Random "Hot" or "Not"

by Dave B. in


Here is an early season look at who's hot and who's not in MLB, among ex-Cape Leaguers.   This list is in no way meant to look at all (or even most) players.   As the title says, it's random.   Very random.   Any stats referenced are through Sunday's games.

HOT:

Joe Saunders (Harwich / L.A. Angels).  4-0 with a 2.55 ERA to start the season.   Hugely important to the Angels rotation which is without John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar.

Chase Utley (Cotuit / Philadelphia).  One of the best players in the game is batting .374.

Pat Burrell (Hyannis / Philadelphia).  8 HR and 25 RBI to go along with a surprising .354 BA.

Lance Berkman (Wareham / Houston).  Off to a solid start with .312 Avg., 8 HR, 23 RBI.

Conor Jackson (Bourne / Arizona).   Named NL Player of the Week on April 21.   Batting .351 while hitting in the middle of the Diamondbacks lineup.

Micah Owings  (Bourne / Arizona).  Not impressed with his 4-0 record on the mound ?   How about his .389 BA ?   Good enough bat to be used as a pinchhitter.   3-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in Sunday's game.

Kevin Youkilis  (Bourne / Boston).  .319 BA and a MLB record for consecutive games without an error by a firstbaseman.   Hugely important part of the Red Sox infield with the ability to play thirdbase in Mike Lowell's absence.

Jacoby Ellsbury (Falmouth / Boston).  Exciting player.   .280 BA with 3 HR and 11RBI, mostly out of the leadoff spot.   Tremendous speed and fun to watch in the outfield.   Hey Greg, I finally got a Commodore in here.

Justin Masterson (Wareham / Boston).   Well, he was hot for one day anyway.   After not pitching higher than AA, threw six innings of one-run, two-hit ball against a good Angels lineup.   Then the Red Sox bullpen came on and tossed some gasoline on the fire and Masterson ended up with a no-decision.   His strong performance earned him a ticket back to the minors but he is on the fast track back to Boston.   It was a lot of fun to stand behind the backstop and watch Masterson pitch at Spillane Field a few years ago.

David Aardsma  (Falmouth / Boston).   OK, he isn't all that "hot" and this isn't meant to be a Red Sox post.   This is another shout-out to Greg about another ex-Commodore who has become a serviceable member of the Red Sox bullpen.   1-1 with a 3.29 ERA.   As most everyone knows, Aardsma supplanted the Aaron brothers as the first player listed alphabetically in the baseball encyclopedia.   What does that have to do with anything ?   I don't know.

Evan Longoria  (Chatham / Tampa Bay).   A .271 BA to go with 3 HR and 10 RBI in only 48 AB.   One of the games future stars for the first place Tampa Bay Rays.   I really just wanted a chance to type "first place Tampa Bay Rays" since I've never done that before.

David Murphy  (Wareham / Texas).   A .302 BA while playing full-time in the Rangers outfield.   There is a question as to whether Murphy will hit with power and he has only one homerun so far.

Billy Wagner  (Brewster / N.Y. Mets).   6 for 6 in save opportunities with only one hit allowed in 10 innings pitched.

Tim Lincecum  (Harwich / San Francisco).   Lincecum is one of few players to cheer about in S.F.   4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 36 strike outs in 29+ innings.

NOT :

Barry Zito  (Wareham / San Francisco).   0-6 with an ERA approaching 7.50.   In the second year of a 7 year, 126 million dollar contract.   Just sent to the bullpen.   Nuff said.

Frank Thomas  (Orleans / Oakland).   Recently released by the Blue Jays.   Brings his sub-Mendoza Line batting average back to the Bay area.

Joe Blanton  (Bourne / Oakland).   2-4 with a 4.07 ERA while giving up 58 hits in 48+ innings.

Carlos Pena (Harwich and Wareham / Tampa Bay).   Coming off his 46 HR season, Pena is only batting .200 but does have 6 HR.

Jason Michaels  (Orleans / Cleveland).   Hey Carlos, can you move over and make room for Michaels ?    Both are perched right on the Mendoza Line.   A .200 BA with zero HR's won't get it done for the Indians.

Jensen Lewis  (Falmouth / Cleveland).   Only mentioned because the Tribe would like to see Lewis take over the closer role in Joe Borowski's absence but there is concern because Lewis has lost 5 mph off his fastball.

Casey Blake  (Hyannis / Cleveland).   Blake is batting .224.   Probably not a good thing when three Indians show up on the "Not" side of "Hot."   This may explain in part why the Indians are two games below .500.

Brad Hawpe (Y-D / Colorado).   One HR and only 8 RBI.   Probably nothing that a homestand at Red Wilson Field wouldn't cure.

David Bush  (Chatham / Milwaukee).  Technically doesn't belong here since he is not in the majors.   His 0-3, 6.75 ERA earned him a demotion to Nashville to clear a roster spot for Mike Cameron.

Jason Bartlett (Harwich / Tampa Bay).   Rays probably aren't expecting much offensively from Bartlett but he has been offensive with a .207 BA, 0 HR, 6 RBI start to his season.

Matt Murton  (Wareham / Cubs).   .091 BA, 0 HR, 3 RBI may find Murton back in the minors where he has already spent some time this season.

Nomar Garciaparra  (Orleans / L.A. Dodgers).   .226 / 1 / 5 and another trip to the DL.