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April 13, 2005
BASEBALL: Power Surge

Orioles speed merchant Brian Roberts has hit four home runs already this season, one shy of his career high. I should have seen this coming. Roberts smacked 50 doubles last season, and even considering that a number of those were "leg" doubles, guys in their twenties who hit that many doubles tend to hit more home runs in following seasons (Roberts is 27). Roberts also cut his groundball/flyball ratio last season to 1.09 from 1.37 the prior year, although he's as unlikely to stick to his current pace of 0.36 G/F as he is to slug .931 for a full season. But 15-20 homers, maybe a little more than that, might not be such a big surprise.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:50 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)
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And to think, I put him on my team for stolen bases and runs scored. Everytime I see the ticker go by my heart goes all a flutter.

It just seems like we've seen this before. An Orioles lead-off hitter who explodes one year with home runs. Let's see.....ok, I can see through the haze of memory a ridiculous pair of sideburns....hmmm.

(No, I'm not accusing B-Rob of being B-Roid. Though I can't say the same for Brady Bunch.)

Posted by: Stephen at April 13, 2005 8:09 AM

Hi...
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Posted by: Jerry Bradley at April 13, 2005 7:08 PM
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