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August 3, 2008
As the Angels' Francisco Rodriguez chases the single-season record of 57 saves, several teams are chasing him. Four teams, in fact, each trying to win more games than Rodriguez saves. He could become the first closer in four years -- and the third in major league history -- to save more games than at least one other club wins. Saves did not become an official statistic until 1969. In this week's STATS Corner, a look at the closers in the exclusive club of saving as many games as at least one other club wins, from STATS LLC: -- 2002 John Smoltz (Braves)
September 28, 2008
Ryan Howard won the National League most valuable player award two years ago. He could do it again this year, despite what would be the lowest batting average for an MVP, pitchers excepted. In his 2006 MVP season, he hit .313 with 58 home runs and 149 runs batted in. He is hitting .250 this season, and he leads the major leagues with 48 home runs and 146 runs batted in. The last player to lead the majors in those categories and not win an MVP award: Alex Rodriguez, who hit .
August 10, 2008 | Bill Shaikin
The week ahead Dodgers: The Dodgers haven't won a playoff series since 1988. You might have heard about this once or twice. Milwaukee hasn't won a playoff series since 1982. The Brewers haven't even appeared in the playoffs since 1982. So they traded four prospects for CC Sabathia, who is 6-0 in seven starts for Milwaukee, with four complete games. No other team in the National League has more than four complete games.
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