The Phillies will honor John Kruk prior to Friday’s game by making him their annual addition to the team’s Wall of Fame.
Kruk joins such greats as Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Robin Roberts on the wall. His long-time teammate, Darren Daulton, was inducted last year.
Kruk is better known now for his big appetite and mouth, but he was an excellent first baseman for the Phillies for six years. He was an All-Star each year from 1991-93, and he received MVP votes all three seasons. He finished second to Barry Bonds in the NL in OBP in both 1992 and ’93. He also finished sixth in the league in OPS both seasons.
Since he had a short career — he didn’t debut until age 25 and he walked off the field and into retirement at age 34 — Kruk didn’t compile much in the way of career numbers. He ended up with just 100 homers and 592 RBI. Still, his .309/.400/.461 line in six seasons with the Phillies makes him a worthy choice for the wall.
The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.
Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.
If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.
Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.
Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.
Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.