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Know Your Enemy 2005 - Week 8
by Derek Smart
Do me a favor: pretend it's Monday. That way, all this stuff is up to date.
St. Louis Cardinals
The end of May is too early to declare most division races over, but this one's getting awfully close. A few more weeks like this one from the Cards and you can put a fork in the thing.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this team is that fact that they've allowed the third fewest runs in the National League. Fun fact: with a run differential of +28 The Crew is one game under .500, and with a run differential of +39 the White Sox are sixteen games over. It's all in the timing, folks.
Hello, and welcome to the only team in the division with a record below .500 for the period. Last week saw them within three games of being even, and if a subsequent Monday finds them closer than that in 2005, I'll plotz.
Offense powered by....Felipe Lopez? The Reds' shortstop hit .310/.389/.690 for the week with 2 doubles, 3 homers, 7 RBIs, and 9 runs scored. He's not that good, but he's the best man the Reds have for the job, and if there's any justice in the world, he won't be forced to sit in favor of recently activated oldster, Rich Aurilia.
For the first time since the inaugural week of the season, the Astros finished a Monday to Sunday span without losing more than they won, also taking their first road series, beating the Brewers in two out of three. That's bad news masquerading as good, if I've ever seen it.