 ERA.
HOTTEST TEAMS IN BASEBALL
Rays, Rangers and Nationals are all 8-2 in their last ten games. Rays have longest winning streak at 5, while Twins have longest losing streat also at 5.
Rays have the best home record at 8-1, while the Rangers have the best road record at 8-1.
Braves and Yankees lead in most runs scored with Braves scoring 101 and Yankees scoring 100.