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MLB News: Reds Chris Heisey, Yankees, Phillies Lee, Paul Konerko

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Who the Hell is Chris Heisey?

Leadoff hitter Chris Heisey hit three HRs in yesterdays Cincinnati Reds 10-2 win over the New York Yankees in Game 2 of a day-night double header giving the Reds a split and salvaging the last game of the three game series. Heisey became 27th player on the Reds (32nd time) to have three HRs in a game and only the third player in Reds history with the hat trick from the leadoff spot (Pete Rose and Jay Bruce are the others).

So who the hell is Chris Heisey? Did anyone you know have Heisey on their Fantasy Baseball roster? Chances are that unless you are Scott Engel, Dr. Roto or a huge Reds fan, you had no idea who the heck this guy was.

Apparently the 26-year old is a Mount Joy, PA native that went to Messish College in Grantham, PA and was drafted by the Reds in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB draft. Heisey was added to the Reds’ 40=man roster after the 2009 season to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Chris played in 97 games his rookie season and batted .254 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. Heisey tied Matt Stairs for the MLB lead in pinch hit HRs last year with four.

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Heisey is currently a fourth outfielder on the Reds, hitting .273 with 8 HRs, 28 RBI, 3 SB, 10 BB and 22 RS in 128 ABs on the year. So when someone at work asks you today who the hell Chris Heisey is, now you have a plethora of information to fire off and sound like you are a baseball encyclopedia. 

Philadelphia = Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

Cliff Lee hurled his third complete game shutout of the season and second in a row as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0, at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.

Sure it’s a lot easier pitching against the Cardinals without Albert Pujols in the lineup, but Lee and the rest of the vaunted starting pitching staff are living up to the preseason hype and leading the Phillies into the All-Star break with the best record in MLB, on pace for 102 wins.

Check out these numbers from their “Big Four” starters.

Oswalt has been hurt, but who wouldn’t take their 4th starter piching to a 3.38 ERA? If these four starters are healthy going into the playoffs, it’s hard for me to see the Phillies not winning the World Series this year.

Paul Konerko Making an Argument for the Hall of Fame

Paul Konerko went 0-3 in last night 4-3 win against the Cubs, but has anyone noticed the season that Paul Konerko has put together? The 35-year old Chicago White Sox first baseman has 21 HRs on the year batting .327 with 59 RBI. The White Sox signed both Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko this off season to multi-year deals and while Dunn has been a flop so far (batting .175 with 91 strikeouts), Konerko’s performance has been nothing short of astounding.

Last year Konerko hit .312 with 39 HRs and 111 RBI and he’s currently on pace to make those numbers look paltry. A .282 career hitter with 386 HRs and 1,215 RBI, the 2005 ALCS MVP and World Series hero is quietly compiling an case for the Hall of Fame. Don’t look at me through your computer that way, another season or two like this and tack a few add-on years as a DH at the end of his career to enhance his numbers and he’s there.

If Paulie gets to 500 HRs with 1,500 RBI and a + .280 BA, he’s in! Don’t believe me? Take a look at newly elected Andre Dawson’s numbers and then tell me that Konerko doesn’t have a shot.

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