Though hes been helped out by a lucky BABIP and LOB%, Ubaldo Jimenez is 10-1 with a 0.78 ERA ..... wow.
Justin Morneau has been ridiculous; .377/.493/.680. His +4 WAR leads all of baseball.
Carlos Marmol is striking out nearly 2 batters per inning. Jonathan Broxton is doing pretty good too with his MLB-leading 1.74 xFIP, I'd say...
Alex Rios is having a great bounce back year, already accumulating nearly +3 wins in less than 200 plate appearances. He was worth 0.4 wins all of last year. Vernon Wells is also having a big bounce back year, already accumulating more wins than he did in 2008 and 2009 combined.
Vlad Guerrero is having a big year for the Rangers, but his home/road splits are quite drastic: 1.100 home OPS, .685 road OPS.
Jose Bautista, yea, Jose Bautista, leads MLB in homeruns with 16.
Jason Heyward leads MLB outfielders in OPS (2nd in wOBA).... and hes only 20 years old.
Luckiest reliever? Has to be Denys Reyes; don't let the 0.54 ERA fool you; hes been helped out by a 100% LOB% and .075 BABIP (!!). His FIP and xFIP suggests his ERA should be in the mid 4's. Manny Delcarmen and his fluky .140 BABIP gets honorable mention.
Luckiest starting pitcher? Easily, Livan Hernandez. His shiny 2.15 ERA is aided by a a LOB% just under 90% and a BABIP in the low .200's. Tim Hudson, Jon Garland, and Jeff Niemann get honorable mention.
Unluckiest reliever? I'll go with 2 guys - Chad Qualls and Nick Masset and their near-.500 BABIP. lol, wow. Both have xFIP's under 3.50 but ERA's over 7. Honorable mentions go out to Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Betancourt.
Unluckiest starting pitcher? Justin Masterson and his BABIP that's over .400. Brandon Morrow and Gavin Floyd have also been on the unlucky side.
More fun with BABIP: Austin Jackson leads baseball with a .458 BABIP (thanks to his MLB-leading 32.4 line drive percentage, jeez) while Aaron Hill, Aramis Ramirez, and Akinori Iwamura have a BABIP under .200.
David Eckstein is a little shrimp, but you can't put anything past him right now; his 2.7 K% is the best in baseball.
Most valuable batter: Justin Morneau, +4.0 WAR
Most valuable pitcher: Roy Halladay, +3.2 WAR
Least valuable batter: Akinori Iwamura, -1.3 WAR
Least valuable pitcher: Todd Wellemeyer, -0.4 WAR
Best defensive player: LF Carl Crawford, +8.1 UZR
Worst defensive player: CF Matt Kemp, -13.6 UZR
The Blue Jays are winning without Roy Halladay. Its not a fluke either; their starting pitching xFIP is 2nd in the AL at 4.06 (hello Ricky Romero and your 2nd best xFIP in baseball), and their bullpen xFIP also ranks 2nd in the AL at 3.97. Oh, and they're hitting too... and hitting with power - their team .340 wOBA is 4th best in the AL while their .226 ISO leads the AL. What's funny is that Aaron Hill, Adam Lind, and Lyle Overbay have been their worst hitters.
The Padres aren't hitting much (so of course they go and pound out 18 runs on 19 hits vs my Mets last night, ugh), but they are winning with an exciting, young rotation, the best bullpen in baseball, and great defense.
Oh, the Mariners. They aren't hitting, their pitching has been mediocre (by xFIP standards), their team defense has been strong but not on pace to be as good as last year.
The Diamondbacks can hit (tied for 2nd in the NL in runs) and their starting pitching has been unlucky (5.11 ERA, 4.13 xFIP), but their bullpen is a disaster.
The Reds can hit; only the Yankees have a higher team wOBA in MLB.
Okay, I'm getting tired of typing....
Edited by nmigliore, 01 June 2010 - 10:27 AM.