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July 11, 2011
BASEBALL: All Hot Streakers

Looking at the All-Star lineups, it's striking how many of these guys - especially in the AL lineup - have been up and down the past few years.

AL Lineup

1: Curtis Granderson: .253/.334/.486 since 2009, including .249/.327/.453 in 2009, .247/.324/.468 in 2010.

2: Asdrubal Cabrera: .294/.346/.425 since 2009, including .276/.326/.346 in 2010.

3: Adrian Gonzalez: .304/.403/.545 since 2009, the one long-term bankable bat in the AL lineup.

4: Jose Bautista: .272 /.393/.580 since 2009, including .235/.349/.408 in 2009. Also .239/.324/.398 from 2004-08.

5: Josh Hamilton: .319/.370/.550 since 2009, including .268/.315/.426 in 2009.

6: Adrian Beltre (first All-Star lineup ever to feature two guys named Adrian?): .291/.333/.483 since 2009, including .265/.304/.379 in 2009.

7: David Ortiz: .265/.359/.512 since 2009, including .238/.332/.462 in 2009.

8: Robinson Cano: .315/.361/.525 since 2009, his breakout year, but followed a .271/.305/.410 season in 2008.

9: Alex Avila: .257/.345/.433 since 2009, including .228/.316/.340 in 2010.

NL Lineup:

1: Rickie Weeks: .272/.358/.478 since 2009; Weeks hit .234/.342/.398 in 2008 and played only 37 games in 2009.

2: Carlos Beltran: .292/.381/.482 since 2009, including .255/.341/.427 in 2010. Beltran hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2008, although he's been healthy again this year.

3: Matt Kemp: .282/.346/.494 since 2009, including .249/.310/.450 in 2010.

4: Prince Fielder: .284/.408/.545 since 2009, had a slight off year at .261/.401/.471 in 2010.

5: Brian McCann: .283/.366/.480 since 2009; has been consistent, had slight off year at .281/.349/.486 in 2009.

6: Lance Berkman: .268/.389/.497 since 2009, including .248/.368/.413 for two teams in 2010.

7: Matt Holliday .315/.396/.532 since 2009.

8: Troy Tulowitzki: .296/.369/.542 since 2009, actually having a modest off-year this season at .268/.337/.488; missed 40 games in 2010.

9: Scott Rolen: .284/.346/.460 since 2009, including .241/.276/.398 in 62 games this season - Rolen has 5 homers and 9 walks.

None of this is to say that these are unworthy All-Stars; some may be, but the larger point is how few really bankable superstars there are at present (to be fair, Miguel Cabrera is one and is stuck behind Gonzalez, and a few of the other superstars of the Pujols/A-Rod variety are hurt). It's just odd to have quite this many guys starting the All-Star Game who were seen as being on the ropes some time within the past three years.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 1:03 PM | Baseball 2011 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Kemp's a pretty good story with this. You could see the fans grinding their teeth last year every at-bat, nothing like the patience Mets fans have shown Jason Bay. I'll bet Kemp never went out last year, just stayed home and played X-Box.

Whatever works, right?

Posted by: spongeworthy at July 11, 2011 2:39 PM

Cano was runner-up RoY in '05, then followed that up with a .342 BA, good for 3d in the league, the next season. He clocked 41 doubles and swung the wood to a better OPS and OPS+ in 2006 than he did in 2009, so it's hard to justify 2009 as his "breakout year."

Posted by: Kevin Simons at July 12, 2011 7:22 PM
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