Baseball Crank
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April 17, 2003
BASEBALL: What's Ains Worth?

The Law of Competitive Balance teaches us one thing: champions can't repeat without improving. A team that wins in one year will inevitably be dragged back to the pack by players aging, having off years, getting hurt; to counter that, you have to move aggressively to upgrade your weak spots. That's why Kurt Ainsworth, who has shot to a 3-0 start, is so important to the Giants. As I've said before, if Barry Bonds turns back into his old pre-2001 self, superstar though he was, the Giants are in huge trouble.

Ainsworth hasn't been perfect, of course; he's been tagged for 4 homers in 19 IP, which if it keeps up will be enough almost by itself to keep his ERA around 4.

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