Long in decline,
Erstad's value is further diminished by his manager's insistence on batting him
at the top of the order, where his .313 OBP at week's end has limited RBI
chances for the mashers behind him.
P Minnesota Twins
Good start (2.57
ERA), good pitching coach ( Rick Anderson), reasonably good value ($3.1
million). But though he's throwing strikes, he's not missing bats (14 K's in 35
innings). That will catch up to him.
P St. Louis Cardinals
The wins (three)
and ERA (1.91) are nice, but most pitchers lose something moving from the pen
to the rotation, and fatigue is bound to catch up to Looper, who's never
pitched more than 86 innings.
OF Cincinnati Reds
Why should we
anticipate a drop-off in his .874 OPS through Sunday? His career April OPS is
200 points higher than his post-April OPS, the largest split for any player
since 1960 (minimum: 300 plate appearances).
P San Francisco Giants
He's not the worst
free-agent signing, but somewhere between his two starts to begin '07 (0--2,
8.18 ERA) and three strong subsequent outings (2--1, 1.32) lies the truth: Zito
is a slightly above-average pitcher.
P Atlanta Braves