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Ten lists of 10: the Strasburg edition

The TMR makes his lists and checks them twice. That Strasburg guy is everywhere!

Updated: June 9, 2010, 11:32 AM ET
By Matthew Berry | ESPN.com

I'm in a ranking mood. Just finished my new football ranks (which will be up Friday). Did a column two weeks ago in which I ranked my top 300 for the rest of the year. I also reviewed the ranks of the Maxim "Hot 100" and recently ranked what I thought would be the 10 top-grossing movies of the summer from Memorial Day until September for my friend's annual summer movie pool.

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And so, as May flowers turn to … I don't know, June powers? Sours? Cowhers? It's clearly time for another ten lists … of 10. I asked the folks that follow me on Twitter (as @MatthewBerryTMR) for some suggestions, added a few of my own and here we are. At any point, if you see a number in parentheses, that's the player's ownership percentage in ESPN standard leagues and is, you know, a hint as to what you should be checking next..

List 1: Ten starting pitchers I like less than Stephen Strasburg for the rest of the season

1. Ricky Romero, Blue Jays
2. Roy Oswalt, Astros
3. Jeff Niemann, Rays
4. James Shields, Rays
5. Ryan Dempster, Cubs
6. A.J. Burnett, Yankees
7. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
8. John Danks, White Sox
9. Colby Lewis, Rangers
10. The struggling big-name stars: John Lackey, Javier Vazquez, Jake Peavy and Wandy Rodriguez.

List 2: Ten interesting May stats, offense

as suggested by @pkalinauskas

1. Angel Pagan, OF, Mets (37 percent): .333 with 3 home runs, 13 RBIs, 19 runs, 7 steals.
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B, Twins (77 percent): Tied for seventh in runs scored, hit .308.
3. Jonny Gomes, OF, Reds (64 percent): .364 with 5 home runs and 22 RBIs.
4. Cristian Guzman, 2B/SS, Nationals (43 percent): .381 in 84 at-bats.
5. Troy Glaus, 1B/3B, Braves (58 percent): 28 RBIs (leading the NL), hit .330
6. Mike Napoli, C, Angels (60 percent): 8 home runs, .298
7. Corey Hart, OF, Brewers (88 percent): 10 home runs, tied for second-most in majors.
8. Rod Barajas, C, Mets (71 percent): 6 home runs, 19 RBIs, .304.
9. Drew Stubbs, OF, Reds (25 percent): 5 home runs, 18 RBIs, 4 steals, .273.
10. Seth Smith, OF, Rockies (7 percent): 18 runs scored, 4 home runs, 10 RBIs, .299.

List 3: Ten guys I'm trading at the peak of their value

suggested by too many to list

Jason Heyward
Scott Wachter/Icon SMIJason Heyward, who is having a rookie season for the ages, could get a crack at Stephen Strasburg when the Nationals visit Atlanta June 28-30th. What? Isn't everything about Stephen Strasburg?

1. Justin Morneau: Unsustainable batting average on balls in play, currently .430
2. Vladimir Guerrero: On pace for 145 RBIs and 162 games played.
3. David Ortiz: Even if the power remains, the average won't.
4. Nick Swisher: A career .249 hitter. Props on his fiancée, though.
5. Jason Heyward: On pace for 33 and 120. He's 20. Since 1920, the first year they started keeping track of RBIs, only four players have gone 30/100 in a season they began as a 20-year-old. Four. Miguel Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Ted Williams, Mel Ott. Maybe he's No. 5. But maybe he's not. Thanks to ESPN researcher Keith Hawkins for that one.
6. Austin Jackson: As you read this, he's just whiffed twice.
7. Shaun Marcum: 5 of his 10 AL starts have come against teams in the lower half of runs scored. Has yet to face Rays or Yankees. I like him, but he's not this good.
8. Clayton Kershaw: Leads the NL in walks. That'll come back to hurt him.
9. Matt Cain: Good pitcher who is getting lucky, not a great pitcher.
10. Jason Bay: I don't think the power is coming, and the average and speed will drop.

List 4: The 10 top-grossing movies of the summer

Every year, I do this movie pool. The goal is simple. Pick the ten highest-grossing movies of the summer with movies that open Memorial Day weekend or after (so "Shrek Forever After," "Iron Man 2," Sex and the City 2," etc. are ineligible) until Labor Day. Most box-office wins, and you get a $5 million bonus added to your box-office total for every movie you pick in the correct order. To win, you gotta take a few gambles, which I've done. Anyway, here's my list, with predicted highest-grossing at top.

1. "Toy Story 3"
2. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
3. "Knight and Day"
4. "Inception"
5. "The A-Team"
6. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
7. "Grown Ups"
8. "The Other Guys"
9. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
10. "The Karate Kid"

List 5: Ten guys I'm buying low on

Suggested by many as well, but @cnkellem and @Ben_Krum were among the first

1. Adam Lind, OF, Blue Jays
2. Aaron Hill, 2B, Blue Jays
3. Carlos Pena, 1B, Rays
4. Hideki Matsui, DH, Angels
5. Carlos Lee, OF, Astros
6. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Red Sox
7. Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Cubs
8. Jose Lopez, 2B, Mariners
9. Cole Hamels, P, Phillies
10. Felix Hernandez, P, Mariners

List 6: Ten interesting May pitching stats

1. Ervin Santana, SP, Angels (66 percent): Tied for 9th in strikeouts (40), went 4-1 with a 2.53 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
2. Felipe Paulino, SP, Astros (0.2 percent): No wins, but 39 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings, a 3.82 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
3. Anibal Sanchez, SP, Marlins (35 percent): 4-0, 1.93 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. We've been screaming his name on the podcast for a few weeks now.
4. Gio Gonzalez, SP, A's (22 percent): Was in last week's blind résumés. 3-2, 3.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 33 strikeouts in 39 innings.
5. Jeremy Bonderman, SP, Tigers (16 percent): 1.33 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 27 innings.
6. John Ely, SP, Dodgers (51 percent): 28 strikeouts to 3 walks in 33 innings. Three walks. Three. Also had a 2.18 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.
7. Brett Myers, SP, Astros (5 percent): A 2.65 ERA in 34 innings.
8. Randy Wolf was tied for the major league lead in walks issued in May with … Tim Lincecum.
9. No one allowed more home runs than Dan Haren, with 10.
10. The guy with the second-most allowed home runs in May, with nine? CC Sabathia.

List 7: In addition to his otherworldly pitching skills, 10 more amazing Stephen Strasburg facts

1. NASA set to announce new scientific studies prove Stephen Strasburg is actual center of universe.

2. If you drink an ounce of Stephen Strasburg's blood, you will live forever.

3. Once rescued six hostages during a bank robbery with nothing more than an ink blotter and a backdoor slider.

4. You search Google for answers. Google asks Stephen Strasburg.

5. When you walk through the pearly gates to heaven, you pass by a Stephen Strasburg Fathead.

6. You've heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.

7. Possesses the ability to cure cancer with just a touch and the moral compass not to use his gift to play God.

8. Traveled through time to the year 3010, fought evil robot kings and saved the human race again

9. Once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Reno laws quickly rewritten to allow.

10. Turned one loaf of bread and an 8-pack of weiners into hot dogs for an entire stadium.

List 8: Ten guys currently owned in at least 50 percent of ESPN leagues (10 team, non-keeper) but that should be dropped

Suggested by @farazabbasil112, @ashleymwells, @jasonfingerman and @tan_gerine19

Todd Helton
William Purnell/Icon SMITodd Helton has 2,175 career hits and 326 career home runs, but none of them have ever come against Stephen Strasburg. Just saying.

1. Russell Martin, C, Dodgers (89 percent): and …
2. Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals (91 percent): Rather have Buster Posey or Mike Napoli, among others, than either of those two.
3. Todd Helton, 1B, Rockies (51 percent): Remember when he was Todd Helton?
4. Brian Roberts, 2B, Orioles (62 percent): He'll still be on the waiver wire in a month when he comes back, if you really miss him.
5. Chone Figgins, 2B/3B, Mariners (84 percent): At what price speed?
6. Miguel Tejada, SS/3B, Orioles (78 percent): Is it the lack of power or the low average you're hanging on to?
7. Grady Sizemore, OF, Indians (66 percent): Seriously. How many dreams do you have left to crush?
8. Wandy Rodriguez, SP, Astros (52 percent): This hurts me most of all.
9. Jake Peavy, SP, White Sox (84 percent): Gonna take a lot for me to trust him in my starting lineup. And at that point, he's just taking up bench space.
10. Rich Harden, SP, Rangers (63 percent): Remember when he was Todd Helton? Wait. That's not right. Hang on …

List 9: Ten cool stats

Tip of the hat to the folks at ESPN Stats & Information who came up with some of these

1. With Koyie Hill as his catcher, Carlos Silva has a 1.42 ERA in four starts with a 20-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 1/3 innings. With Geovany Soto, he has 4.33 ERA and a 22/10 K-to-walk ratio in 35 1/3 innings.

2. With his five walks Monday, Tim Lincecum became the first pitcher since Dontrelle Willis in 2008 to walk at least five hitters in four consecutive starts.

3. From the Elias Sports Bureau: Jaime Garcia's 1.32 ERA is the lowest for an NL rookie through his first 10 starts of a season since Fernando Valenzuela had a 1.24 ERA in 1981. Valenzuela won the Cy Young that year as the Dodgers won the World Series.

4. Javier Vazquez is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his past four starts.

5. More from the Elias Sports Bureau: Scott Rolen (85 percent) has 13 home runs. That matches the most home runs he has ever hit in his first 48 games of a season; Rolen had 13 home runs in his first 48 games in 2000. His final numbers that year: 26 home runs, 89 RBIs, .298 and 8 steals).

6. In his first four home starts this year, Kyle Davies (1 percent) has a 2.35 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and an 18-to-5 strikeout-to-walk rate in 23 innings. (The fifth didn't go quite so well.)

7. In four home starts, Ian Kennedy (30 percent) has a 2.57 ERA, an 0.86 WHIP and a 26-to-5 strikeout-to-walk rate in 28 innings.

8. In 2009, Max Scherzer's fastball velocity averaged 93.6. This year, before being sent down to the minors, it averaged 91.8. After adjusting his mechanics in the minors, it averaged 94.5 in his start against the A's on Sunday, including hitting 98.7 on his second-to-last pitch.

9. Dallas Braden (63 percent) at home: 3-2, 2.14 ERA, 27-to-4 strikeout to walk in 42 innings. Away: 1-3, 5.79 ERA, 17-to-8 strikeout to walk in 28 innings.

10. Since April 25, which is around when Andres Torres (10 percent) started getting regular playing time, only 12 players have more steals than his eight. He is hitting .319 with 20 runs scored since then, plus three home runs and 13 RBIs.

List 10: Ten excuses Celtics fans will use if they lose to the Lakers

Suggested by @AmandaRykoff, also known as "Company Woman Amanda" from the podcast

1. Kobe got all the calls. And his fingers weren't hurt enough. Or his toes. I don't know. Kobe sucks.

2. Rondo was banged up, and everyone knows you can't win a championship with three future Hall of Famers if your fourth-year point guard has muscle spasms.

3. The Lakers stole Gasol! Rip-off trades should only happen when a beloved former power forward becomes the GM of another team.

4. Simmons jinxed us.

5. The tech/ejection/suspension on Rasheed/ KG/Perkins is because the refs are out to get them, not because they're crazy and/or jerks who have complained about every call ever. (Not gonna lie -- Artest doesn't do well in this category either. But at least we only got one crazy).

6. If we aren't going to get a 38-to-10 free throw advantage like we did in Game 2 of 2008, how does anyone ever expect us to win?

7. Wait, they're still playing? I jumped off the bandwagon last year. OK, I'm back! I never bailed! Celtics forever! What? They lost? Why does this always happen to me?

8. Fisher is a dirty player. That's KG's move!

9. Gasol flops too much. That's KG's move!

10. Pierce got confused on which injury to fake.

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