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Rookies, part 2....

Posted at 9:40 AM on August 31, 2005 by David Zingler

Yesterday we looked at the top rookie position players, today its the pitchers turn.

AL Pitchers
Joe Blanton, Oakland: 8-9, 3.61 ERA, 87K/56BB
The rock solid Blanton has helped make up for the loss of Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson.

Gustavo Chacin, Toronto: 11-7, 3.62 ERA, 95K/60BB
Having a good year, but have you heard anything about him?

Scott Kazmir, Tampa Bay: 7-9, 4.12 ERA, 137K/80BB
Leads all rookies in strike outs, but will need to pile up a few more wins to take home the award.

Chris Young, Texas: 11-7, 4.31 ERA, 127K/39BB
The 6-10 Princeton grad has been the Rangers best pitcher not named Kenny Rogers.

Huston Street, Oakland: 17/21 saves, 1.25 ERA*
A first round pick in 2004, Street has been piling up saves for a contender. This bodes well for him.

Jesse Crain, Minnesota: 9-4, 2.54 ERA*, 1 save
After hot start, Crain has cooled off, but remains among the top middle relievers in the game.

My Pick: Street, hes the odds on favorite to win AL ROY.

NL Pitchers
Jeff Francis, Colorado: 12-9, 5.86 ERA, 111K/60 BB
Leads all rookies in victories, but the ERA is way too high, even for Coors Field.

Zach Duke, Pittsburgh: 6-0, 1.81 ERA*, 44K/16BB
Was on fire until an injury shelved him for the season, will the Pirates ever catch a break?

Yhency Brazoban, Dodgers: 21/25 saves, 5.74 ERA
Has filled in admirably for the injured Eric Gagne, but his ERA is way too high.

My Pick: Duke, despite the injury, hes generated the most excitement.

*Does not have enough innings pitched to qualify for league leaders.

Time for a road trip?

Posted at 11:22 AM on August 31, 2005 by Ben Tesch (1 Comments)

I think it is my duty as a baseball fan to point out to you all that the Friday, September 2 game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago is Mullet Night. Here is the pregame schedule:

Celebrate a classic American hairstyle, the mullet. Shake your mullet to the beat of the band Identity Crisis. Let your mullet loose as you jam with the band Backstage Pass.

Don't have a mullet? Have a stylist at one of four Great Clips haircut stations located throughout the ballpark trim one up for you. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Chicago White Sox Charities.

Then, march your mullet over to Gate 1, where mulleted men and women will parade their classic cuts around the warning track. Wigged mullets will be accepted. The first 500 mullet marchers will get a free White Sox Mullet Night T-shirt.

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