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ohiosoxfan
04-22-2010, 12:01 PM
It seems as if there are many more than usual good hitters NOT hitting a lick this spring than normal. From Texeira, Ortiz, Sizemore, Drew, etc., it's not that they are struggling, but they are BEYOND pathetic (including some members of our Chisox) with averages of around .100 with no homers, 2 RBI, etc. You always have some guys slow out of the gate, but not to this magnitude, and not at these levels. What could be the reason? Could it be that the strength enhancements are finally filtering out of the game?

Craig Grebeck
04-22-2010, 12:15 PM
It seems as if there are many more than usual good hitters NOT hitting a lick this spring than normal. From Texeira, Ortiz, Sizemore, Drew, etc., it's not that they are struggling, but they are BEYOND pathetic (including some members of our Chisox) with averages of around .100 with no homers, 2 RBI, etc. You always have some guys slow out of the gate, but not to this magnitude, and not at these levels. What could be the reason? Could it be that the strength enhancements are finally filtering out of the game?
I'm not sure it doesn't happen at these levels every year. Also, other than Teixeira, are any of those guys surefire elite hitters? Drew has been great the last two seasons, and I'll believe he'll be alright, but he's had slow starts/disappointing seasons before.

ohiosoxfan
04-22-2010, 12:19 PM
There are many more than I listed previously. Go to MLB.com and start at .200 and go down the list. Carlos Lee, Adam Jones, Peralta, on and on. It just seems so much deeper than past years.

Craig Grebeck
04-22-2010, 12:21 PM
There are many more than I listed previously. Go to MLB.com and start at .200 and go down the list. Carlos Lee, Adam Jones, Peralta, on and on. It just seems so much deeper than past years.
But are those guys really big name hitters?

ohiosoxfan
04-22-2010, 12:23 PM
It depends what you call big name, they certainly have had many solid years recently, All-Star seasons, hitting close to or over .300 with 30 HR, 100 RBI, etc. The depths that so many of these guys are at seems like something we haven't seen for a long time.

Craig Grebeck
04-22-2010, 12:25 PM
It depends what you call big name, they certainly have had many solid years recently, All-Star seasons, hitting close to or over .300 with 30 HR, 100 RBI, etc. The depths that so many of these guys are at seems like something we haven't seen for a long time.
Yeah, but, you know, prove what you're saying. We're talking fifteen games here. If you're going to throw this out there, do some research: show me what guys did last year, what they did the year before that, etc.

soxfanatlanta
04-22-2010, 12:53 PM
Teixeira has always started the season off slow.

ohiosoxfan
04-22-2010, 12:53 PM
Sorry, I wanted to put this out there for discussion, to see what others might think. I don't think I stated that this was a fact. To answer your question about last year, two years ago- just looked up a few guys:

JD Drew - after 15 games in '09: .255, 3 HR, 8 RBI. '08: .321, 3 HR, 12 RBI.

Carlos Lee - '09: .283, 3 HR, 10 RBI. '08: .283, 3 HR, 6 RBI.

Mark Teixeira - '09: .218, 3 HR, 10 RBI. '08: .203, 3 HR, 8 RBI.

Sorry I don't have time to look up others at this time.

Vestigio
04-22-2010, 01:49 PM
Half of my starting fantasy team is hitting like crap. Fielder, J.Upton, Sizemore, Ibanez, Martinez. My best hitter right now is Dan freaking Uggla. I hoping the weather warms up fast.

Tannerfan
04-22-2010, 02:05 PM
Better pitching? Cleaner urine?

soxrme
04-22-2010, 02:11 PM
Betting on the cleaner urine thing.

JohnTucker0814
04-22-2010, 02:54 PM
Betting on the cleaner urine thing.

People act like they just started testing for steroids this year. They've been testing for a several years now, so I doubt there are any guys that were roiding last year and all of a sudden aren't this year. That's a lame excuse!

TheCommander
04-23-2010, 05:40 PM
It's all Greg Walker's fault!

Railsplitter
04-24-2010, 10:07 AM
April stats are always skewded, good or bad.

Rdy2PlayBall
04-24-2010, 11:55 AM
April stats are always skewded, good or bad.Except this man.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suzukic01.shtml
He is the most consistent baseball player on the planet. It's ridiculous.

guillensdisciple
04-24-2010, 02:02 PM
Except this man.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suzukic01.shtml
He is the most consistent baseball player on the planet. It's ridiculous.


Imagine his numbers if he started in the majors at 22.