Craig Biggio went berserker during the month of June for Houston, creating about as many runs as he had created in April and May combined. In all 27 games he played in June, Biggio reached base safely at least once, and averaged just over two times reaching safely each game. His wOBA in June was .461, which skyrocketed his season wOBA from .343 to .386 over the course of the month.
He’s a durable player who bats at the top of Houston’s lineup and leads the league in plate appearances. So even though his season wOBA is “only” 11th best in the league, all those plate appearances add up to boost him to second most weighted runs created in the league, and the top number in the Expansion Division. Pretty heady stuff for a decent-fielding second baseman that can run.
AB BB H 2B 3B HR SB CS AVG OBP SLG wOBA 104 18 37 7 1 5 6 1 .356 .451 .587 .461
Ed Walsh of Chicago earned the nod for June’s pitcher of the month. Edward Augustine started five games for the pale hose, averaged over nine innings pitched per start, and allowed a 1.96 ERA for the month.
He started his month with a complete game against Baltimore’s tough offense, and allowed just one earned run. His second start turned into one of the most sensational games of the year. He started opposite Walter Johnson, and the two faced off for 13 full innings, at which point the game was still knotted at 4-4. (Chicago took the game in the 14th once the bullpens took over.) He followed that marathon with a measly nine inning complete game in which he gave up just one earned run to the monster New York offense. His fourth start was the only game he failed to finish in June. The Red Sox put up two earned runs and two unearned runs on him in six innings of work. He wrapped up his splendid month with another complete game, in which he held Houston (another good offensive team) to two runs.
Walsh’s June stats:
IP R ER HR BB SO ERA 46.0 14 10 1 13 23 1.96