2010 projected leaders: ERA

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
NL
1. Tim Lincecum – 2.78
2. Roy Halladay – 2.83
3. Chris Carpenter – 3.06
4. Adam Wainwright – 3.18
5. Johan Santana – 3.31
6. Clayton Kershaw – 3.33
7. Josh Johnson – 3.35
8. Dan Haren – 3.41
9. Tommy Hanson – 3.43
10. Chad Billingsley – 3.47
The ERA crown remains Lincecum’s, but Halladay might have to be considered the Cy Young favorite, given that he should receive better offensive support. Halladay has a tougher ballpark to deal with, but he will be helped by the Phillies’ superior defense.
AL
1. Felix Hernandez – 3.06
2. Zack Greinke – 3.13
3. Cliff Lee – 3.17
4. Jon Lester – 3.35
5. Justin Verlander – 3.53
6. CC Sabathia – 3.54
7. Josh Beckett – 3.58
8. Brett Anderson – 3.60
9. Rick Porcello – 3.74
10. John Lackey – 3.80
I have Anderson and Porcello joining the ranks of the AL’s elite, but other candidates include David Price, Clay Buchholz and Max Scherzer.
Greinke would still be the AL’s best pitcher if he finished so slightly behind Hernandez. That’s because King Felix has an all-world defense backing him up, while Greinke is almost certain to get subpar defensive support.

Rangers activate Elvis Andrus from disabled list

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The Rangers made a handful of roster moves on Monday, per the club’s executive VP of communications John Blake. Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been activated from the 60-day disabled list, pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Catcher Jose Trevino was optioned to Double-A Frisco. And yesterday, outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Round Rock.

The big news, of course, is the return of Andrus. He missed over two months of action after suffering a fractured right elbow on April 11 when he was hit by a 97 MPH fastball. Andrus had gotten off to a good start, batting .327/.426/.500 in 61 plate appearances.

Jurickson Profar handled shortstop while Andrus was out and did an adequate job. While his defense was subpar according to the metrics, he hit .243/.315/.456 across 267 trips to the plate. With Andrus back, Profar will likely slide back into a utility role for the Rangers.