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Early Season Update

Braves rookie Jason Heyward is fifth in the NL in runs batted in with 10 and is slugging at a .600 clip and is an early favorite for the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.

Jason Heyward had a great spring training season and has followed up with an excellent start in the regular season.

His 10 runs batted in rank him fifth in the NL this season. His .267 batting average is not too impressive but is still third best among Braves with at least 20 at bats.

Pujols Leading Majors With 15 RBI’s

Albert Pujols has only played in eight games during the 2010 baseball season but has already driven in four runs in a game twice and driven in eleven runs in his last four games.

Pujols is on track to have his tenth consecutive season of  hitting .300 with 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He already has 15 runs batted in this season in only eight games to lead the majors.

He has Hall of Fame type numbers even though he will be 30 all season and needs 29 more home runs to reach 400 home runs at the age of 30.

He needs only 171 hits to have 1,900 hits. Pujols has never slugged below .561 in his first nine seasons and has slugged over .600 seven times.

It may be 15 years from now but Albert Pujols should have one of the best records in the history of baseball when he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 2020’s.

Baseball Roundup

The Houston Astros have played only eight games but are already six games behind the first place Cardinals in the NL Central. The loss of Lance Berkman to start the season has really hurt the Astros.

They are the worst hitting team in the majors along with the Indians with a .214 average. They have scored only 14 runs in eight games to be the lowest scoring team in the majors. In comparison the Phillies have scored 64 runs this season.

Their ratio of 54 strikeouts to eight walks is by far the worst in the majors. The Tigers lead the majors in walks with 45. The Astros also lead the majors in the fewest stolen bases with one.

The Astros pitchers are ranked 25th in ERA with a 5.40 mark. Their pitching staff has recorded only 48 strikeouts. The only teams with less strikeouts are the Nationals and Red Sox with 38 strikeouts.

The longest current win streak is held by the Phillies in the midst of a five game winning streak while the Orioles have the longest losing streak with six consecutive losses.

Jorge Cantu of the Marlins set a major league record yesterday by becoming the first player to start a season with at least one hit and one RBI in each of his first nine games.


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2 thoughts on “Early Season Update

  1. It is a bit early in the season to be touting Heyward as rookie of the year, but he is off to an impressive start. Let’s see what he does on his second run through of the league when the pitchers have had time to look him over.

  2. Heyward did have a good game yesterday. His batting average jumped from .267 to .303. His OBP moved from .371 to .410 and his slugging percentage before the game was .600 and moved up .667. Like you wrote though it is still very early. The numbers are all over the place with so few at bats.

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