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Look Down on Thy Neighbor
2003-04-12 07:21
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Time to feel better, everyone. Let's talk about the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers.

ESPN has a strange feature on its site which takes the RPI used to rate college basketball teams and applies it to baseball. By this measure, the Dodgers are 28th out of 30 teams - ahead, only, of the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks.

So let's talk about them.

The Diamondbacks are 2-7, 7 1/2 games behind San Francisco. Randy Johnson of the 2-7 Diamondbacks is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA. (Fact is, he still is striking out many and walking few, so he's mostly he's probably been unlucky, but ain't that about time.) Curt Schilling is 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA.

The Tigers are 0-9, 8 1/2 games behind Kansas City. They are batting .140 this season with an OPS of .399. In nine games, they have 14 runs. In nine games, they have two home runs, complemented nicely by their one stolen base. In nine games, they have had two leads all season.
There - isn't that better?

Oh - and against lefthander Kirk Reuter, Mike Kinkade should have started Friday night instead of Fred McGriff.

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