After 58 plate appearances in Double-A, Bryce Harper is batting .208 with two runs batted in, one extra base hit and no home runs. And in 42 PA since his first call up, Mike Trout is batting .179. Trout is only up because of injuries, and should be sent back down soon. He will likely compete for a job in spring training 2012, but might find himself getting at bats at Triple-A.
Chris Carpenter has gone eight or more innings in six of his last nine starts, and is 5-0 in his last six.
People keep saying Justin Masterson has a “regression to the mean” coming. But in his last two starts, he has combined to go 14.2 innings, allowing one total earned run and one total walk, with 12 strikeouts. In 21 starts, he has allowed more than two earned runs five times, and only once in the last month. He’s gone less than six innings only three times in 21 starts and never less than five innings. In the month of July, he has a 32/6 strikeout to walk ratio, that’s more than 5/1.
Adam Dunn has exactly ONE start this month in which he did not strike out. He went 0-4 in that game anyway. In fact, in 84 games this season he has 11 starts without a strikeout. Listen to this, of those 11 starts without a strikeout, in five of them he had zero hits and in the other six, he had one. Dunn has no multi-hit games without a strikeout.
Look at these numbers for Dustin Pedroia per month
April- 118 plate appearances, .255 AVG, .730 OPS
May- 128 PA, .227, .640
June- 116 PA, .340, 1.010
July- 92 PA, .402, 1.187
Aramis Ramirez is batting .329 with a 1.085 OPS in the month of July. He says he wants to stay in Chicago, but at 33 years old, if he was presented with a deal to a contender (perhaps Pittsburgh) how could he turn it down?
In his last six starts, CC Sabathia has thrown 47.2 innings, with four total earned runs allowed, with 58 strikeouts.
Ervin Santana has a 2.20 ERA and an impressive 4.2 K/BB ratio in four starts this month.
If the season ended today, Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay would get my Cy Young votes. Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes would be my MVPs. I’d give Rookie of the Year to Craig Kimbrel and I’m fairly unimpressed by the American League candidates so far. Michael Pineda might be the leader, but he has had a horrendous July that makes his overall numbers look decent but certainly not outstanding.