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Berkman Remains On Top Of RealGM Player Rankings

At RealGM, we use the Field Impact Counter (FIC) to objectively measure how effectively players are performing and then use the Reina Value to evaluate their financial worth.

The player with the highest FIC for the season, therefore, ?deserves? the highest salary, which is Alex Rodriguez?s $28 million contract for 2008. Because Ben Sheets is currently the leader, he ?deserves? $28 million, and since he is ?actually? making $12.125 million, the difference is 131% and that becomes his Reina Value.

Click here for more information about the Field Impact Counter and the Reina Value.

Each player?s season FIC is listed below with his Reina Value percentage in parenthesis.

1. Lance Berkman, HOU: 159 (+93%)

Berkman hasn?t hit a homerun in his past eight games after going through a streak of hitting eight of them in 16 games.

2. Nate McLouth, PIT: 119 (+5,406%)

McLouth continues to prove that his 2008 is not a fluke as he is hitting .440/.517/.640 over his past 25 at bats.

3. Chipper Jones, ATL: 118 (+75%)

Can Chipper Jones bat .400? He is currently resting at .416 and is hitting .455 over his past 22 at bats.

4. Albert Pujols, STL: 118 (+36%)

Pujols is hitting just .200/.273/.300 over his past 20 at bats.

5. Chase Utley, PHI: 113 (+139%)

Utley continues to lead the MLB in homers with 16.

6. Josh Hamilton, TEX: 104 (+4,210%)

Hamilton is third in the AL in batting (.327) and second in homers with 12.

7. Carlos Quentin, CWS: 103 (+4,146%)

Quentin has at least one home run against every opponent he?s faced with the exception of the Rays.

8. Brandon Webb, ARI: 100 (+202%)

Webb has a K/9 rate of 7.71, which is his highest since his 2003 debut when he posted an 8.57 K/9 rate.

9. Cliff Lee, CLE: 99 (+313%)

Lee has a 6.00 K/BB rate and is second in the MLB in ERA.

10. Cole Hamels, PHI: 93 (+3,100%)

The San Diego native has a 2.23 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.

11. Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: 92 (+3,841%)

Ellsbury is second in the AL in runs (39) and stolen bases (19).

12. Edinson Volquez, CIN: 91 (+3,976%)

Volquez leads the MLB in ERA with a mark of 1.31, as well as strikeouts with 76.

13. Carlos Zambrano, CHC: 91 (+0%)

Zambrano is third in the NL with a 2.47 ERA.

14. Pat Burrell, PHI: 91 (+12%)

Burrell is batting just .218 in May, but five of his 17 hits are homers.

15. Francisco Rodriguez, LAA: 90 (+58%)

Rodriguez leads the MLB with 21 saves and has a 2.35 ERA.

16. Jason Bay, PIT: 89 (+162%)

Bay is hitting .480/.536/.960 over his past 25 at bats.

17. James Shields, TBR: 89 (+1,467%)

Shields has a 2.92 ERA against the Yankees, but he has been on the wrong end of two losses.

18. Tim Hudson, ATL: 88 (+0%)

Hudson is yielding a .609 OPS against.

19. Ervin Santana, LAA: 88 (+3,590%)

Santana had a 2.48 ERA in April but is 1-2 with a 4.39 ERA in May.

20. Ben Sheets, MIL: 88 (+28%)

Sheets has a 2.38 ERA at Wrigley Field in two starts this season.

21. Conor Jackson, ARI: 88 (+3,535%)

Bay has an .827 OPS in his first at bat against a pitcher and 1.009 and .941 in his second and third at bats.

22. Aramis Ramirez, CHC: 88 (+0%)

Ramirez has increased his BB/PA rate to .137, which is up significantly from his career average of .070.

23. Roy Halladay, TOR: 88 (+51%)

Halladay has an excellent 2.80 groundball/flyball ratio.

24. Matt Holliday, COL: 87 (+58%)

Holliday has a 1.023 OPS during the month of May.

25. Shaun Marcum, TOR: 87 (+3,555%)

Marcum currently leads the MLB in WHIP (0.87).

- Christopher Reina is the executive editor of RealGM and the creator of the Reina Value.

Via Christopher Reina/RealGM


Umpire Struck In Head By Bat In Philadelphia

Umpire Jerry Crawford was struck in the head by the bat of Carlos Lee on Sunday afternoon, delaying the Philadelphia-Houston game roughly fifteen minutes, according to The Associated Press.

Lee fouled off a 2-2 pitch from Cole Hamels, and his bat smacked Crawford on the follow-through. The umpire stripped off his helmet and jogged to the Houston dugout with a bloody gash on the left side of his head.

Lee hit a home run later when the at-bat continued to give the Astros an early lead.

Via ESPN


Biggio's No. 7 To Be Retired Aug. 17

The Astros will retire Craig Biggio's No. 7 on August 17 as he becomes just the ninth player to have his number set aside by the franchise, according to The Houston Chronicle.

"It's one of the biggest honors you could ever have," Biggio said. "It will be forever. You play the game for a long time, and it doesn't necessarily mean you'll have your number retired, but the way you play the game and things you're able to do and that's going to happen."

"That's one of the greatest feelings you could have as a player is to look up there and see your retired number. I'm very honored," he added.

Via The Houston Chronicle


Biggio To Coach Houston High School Team

Former Astros' star Craig Biggio will coach St. Thomas High School in Houston, according to The Associated Press.

He was the assistant baseball and football coach this year, and they won a state private championship earlier this month.

The 42-year-old Biggio, considered a future Hall of Famer, retired last year after 20 seasons with the Astros.

Via ESPN


Oswalt's Status Uncertain With Hip Injury

Houston starting pitcher Roy Oswalt's status is uncertain after he injured his right hip against the Rangers on Saturday night, according to The Associated Press.

There is controversy surrounding the injury as Oswalt claims he told his coaches that he wasn't sure he could continue to pitch into the seventh inning but was sent out anyway.

"It's a misunderstanding," Manager Cecil Cooper said. "We just want to make sure we're all on the right page."

When asked if everything was fine with the decision to pitch the seventh, Oswalt responde, "Yeah."

"In two or three days I'll throw a little bit and see how it feels," Oswalt said. "I don't know [about the next start]. All I know is today I can't pitch."

His next scheduled start would be Thursday against the Phillies, and he is 4-4 with a 5.43 ERA in 10 starts in 2008.

Via ESPN


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