2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
1. Alex Rodriguez – 942
2. David Wright – 926
3. Evan Longoria – 913
4. Pablo Sandoval – 905
5. Chipper Jones – 897
6. Aramis Ramirez – 882
7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866
8. Mark Reynolds – 856
9. Troy Glaus – 821
10. Edwin Encarnacion – 819
– Yeah, I know Sandoval and Glaus won’t be playing third base this year. I did list Kevin Youkilis with the first basemen. He came in at 891.
(Edit – Of course, Sandoval is going to play 3B this year, I forgot the Giants signed Aubrey Huff)
– Adrian Beltre comes in at 789, but it wouldn’t surprise me much to see him come in somewhere around 820-840. Besides his 1017 mark in 2004 and an 835 in 2000, his high water point was 802 three years ago. However, he’s never played in a park like Fenway.
– Encarnacion’s presence will surprise some, but his career mark is 790 and he finished up well in his intro to the AL last year, coming in at .274/.364/.547 with seven homers in his 95 at-bats in Sept./Oct.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.