Top 5 Favorite Players-2011 Update # 2

Now that we are over two weeks into the 2011 baseball season, we are getting a better idea of how well our favorite players are performing. Here is update number 2 for my five favorite players:

Since my last update Heath has earned another save making his career total 93 saves. In the two innings he has pitched in this season, he has only allowed one hit. That is extremely good pitching folks. (The Padres are currently 3-2.)

Derek Jeter has gotten 4 more hits since my last update. This puts him at 6 hits on the year, and 2,932 for his career. This puts him ever so slightly closer to the 3,000 hit mark, with only 68 needed to do so. Although Jeter seems to be getting at least one hit a game recently, his average is still just .231. However I believe Jeter is going to lock in soon. (The Yankees are currently 4-3. Not including the outcome of today’s, currenly in progress, game against the Redsox.)

Tim has now allowed 1 earned run in his two starts, putting his ERA at .64. In his second game pitched he allowed just one run on a home run. But only one run allowed isn’t the main story. He struck out 13 Padres batters. That’s not a typo….THIRTEEN. Although he gave up the home run he still got the win. Tim’s record is now 1-1. (The Giants are currently 3-4.)

Albert still hasn’t locked in during his at bats. He is still having trouble getting hits, with his hits to at bats ratio being 5-28; or a .179 batting average, for those of you who don’t excell in math. Pujols has only hit one home run this year, putting his total still at 409 for his career. He better start improving soon, or the Cardinals may be in trouble this season without their best slugger doing just that…slugging. (The Cardinals are currently 2-5.)

Mariano Rivera is currently the most dominant closer in baseball. He’s gotten four saves in four attempts. This puts his career saves total at 563 saves. Only 39 saves away from the all time saves record. Rivera looks so great right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got the save in every opportunity this season.


  • Manny Ramirez has decided to retire from baseball.

  • The Rays and the Red Sox finally got their first wins.

  • The Rangers continue their winning streak and are currently 6-0.

I’m still planning on doing one of these update entries EVERY Saturday of the season. So be sure to check back at LEAST every Saturday………

Upcoming Entries

This isn’t an entry about baseball news, or baseball stats. It’s just an entry telling some of the things I’m going to be blogging about soon, so you know what’s coming up. Just in case you care.

First of all, do you remeber a LONG while back when I sent a card to Mariano Rivera to get signed? Well….I still haven’t recieved the card back, and because it’s over a week into the REGULAR season, I’ve given up on recieving it back. Good thing I didn’t send something valuable.

Anyway, now on to the upcoming entries.

1) Every Saturday, for the rest of the season, I’m going to blog about the stats of my 5 favorite players. Just like this one. So I hope you enjoy them, because there will be a lot of them written.

2) I recieved another email today from Heath Bell’s assistant saying that “Heath has been really busy lately, but is planning on answering my questions asap.” When Heath get’s his 100th save(he’s currently at 93) I’m going to write a BIG blog entry about him, and include the Q and A. So fingers crossed that it all works out.

3) Other than the two above “sure” things, I don’t know what else I’m going to blog about. I might go to a few games at my home teams Triple-A team. But I’m not sure. I’m definitely going to be going to some Major League games this summer. Three games are already confirmed. (Yankees Vs. Reds, June 21st—Rays Vs. A’s, August 5 and 6) I might go to a few more, but not confirmed yet.

Attendance Predictions–And Reasons Why

YANKEES VS. REDS–I’m predicting a sellout crowd for this one. First of all, it’s the Yankees. Secondly, the Yankees haven’t played the Reds in Cincinnati since June of 2003. So yeah, that should be a load of fun fighting the crowds.

RAYS VS. A’S–I’m predicting no more than 10,000 fans to show up. First of all, the Rays are currently 0-5. If they don’t get their act together they’ll be lucky to have 1,000 fans show up for their games. Even if they start to win I still predict a small crowd. It seems like the Rays never have large crowds.

Top 5 Favorite Players-2011 Update # 1

I realize that only a few games have been played of this 2011 baseball season. But the games that have been played have been exciting. Every few games, I’m going to take a look at the stats of my top 5 favorite players(see the list to the right side). This is progress update number one.

He has only pitched in one game, but that one game pitched led him to his first save of the season. This leaves him 8 saves away from 100 lifetime saves. He’s someone to keep an eye on. (The Padres are currently 2-1.)

Having only achieved 2 hits in the 3 game series versus the Tigers, his current batting average in .200. But I have confidence that Jeter will turn this slow start around. The two hits he achieved(both being singles) puts his official hit count up to 2,928. Only 72 away from 3,000. A milestone that is well within reach for this season. (The Yankees are currently 2-1.)

Having also just pitched one game, versus the Dodgers. Tim looks to be off to a strong start. He lasted 7 innings with no ERA. (1 unearned run.) He did however get the loss. With the Giants winning the World Series last season, and with two Cy Young awards under his belt. I expect Lincecum to continue the elite pitching. (The Giants are currently 1-3.)

I don’t think anyone saw Pujols going 2 for 13, to start off the season. Although one of those two hits was a homerun,(putting him at 409 for his career). Pujols is not connecting with the ball all that well. I still believe that Pujols will quickly improve his game. Anything above the .154 average that he currently holds, is an improvement. (The Cardinals are currently 1-2.)

Although he is considered to be ancient, in baseball years, at age 41. Rivera is showing no signs of losing his killer cutter, and thus pitching ability. Rivera is 2 for 2, in save opportunities and saves achieved. This leaves him 41 saves away from passing Trevor Hoffman, on the all time saves list. Rivera’s current number of 561, is an amazing accomplishment, that not many closer achieve.


  • Boston goes 0-3 against the Rangers.

  • Mark Teixeira hits a home run in his first three games.

  • White Sox ground into triple play for first time since 1978.

  • Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz become first teamates ever to hit a home run in each of the first three games.

From now until the occuring date, I will have a tab to the right side with an updated road to milestones. (Derek Jeter’s 3,000 hit, and Mariano Rivera’s 602 save.)