I was watching another gem thrown by Clayton Kershaw go to waste last night when Dodgers announcer Vin Scully made a comparison to Sandy Koufax. He said he could tell if Koufax was going to pitch a no-hitter by the way he pitched to the first batter. He went on to say with Kershaw it is close but not yet. Interesting.
Here are the NL runs scored leaders for June and July for those of you in 5x5 leagues:
|Utley, Chase 2B PHI||207||41||66||12||38||36||8||0||0.3188||0.4274|
|Pujols, Albert 1B STL||198||41||62||18||50||40||3||1||0.3131||0.4292|
|Braun, Ryan J. LF MIL||219||41||68||12||38||14||6||1||0.3105||0.3547|
|Bourn, Michael CF HOU||215||41||62||2||14||26||21||6||0.2884||0.3636|
|Victorino, Shane CF PHI||202||40||68||4||23||27||9||4||0.3366||0.4206|
|Fielder, Prince 1B MIL||197||40||66||13||43||34||1||2||0.335||0.4346|
|Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL||177||37||53||14||35||27||10||5||0.2994||0.3876|
|Reynolds, Mark 3B ARI||199||37||58||16||40||27||8||4||0.2915||0.3772|
|Holliday, Matt LF STL||201||35||70||6||34||29||10||3||0.3483||0.4346|
|Wright, David 3B NYM||201||35||64||4||21||28||11||2||0.3184||0.4009|
|Lee, Derrek 1B CHC||197||35||62||15||47||25||0||0||0.3147||0.3938|
|Schumaker, Skip CF STL||194||35||56||0||9||23||1||1||0.2887||0.3641|
|Werth, Jayson RF PHI||192||35||53||14||40||43||4||1||0.276||0.4066|
|Stewart, Ian 3B COL||171||35||42||10||28||20||5||1||0.2456||0.3333|
|Drew, Stephen SS ARI||206||34||63||5||25||19||3||0||0.3058||0.3673|
|Hawpe, Brad RF COL||195||34||56||8||24||28||1||2||0.2872||0.3805|
|Howard, Ryan 1B PHI||198||34||53||12||39||30||2||0||0.2677||0.3648|
|McLouth, Nate CF ATL||202||34||53||7||22||23||8||1||0.2624||0.3391|
|McCutchen, Andrew OF PIT||210||33||59||3||25||17||9||0||0.281||0.3391|
|Jones, Chipper 3B ATL||178||32||49||9||32||37||1||0||0.2753||0.3927|
|Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS||199||32||49||9||32||20||0||0||0.2462||0.3125|
|Bonifacio, Emilio 2B FLA||198||32||48||0||11||15||10||3||0.2424||0.2963|
|Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI||216||32||52||7||28||18||12||4||0.2407||0.2996|
|Upton, Justin RF ARI||199||31||54||10||34||22||9||2||0.2714||0.3453|
|Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA||188||30||69||8||47||17||8||3||0.367||0.419|
What surprises me is that Marlins infielder Emilio Bonafacio has more runs scored than teammate Hanley Ramirez even amid talk he will be replaced at 3b with the trade for Nick Johnson. Actually, Bonafacio had more steals than Ramirez as well.
A guy who I think should be the first third baseman taken in next year's NL-only league drafts, Ryan Zimmerman, had a good two months as well. His full year stats are much better than his June-July stats, and a case can be made to take him before the Met's David Wright, but its close.
One other note of interest is how well Pirates CFer Andrew McCutchen has performed since his call-up after the NAte McLouth trade to the Braves. From the table, you can see he has more RBIs, a better average and more SBs than McLouth over the last two months.