With only a month and a half of the 2011 season remaining it's interesting to see some of the names that litter the Top 10 leader board of various stats in the National League. Take a look...
Average - Daniel Murphy/NYM, .320/4th, the man without a position. Is he a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd baseman? Wherever the Mets play him, he'll hit. Too bad his season is likely over though due to injury.
Average - Michael Morse/WAS, .319/5th (OPS- .928/8th), he's always hit in limited exposure, and now is proving he can hit with regular exposure. One of the breakout performers of 2011.
Hits - Starlin Castro/CHC, 162/1st (AVG- .309/10th), this young SS has a bright future, even if his immediate future is with the laughingstock that is the Cubs.
Homeruns - Lance Berkman/STL, 28/3rd (RBI- 77/7th, OPS- .984/1st), a couple years ago, Big Puma was a mainstay on the homerun leader board, but after last season nobody expected this level of success, especially playing mostly RF.
Stolen Bases - Cameron Maybin/SDP, 32/4th, only had 19 SB in 4 seasons heading into the year, but he's really blossomed in San Diego after falling out of favor in Florida.
OPS - Shane Victorino/PHI, .934/7th, heading into the season the Flyin' Hawaiian's career high in OPS was .803, so this truly has been a breakout for the mighty midget (only 5'9").
ERA - Ryan Vogelsong/SFG, 2.47/2nd, this is his 7th MLB season, but his first since 2006 with the Pirates. This is the biggest bargain bin signing of the offseason.
Wins - Kevin Correia/PIT, 12/7th, a big reason for the Buccos early season success.
Holds - Jose Veras/PIT, 22/6th, see above.
WHIP - Kyle Lohse/STL, 1.12/8th, last year he sported a 1.78 WHIP, so this season has be a nice rebound and surprise.
*Stats through all Thursday August, 18th.