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National League Week 3
« on: 20 Apr 2010 9:13:06 AM »
National League Week 3 in Review:

NL East
New York Mets         12 7 (4-3) ---
Atlanta Braves         10 8 (2-4) 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies    8 10 (1-5) 3.5
Washington Nationals 8 11 (4-3) 4.0
Florida Marlins           3 16 (1-5) 9.0

New York dropped 3 of 4 in a series against Chicago, but scored a 3-game sweep against division rival Atlanta to regain first place in the East.  The Mets launched 12 homers as a team (2nd – DMBO), including two from Shin-Soo Choo who hit .423/.516/.731.  Atlanta picked a series win against Philadelphia before getting swept in New York.  Stephen Strasburg is making an early case for Rookie of the Year, and perhaps even the Cy Young Award.  Strasburg allowed only 3 runs in 15 1/3 innings (1.76 ERA), and had a remarkable 17-to-1 K/BB ratio.  The Phillies fell under .500 for the season after losing 5 of their 6 games in Week 3.  Philadelphia’s pitching was mostly to blame for the poor week, as it had the DMBO’s second-highest team ERA with a 6.39 mark.  The Nationals snapped a 6-game losing streak and reeled off 4 wins in a row to finish this week of play.  Washington’s pitching was second in the NL with a 2.49 ERA, and its staff had the best K/9 rate with 9.8 K/9.  Nats’ starter Kris Medlen racked up 10 strikeouts in a 1-run, 7-inning outing, and earned his first win of 2010.  Florida’s struggles continued, as the Fish lost 5 of its 6 games.
NL Central                          
Milwaukee Brewers 12 6 (5-1) ---
Cincinnati Reds      12 7 (3-3) 0.5
Houston Astros      10 8 (4-2) 2.0
Pittsburgh Pirates    9 9 (3-3) 3.0
Chicago Cubs         8 11 (3-4) 4.5
St. Louis Cardinals   7 11 (3-3) 5.0

Milwaukee vaulted past Cincinnati in the standings for a half-game lead after Week 3, due in large part to having an NL-best 2.25 team ERA.  Brewers’ ace Dan Haren allowed only 3 runs in 18 innings (1.50 ERA), and despite pitching 18 innings, he did not have a complete game.  Haren received a no decision in a 10-inning outing against the Pirates, in a game that went 20 innings and burned through 16 pitchers combined between the teams.  Haren earned a win in his other start, an 8-inning, 2-run performance against the Cubs.  The Reds .500 week was comprised of a 2-of-3 series win against the Dodgers, and 1-of-3 series loss against the Padres.  Cincinnati lefty John Danks tossed a 2-hit, 1-run compete game gem to take the rubber match against Los Angeles.  Houston is off to a solid start to its season, and won 4 of its 6 contests this week.  The Astros led the DMBO with 14 home runs, 41 runs scored, and a .946 team OPS.  Catcher Kurt Suzuki had a fine .381/.458/.714 week with 2 homers and 5 runs scored.  The Pirates had their third straight 3-3 week.  Outfielder David DeJesus reached base in 15 of his 29 plate appearances (.517 OBP).  Chicago took 3 of 4 in New York, but then lost 3 straight in Milwaukee.  Third baseman Brandon Inge had a .971 OPS with 2 homers and 6 RBI for the Cubs.  Saint Louis played .500 ball.  The Cardinals’ hitters have struggled to hit for power early in the year with only 12 homers (2nd fewest NL) and a .367 slugging percentage (t-2nd lowest NL).  However, this year’s Cardinals have been proficient on the base paths, successfully stealing 21 bases in 25 attempts.
NL West                          
San Francisco Giants  12 6 (4-2) ---
Arizona Diamondbacks 10 8 (4-2) 2.0
Colorado Rockies        10 9 (5-2) 2.5
Los Angeles Dodgers     9 9 (1-5) 3.0
San Diego Padres        7 11 (3-3) 5.0

The Giants took 2 of 3 against the Padres and Cardinals in Week 3, despite scoring 22 runs (2nd fewest NL).  Zack Greinke fired his second complete game of the year, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits, while striking out 10 batters.  Arizona finished Week 3 with a 3-game sweep against Philadelphia, and it hit for a National League-high .315 batting average.  Left fielder Jason Bay was red hot, hitting .429/.520/.857 with 2 homers, 3 doubles, and 6 RBI for the Diamondbacks.  Colorado climbed over .500 with a 5-2 week.  The Rockies received two quality starts from Carlos Villanueva, which included a 4-hit shutout, and Villanueva won both starts.  Los Angeles has lost 6 of its last 7 games.  Mark DeRosa has been a bright spot during the Dodgers’ recent struggles – DeRosa hit .435/.458/.913 with 2 doubles, 3 homers, and 5 runs scored.  San Diego won its last two games of Week 3 in Cincinnati to take the series and finish the week at .500.  Sean Gallagher won both of his starts this week for the Padres, allowing just 2 runs in 14 innings (1.29 ERA).

NL Hitter of the Week:  Jason Bay, Arizona Diamondbacks
In a close contest, Bay takes Week 3’s Hitter of the Week Award.  Bay hit .429 (8th)/.520 (4th)/.857 (2nd) with 2 homers (t-8th), 3 doubles (t-4th), a 1.377 OPS (1st), and 9.9 Runs Created (3rd).  Mark DeRosa (Dodgers) and Shin-Soo Choo (Mets) also had great weeks.

NL Pitcher of the Week: Carlos Villanueva, Colorado Rockies
Villanueva tossed the only shutout in the National League during Week 3, and won his other start.  He pitched 17 innings (2nd), had an OPS against of .493 (9th), and a WHIP of 0.71 (7th).  Other great weeks came from Dan Haren (Brewers) and Stephen Strasburg (Braves).
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