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April 15, 2004
BASEBALL: Shooting Blancos

What on earth has got into Henry Blanco? The Twins looked to be in a tight spot indeed when, opening the season after dealing A.J. Pierzynski to the Giants, they lost Joe Mauer and Matt LeCroy to injuries, leaving the weak-hitting Blanco as the Twinkies' everyday catcher. This is a guy who's never slugged .400 or batted higher than .236 in five major league seasons; his career high OBP was .320, and that came in Coors Field.

So what does he go and do? Through 7 games including tonight's explosion, Blanco has cracked 3 doubles and 3 homers and drawn 5 walks for a Ruthian .364/.909/.500 line. My first instinct is to point out that, even in such a small sample size, patience pays off; Blanco's been seeing almost an extra pitch per at bat compared to the past two years; the result is both a higher walk rate and the power that comes from seeing good pitches. The more obvious answer, other than the fact that anybody can have 4 good games (Blanco opened the season 0 for his first three starts), may be some of the same thing that helped Orlando Husdon's spike in seeing pitches: the Tigers. Blanco's faced nobody but Detroit and Cleveland.

Sometimes, a hot streak is just a soft spot in the schedule.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:02 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


You mean a detailed in depth analysis can be sumed up by "Detroit and Cleveland"

Granted the extra pitch per at bat may just be because the Detroit and Cleveland pitcher can't get it close enough to the zone for even Blanco to swing at it. :)

Posted by: Rob M at April 15, 2004 8:18 AM
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