Konerko Leads Majors With 11 Homers
Paul Konerko leads the majors with 11 homers and has three more homers than any other AL player.
In his last ten games Konerko has hit an astounding seven homers and driven in 13 runs while hitting .406 in that span. In addition he has drawn seven walks while only striking out once in his last 32 at bats.
Konerko has slugged .974 at Cellular Field in Chicago while slugging .571 in road games. He leads the AL in slugging with a .784 mark and is only three points behind the major league leading Ryan Zimmerman with a .787 slugging percentage.
His 1.197 OPS also leads the American League and is only two percentage points behind Zimmerman who leads the majors with a 1.199 mark.
Konerko has been one of the most consistent sluggers in the majors since 1999 when he hit 24 homers in his first season with the White Sox. With the exception of the 2003 season when he hit 18 homers in a 137 game season he has hit at least 21 homers from 1999-2009.
It will be interesting to see if Konerko garners enough All Star votes to be the starting AL first baseman since several other AL first basemen are also having excellent seasons such as Miguel Cabrera, Justin Morneau and Carlos Pena. Mark Teixeira who has not yet started hitting in 2010 also should receive a lot of votes from what he has done in the past.
If the voting ended today Konerko would be my starting first baseman for the All Star game.
Around the Diamond
The 5-18 Orioles are already 12 games behind the first place Rays in the AL East….The Mets and Reds are the hottest teams in the majors with eight game and five game winning streaks.
The Nationals are 13-10 and only one game behind the first place Mets in the NL East. This time last season the Nationals were 5-17 and eight and a half games behind the first place Marlins.
The Braves and Dodgers are both in last place in the NL East and NL West respectively with only the Astros having a worse record in the NL.
Austin Jackson the rookie outfielder sent by the Yankees to the Tigers in the Curtis Granderson trade had a 5-5 game yesterday….Another Tiger rookie Brennan Boesch hit a grand slam for his first major league homer yesterday.
Kosuke Fukudome is one of the hottest hitters in the majors with three homers and seven RBI’s in the last seven days ….Cliff Lee and Colby Lewis battled to a 0-0 tie after Lee left the game after seven innings with Lee striking out eight and Lewis striking out 10 to take over the AL lead in strikeouts with 38.
Mike Pelfrey 4-0 and Roy Halladay 4-1 attempt to win their fifth game of the season this afternoon in Philadelphia….John Danks tries to extend his record to 4-0 if he can outpitch Javier Vazquez the former White Sox pitcher who has struggled this season for the Yankees with a 1-3 record.
Carlos Silva leads the majors in WHIP with a 0.77 mark and has struck out 15 while walking only three in 26 innings. He has already won more games in 2010 than he won with the Mariners all last season when he posted a 1-3 record.
Hitters hit .323 last season against Silva while they are only hitting .183 against him this season.