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Schulte has a much heavier batting
average on the year than Chappell,
but the latter was away to a poor
start and is just beginning to come.
In the last threeweeks he has hit
on a par with the Cub. Schulte has
the edge on fielding and excels in
the baserunning department.
In center there is no question of
Cub superiority. In a word, T. Leach
has the class and is Bodie's peer at
every angle of the game. There is
not a finer fielder in the business
than Little Tom. He will get baljs
that Bodie can't come close to. He is
batting about 25 points ahead of the
fence buster and can run bases in a
way to make Ping look like a cigar
store Indian. Leach is the brighter
man in baseball lore.
Right field offers a closer fight than
any of the outpost positions, Collins
and Wilbur Good contending for the
honors. Shano is not batting up to
his standards this season, clouting
for the lowly mark of .237. Good is
even lower than this, but the test is
. not fair, as the Cub has played hi
few games. He was used principally
' as a pinch hitter early in the season,
and did not get enough work'to per-
" feet his eye. Collins should outbat
Good, though he will have trouble
, with the curve ball pitching of
Cheney and Humphries, especially
the latter. There is little to choose
between them as fielders and they
are about a match on the bases.
- For utility men Evers has Wil
- liams, and Callahan will rely on Jack
Fournier. Both are clouters and li
, able to break up a game at any time.
If they are not played in the field,
they certainly will be used as pinch
hitters. At present Fournier is the
r better ballplayer of the two.
; ' Between the strength of the. Giant
e and Mack outfields there is even less
I difference than Gubs and Sox. What
McGraw's men lack in some depart
ments they make up in others,
r Burns and CTdring are rivals in left,
, amLchoosing the better man is prac-iigaUy-imposslble
The Mackmaa has
a shade for batting honors, but Burns
is hitting .275, no mean percentage.
He is a better baserunner than the
Rube, and one of the best fielding
outer sentinels developed in the last
couple of seasons. He captures all
kinds of flies, and has a crack whip,
preventing runners advancing very
far on base hits. On their present
form one man is as good as the other.
Snodgrass will be McGraw's center
fielder, but Mack is undecided on that
spot. He has Walsh, Strunk and
Daley, anyone of whom is a good
man. Snodgrass is not a wonderful
fielder, he often misjudges fly balls
and frequently plays grounders poor
ly, allowing an extra base. He is a
batting enigma. For a couple of
weeks lie is helpless before ahy kin$
in pivvumg. wuuout warning ne
switches and clouts the same brand
of pitching to all corners of the lot.
-Hfs showing in the world's series is
Walsh or Strunk will probably do
the center fielding for Connie. Jimmy
is on a batting spree, and a hang
over may not overtake him before
Oct. 7. Strunk is also a stout wallop
er, one of the fastest men in the
game and a'star fielder. He has been
with the Athletics for several sea
sons, though a youngster. He under
stands the Mack system of play per
fectly. Right field is about as well taken
care of a any manager :ould wish.
Red Murray of the Giants is 'one of
the game's bright spots, a veteran
and up to all the tricks of the trade.
Eddie Murphy is seeing his first year
in the big tent, but is not overshad
owed by any means when placed
beside Murray. jo
Murphy is the better batter and i
baserunner, though the margin of
superiority is almight small. Murray
is the extra-base hitter of the two,
and is more liable to drive a man
in from first base than his competitor.
In fielding it is all Murray. Red is as.
good -as there is in, either league."
His, arm is more: deadly, than that of