As of April 17, 2011 four National League players are batting a robust .400 or better. Matt Kemp of LA Dodgers leads all major league hitters with a torrid .474 batting average, next up is Cincinnati’s Joey Votto with .444, and Starlin Castro of Chic Cubs has a.418 mark. At an even .400 is Colorado’s Jonathan Herrera.
Leading the American League is Yankees Alex Rodriguez with a .385 batting average and Macier Izturis of LA Angels is close behind at .383. Michael Young of Texas is at .365.
April 17 20011 Highlights & Stats – Review by Baseball Historian
Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians leadoff hitter and centerfielder , came off the disabled list and played his first game of 2011. He helped Cleveland win 4-2 as he went 2-for-4 and lined a homer off Orioles starter, right hander Brad Bergesen (0-2 with a 3.38 ERA).
Matt Kemp hit a walk-off ninth inning homer with Andre Ethier on board to led Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win of ST L Cardinals. It was the season’s third home run for Matt Kemp. LA is now 7-9 and St L 8-8 for 2011 season.
Brendan Ryan hit a single driving in two Mariners’ teammates in the 7th inning which helped Seattle defeat the KC Royals 3-2. Seattle’s first baseman Justin Smoak had 2 hits in 4 at bats, scored a run, and has an even .300 batting average for ’11.