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Monday, May 19, 2008

Our Guy Is Fatter

This week's NL Player of the Week is the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano.

Let's compare Soriano's past week with Lance "Fatman" Berkman's POW week from the previous week:

Berkman: .455 BA, .517 OBP, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1.136 Slugging, 25 TB

Soriano: .516 BA, .516 OBP, 7 HR, 14 RBI, 1.258 Slugging, 39 TB

Oh, and the Cubs have the 2nd-best record in baseball, with a (for this early in the season) comfy 2.5 games ahead of the Astros.

Eat it.

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My Fat guy is “Cycling” right now.

I love how you compare Sorianos best week by far against an everyday week for Berkman this month. Berkman is having the best start to a year since Mantle won the triple crown in the 60's. Most people are comparing Berkman to players like Pete Rose and Mantle, not a guy who had a hot week after batting under .200 in April.
And keep telling yourself that the 2.5 lead means something. The Astros just went 7-3 on a road trip against two of the hottest teams in baseball (LA was on a 8-1 run and the Rangers were 15-6 in there last 21 games). I would say that is a little more impressive than beating the Pirates at home.
I just checked your stats Mike and I was shocked. You seriously took .227 off Berkmans AVG (which is higher than what Soriano batted in April by about 30 points) and .225 off his OBP. I know you want to make Soriano look better but we have a reputation to hold as the 61st most relevant sports blog.
First of all, Mayfield, I was strictly comparing their Player of the Week stats. Taken directly from Major League Baseball's press release on Berkman's Player of the Week award:

"From April 20-27, Berkman led the NL with 12 RBIs and a 1.136 slugging percentage, while tying for the NL lead with four homers and 25 total bases.

He hit .455 (10-for-22) with one double and one triple and recorded a .517 on-base percentage."


And oh by the way, the Cubs are now 3.5 games up on the Astros.

Suck it, Mayfield. Suck it hard, suck it long.
So you pulled his stats from last month? You just by passed his more recent POW. The one you said you got the numbers from. The one in which be batted over .700. That makes sense.

And what a shitty night of sports. Astros lose. Spurs win.
I typed in Player of the Week in the search function of MLB.com, and that was the first one that came up for Lance Berkman. So sorry.

And any night the Astros lose is a great sports night, even if it does mean that my Lakers/Hornets dreams were crushed (by referees, no less).
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