Greatness of Pujols and other tidbits
Updated: August 27, 2010, 6:28 PM ETBy Jayson Stark
Due to Strasburgian and Manny-esque factors beyond my control, I regret to announce there will be no Sandwich Awards handed out this week. But there's always room for thePujolsI recognize that Albert Pujols' career isn't over yet. But when you stack him up against the rest of the 400-Homer Club as of today, it becomes even more clear how historically great a player this man is. He'd rank behind only three of his fellow club members in batting average (.333), trailing three nobodies named Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. He'd rank behind only those three, plus Barry Bonds and Jimmie Foxx, in on-base percentage (.426), runs created per game (9.80) and total average (1.134). He'd trail only Williams, Ruth and Gehrig in slugging (.626) and OPS (1.052). And he'd sit behind only Ruth, Williams, Bonds, Mickey Mantle and Gehrig in offensive winning percentage (.772) -- meaning a lineup full of all Albert Pujolses would win 77.2 percent of its games (125-37 by 162-game standards). So evidently, Sir Albert can hit a little bit.KurodaHiroki Kuroda was going to win a Cold Cuts Award this week if there was one. And unless he gets a hit in the next seven days, he's definitely going to win one next week. But in the meantime, let's thank ESPN Stats & Info whiz Greg Found for alerting us all that Kuroda is having a historic offensive season. Historically bad, that is. Kuroda is now 0-for-43 at the plate this year -- yes, 0-for-stinking-43. And here's how hard that is: Only four pitchers since 1901 have gone hitless in a season where they got that many at-bats. And it's been nearly half a century since the last entry on that list, by the way. Last to do it: Ron Herbel (0-for-47) in 1964. Ah, but who's the last pitcher to start a season by going 0-for43 (or worse) and then sneak in a hit? Jeff Suppan in 2004. Amazingly, Suppan busted up his 0-fer with a two-hit game off Pittsburgh's Ryan Vogelsong, exactly six years ago today. So Hiroki Kuroda should know this: There's hope!
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