Francisco Rodriguez, RHP, Angels
After a rocky 2003 season he has regained command of his slider,
and in 13 2/3 innings through Sunday had struck out 20 and not
allowed an earned run.
Despite an ERA .62 worse than last year through its first 25
games, Detroit was 13-12 thanks to the highest-scoring offense
(5.7 runs per game) in the AL.
Matt Clement, RHP, Cubs
The forgotten starter was 4-1, led the National League in
opponents' batting average (.167) and was sixth in strikeouts per
nine innings (9.74).
Ichiro Suzuki, RF, Mariners
After hitting .259 during a second-half slide last season, he has
continued to struggle, batting .270 with a subpar .325 on-base
percentage through Sunday for reeling Seattle.
Wasting a fine April by its starters (4.01 ERA), the relievers
had a major-league-high 7.46 ERA and had lost four games in which
they had a lead after seven innings.
Jose Reyes, 2B, Mets
The phenom was shut down indefinitely after an MRI showed that
his injured hamstring hadn't healed. --Albert Chen