Friday Contest: The Race to .300 

After a dreadful offensive start, the Giants as a team are starting to creep up in the league rankings. Thanks in large part to the eternal Barry Bonds Walk-a-thon and Steve Finley's blazing hot May, and strong top-of-order work from Winn and Vizquel, the Giants are middle of the pack in N.L. on-base percentage at .340, and in fact much closer to the top team (Cincinnati .356) than the bottom (Pittsburgh .304).

Amazing when you consider that upon Ray Durham's return tonight, they'll have four starting players with sub-.300 OBPs, which is sort of a sabermetric Mendoza line:

Niekro 1B .288
Matheny C .284
Feliz 3B .273
Durham 2B .246

Even Mark Sweeney, who's begun to platoon with Niekro against righties, is sub-.300.

Ready for the Lefty Malo Friday Contest?

Whoever can guess the player to first break the .300 OBP barrier (measured by OBP at the end of a game) wins a Mays Field bumper sticker courtesy of me. Tie-breaker will be the actual game and date.


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