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Congrats to Jorge Cantu, who gets the nod this week as Beast of the East.
And let’s shake our collective head at Jason Bergmann, whose abysmal performance awards him the distinction of least of the East.
The Marlins Beast of the Week is…
Jorge Cantu, 3B. Cantu had a monster of a week, hitting .407, .379, .889 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. He is an important part of the Marlins’ lineup, hitting .287, .340, .494 for the year with 11 HR and 34 RBI.
Runners-Up: Dan Uggla, Justin Miller, Scott Olsen
And the Marlins least of the week is…
Jacques Jones, OF. NL Beast praised the Marlins for picking Jones up off of waivers last month. But Jones has not come through since then, and had a terrible week for the Fish, hitting .083, .214, .083 in 12 at-bats. That won’t help his .153 batting average on the year.
Runners-Down: Ricky Nolasco, Matt Treanor, Jeremy Hermida
This is tough. The Nationals have been playing some pretty bad abysmal baseball lately. But there must be one person who gets the Beast of the Week honor, and we give this week’s award to…
Elijah Dukes, OF. The man who has been so troubled off the field has found lots more trouble on the field this year, batting below the Mendoza line. But Dukes seems to be prospering in the two-hole (give credit to Manny Acta here). For the week, Elijah hit .286, .375, .571 with 5 RBI and a home run (a game-winner Thursday night against St. Louis). He certainly has a lot of upside, and any offensive production from the replacement right-fielder will be a huge boost to the team with the worst combined batting average in the majors (.231).
Runners-Up: Jesus Flores, Cristian Guzman, Saul Rivera
The Nationals least of the week is…
Jason Bergmann, RHP. We thought that Bergmann had turned the corner after a terrible start to the season, but he reverted to his old self Friday night against the Giants, giving up 5 earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 innings of work, walking 2 and striking out none. That’s a WHIP of 4.00 and an ERA of 15.00. On a team that’s not hitting, he has to be better than that.
Runners-down: Wily Mo Peña, Felipe Lopez, Luis Ayala
As many of you might have noticed, NLBeast.com isn’t quite as active as it used to be. We’re currently going through a transformation period. With increasingly time-consuming day jobs that don’t really lend themselves to blogging at work, it’s become difficult to post as frequently as we used to. That being said, we’re still planning on continuing NL Beast, just as a different sort of blog. Expect less news and more analysis. That’s the beauty of blogging; it augments other media so that there is no need to report on everything. We’re still new to this, so if anyone has a suggestion or two, please feel free to drop us a line in our comment section.
-The Beast Writers
According to 790 The Zone sports radio in Atlanta via Sabernomics, John Smoltz will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after attempting a comeback in the bullpen this year. Huge blow for Atlanta here. More to come…
Nationals RHP Odalis Perez left the mound early Tuesday night with pain in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, he has been diagnosed with tendonitis, and will likely miss his next start. This comes as yet another blow to Washington, who already have Ryan Zimmerman, Ronnie Belliard, Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Paul Lo Duca, Johnny Estrada, and Chad Cordero on the Disabled List.