Sunday notes: Offensive MVPs for each team

Let’s take a quick spin through the league to see who each team’s offensive MVP is through the first two weeks.

The biggest surprise on the list just might be Crusoe catcher John Buck, who has been splattering the baseball with terrific results. After back-to-back slugging percentages of .367 and .347 the past two years, Buck seemed to have little fantasy upside. But six homers and 19 RBI to start the season is eye-opening.

No less than Buster Olney refers to Flash’s Matt Adams as a “professional hitter.” That often means the guy can’t play in the field. But we don’t care, as long as he gets at bats, right?

One of the great story lines of the new season is Evan Gattis, who was out of baseball for a few years, but has returned in Brian McCann’s absence to bang four homers for the Hose.

And a question to ponder: Is it possible that Bryce Harper might actually live up to the enormous, nonstop hype?

Here is one player on each roster who is making a mark (BA-HR-RBI-SB)


Troy Tulowitzki: .342-3-11-0


John Buck: .317-6-19-0


Michael Cuddyer: .359-3-10-1


Matt Adams: .643-2-7-0


Justin Upton: .349-6-10-2


Bryce Harper: .372-5-10-1


Dexter Fowler: .311-6-9-1


Carlos Gonzalez: .333-3-6-2


Carl Crawford: .410-1-1-2


Evan Gattis: .333-4-8-0

EVALUATION PHASE: While there was much talk of the Kings’ rash of deals — three trades in four days involving three different CDRL teams and a total of 21 players — the free agent market has been slower to percolate. So far, only one move has been made. The Knights, considered by many in the preseason as the team to beat, saw enough of Jeff Francis in one ghastly outing (7 hits, 7 runs, 4 walks in 1.2 innings) to send him packing. They picked up Carlos Villanueva (somewhere, Harry Caray is smiling), who has put up un-Villanueva-like numbers, pitching to an ERA of 0.64 and a WHIP of 0.86.

Even though there are theoretically at least 50 more active players available because of CDRL’s contraction to 10 teams, most owners seem willing to spend time in talent evaluation.

A CLOSER LOOK: It’s been a typical year for closers so far. In Chicago, Carlos Marmol lost the job to Kyuji Fujikawa, who promptly got hurt. So the Cubs will go with someone named Committee for awhile, although Fujikawa’s injury doesn’t, at this point, seem significant. … In Milwaukee, it didn’t take them long to remove John Axford, hard to believe considering his 18.69 ERA and his 2.5 WHIP. Jim Henderson is the temporary answer, but this happened last year and Axford returned to close the season strong.

Gary Robinson posted at 2013-4-14 Category: Baseball

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  1. #1David Memphis MOJO Smith @ 2013-4-14 23:03 Reply

    I was thinking of picking up Shawn Camp. I watched the Cubbie game today and now see why I didn’t.

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