Gonzalez won't be baseball's best-kept secret for much longer
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By Tim Kurkjian, ESPN The MAGAZINEThere are a lot of great hitters in baseball these days.
WEB GEMS SCOREBOARDThis season, "Baseball Tonight" will be tracking Web Gems. We'll publish a leaderboard on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page each Monday. In addition to listing the leaders in appearances (both players and teams) on "Baseball Tonight," we'll offer up the leaders in Web Gem Points. Web Gem Points will be calculated by awarding five points for the night's top defensive play, four points for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Scoring will be based on the Web Gems from the last "Baseball Tonight" show to air on a given night.
|Web Gem Points leaderboard|
|Web Gem appearances leaderboard (players)|
|Brandon Inge||Detroit||Third base||7|
|David Wright||New York Mets||Third base||7|
|Michael Bourn||Houston||Center field||4|
|Ryan Zimmerman||Washington||Third base||4|
|Web Gem appearances leaderboard (teams)|
|New York Mets||11|
ON DECK: MONDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSTwins at Yankees Could there be another day of drama at the new Stadium? The Yankees have won each of the first three games of this wrap-around set with the Twins in dramatic fashion; all three wins so far have been walk-offs. Johnny Damon took care of things Sunday, hitting a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th. Brewers at Cardinals Talk about an even matchup. Brewers starter Braden Looper enters 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA. Kyle Lohse comes in 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA for the Cardinals. Looper has 27 strikeouts and 14 walks; Lohse has 27 strikeouts and 13 walks. Mets at Dodgers The Dodgers are starting to adjust to life without Manny Ramirez, having won four of their past five games. The Mets will have to learn how to play without Carlos Delgado, who is headed to the disabled list with a hip problem. For the rest of Monday's schedule, click here.
TOUCH 'EM ALLWho went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|A. Kennedy, Oak||1||Det||Galarraga||Top 1: 3-2, 1 Outs. None on.|
|A. Rios, Tor||5||CWS||Floyd||Bot 1: 1-2, 2 Outs. None on.|
|J. Castro, LAD||1||Fla||Koronka||Top 2: 2-1, 0 Outs. None on.|
|A. Lind, Tor||7||CWS||Floyd||Bot 4: 0-0, 1 Outs. 2 on.|
|N. McLouth, Pit||7||Col||Jimenez||Bot 3: 0-0, 1 Outs. None on.|
BBTN ON THE AIR: MONDAY
|10 p.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Peter Gammons, Dave Winfield
|12:20 a.m. ET
|Host: Karl Ravech
Analysts: John Kruk, Dave Winfield
BBTN MINUTE: YANKS' TURNAROUND?
ESPN researcher Mark Simon digs deep, looking for the night's best baseball numbers.Tonight, he looks at the Yankees' home dominance against the Twins over the past few years. It appears that dominance has come across the street with the Yankees to the new stadium, as the Yanks have taken the first three of this year against Minnesota.
|Twins vs. Yankees (since 2002)
Regular-season games, Yankee Stadium(s)
SUNDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Clayton Kershaw made the choice easy on Sunday. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a blowout win against the Marlins before Florida's Cody Ross broke it up with a double. It was the only hit allowed by Kershaw, who struck out nine. It's the fourth consecutive start in which Kershaw has given up four or fewer hits.||WORST|
|• The starting pitchers in Oakland's game with Detroit take the prize. Detroit's Armando Galarraga didn't get out of the first inning, but was bailed out by his offense in the Tigers' 11-7 win. Oakland's Trevor Cahill wasn't so fortunate. He went 2 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and seven runs and suffered the loss.|
NUMBERS TO KNOW
When the Marlins take on the Diamondbacks on Monday, it will feature a great matchup of young hitter against young pitcher. Hanley Ramirez and Dan Haren were both great last year; both are even better this year.Ramirez is arguably the hottest player in baseball right now. He's been on a complete tear in May, hitting .414 with an MVP-like 1.249 OPS. How's he been doing it? By making pitchers pay for falling behind. Haren, despite his 3-4 record, may be the stingiest pitcher in the league. In the National League, he ranks fifth in ERA, first in WHIP, and second among starters in opponents' BA. He could use some run support, though; he's allowed three earned runs or less in all eight starts this season, and been hit with the loss in half of them.
|Ramirez (2008 vs. 2009)|
|BA even or hitter ahead||.310||.387|
|BA vs. fastballs||.291||.377|
|OPS even or hitter ahead||1.009||1.196|
|OPS vs. fastballs||.935||1.129|
|Haren (2008 vs. 2009)|
|BA against even or hitter ahead||.289||.230|
|BA against vs. fastballs||.283||.173|
|OPS against even or hitter ahead||.801||.636|
|OPS against vs. fastballs||.747||.449|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF MONDAY'S GAMES
Adam Madison examines the nine games on Monday's slate.
Madison ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Monday. Daily Notes