Baseball Crank
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June 26, 2006
BASEBALL: This Time, With His Bat

I have to say, I would not have predicted Orlando Cabrera, of all people, to reach base safely 53 games in a row. With a .361 OBP, 22 doubles, 11 steals in 12 attempts and only 4 GIDP in more than 300 plate appearances, Cabrera's been doing all the little things to make himself a consistent offensive contributor on a team that's been starved of them.

(Speaking of shortstops and GIDP, Miguel Tejada has hit into 21 this season, a pace to easily pass Jim Rice's single-season record of 36 - Tejada could be the first man to hit into 40 double plays).

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:55 AM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I labeled the Angels "doomed" after the first 11 games this season when they had only drawn 17 walks. 'Pitcher friendly' hitters like that can never win anything.
I was wrong about Cabrera though. I wrote that batting him 2nd when Kennedy, a natural No. 2 hitter, was in the 9th hole, was stupid. But Cabrera has had to have a career year to prove me wrong.

Posted by: Walter Guest at June 26, 2006 11:03 PM
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