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Postby mcmahojl » Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:09 am

Is anyone else thinking like this? With his pace, he could be a superstar this year. Him and Blalock are absolute studs in my opinion, if they could only get that average up a bit closer to .300.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:36 pm

He was pretty darn good last year!! I would like to get him VERY much. Not much else to say than that about him but I'd rate him as highly as any 1B other than Big Al...
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Postby superotto80 » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:39 pm

This is the year for Tex and Blalock.....both will have 35+ HR's(tex will have 40+). tex will hit .300, blalock around .280-.285. Your right they are both monsters.

I might be a tad bit biased though since i have both on my team(keeper league) ;-D
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Postby Mugrila » Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:31 pm

i too have both blalock and tex on my keeper team and i'm expecting a great year from both. tex put up above average numbers last year and i expect them to continue to rise this year.
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Postby wkelly91 » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:02 pm

Tex will break out in a big way....Beltre lite type of season 8-o
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Postby Secret Avatar » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:30 pm

I like Tex as much as the next guy, but I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and come back to reality. The hype, hopes, and dreams have far exceeded any semblence of reality. Let's look at the actual numbers.

Tex posted 281-101-38-112 last year. Good numbers, to be sure, but nothing spectacular for a slugger. He was ranked 44th overall last year in espn's 5x5. (Note that this refers to ACTUAL RANKINGS for 2004, based on actual 2004 numbers, using the same 5x5 calculus that determined their fantasy value last year on a given team. These are not projections.) Barely ahead of Rollins. Yahoo had him ranked 50-something in 5x5. In fact, Tex was not even in the top 3 1Bs last year. Pujols, Helton, and Ortiz were considerably ahead of him, and he was not far ahead of Hafner and Sean Casey. Some other big sluggers at 1B, such as Delgado, were injured or had down years last year, or Tex might not have even been in the top 5 at 1B.

Let's put down the hype bong and look at Tex's numbers from 2004. He batted only 300 or more twice in 6 months. He batted 238 or less twice in the same six months (212 in May and 238 in September). Note that he ended the season with the rasberry 238 in September, so all this I hear about a "big slump" at the beginning of the year is misleading. He had a "big slump" at the end of the year too, apparently. So he "slumped" for 3 out of six months? How is that any different than having just 3 good months?

Let's look at his home/away splits. In 2004, he hit 298-18-64-49 at home but only 264-20-48-52 in a few more at-bats on the road. For his career, he's hit 298-37-130-100 in Arlington but an abyssmal 242-27-66-67 on the road. I find it hard to believe he'll improve his BA much beyond 280 with those sort of away numbers.

Let's also look at his HR totals. Other than a huge power spike in a single month (13-30 in July) his HR and RBI totals were considerably more pedestrian. Other than 13-30 in July, he never hit more than 7 in a month, and he hit 2, 3, and 5 HR in three months. So, if you take out that strange spike in power in July, you are left with 32-105 or so. A huge difference.

Please don't tell me he was hurt at the beginning of the year and blah, blah, blah. Injuries are a part of the game, and any time a player supposedly spends two months nursing an injury, that sends up some flags for me. It usually does for every other player as well, but somehow Tex gets a pass. Plus, he posted a pitiful 238 BA in September. Was he hurt then too? If so, I think the term "injury prone" applies. If not, then maybe you have to look at his better months with a little more skepticism.

We also have to look at his performance in 2003, which is much more in line with his so-called "slump" months in 2004 than with his better months.

And finally, to put things further in perspective, let's look at some of the players who finished AHEAD of Tex in 2004. There's Mora (20), Drew (31), Damon (32), Berkman (34), Young (35), and -- believe it or not -- Pavano (26). Where are these guys going in the draft? Drew and Damon will be lucky if they get drafted in the 7th or 8th. Pavano? He's not even in the top 100 in a lot of draft lists. And yet, every single one of them posted better numbers than Tex in 2004.

And Young? He's also very young, plays on the same great line-up as Tex, plays at a MUCH thinner position than Tex, finished considerably ahead of Tex in the rankings last year, and therefor in any rational draft he should be picked much EARLIER than Tex, no? So why then is he falling 2 or 3 rounds deeper into the draft? Why, pray tell? One word: HYPE.

Obviously, everyone is entitled to their own valuation of players. That's what makes fantasy baseball so fun and challenging. Personally, I think Tex is a hot player and expect big things from him. But the hype has exceeded the reality, IMO.
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Postby stumpak » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:45 pm

THe Tex detractors always conveniently leave up that he spent time on the DL. Plus up his 04 numbers by 10% to reflect what probably would have opened absent the injury and they look all the better.
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Postby Registered_Guest » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:52 pm

#2 1B next to Pujols ;-D

Have Mora, have Damon, have Pavano and the others. Who would you rather have fail?? I'd rather be wrong myself with Teixeira than to watch 3 schmucks I don't want to own in the 1st place fail
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:55 pm

Registered_Guest wrote:#2 1B next to Pujols ;-D

8-o Over Helton? He is good but not that good yet.
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Postby Woolly » Fri Mar 04, 2005 3:57 pm

Secret Avatar wrote:I like Tex as much as the next guy, but I think everyone needs to take a deep breath and come back to reality. The hype, hopes, and dreams have far exceeded any semblence of reality. Let's look at the actual numbers...


good post. I keep wondering why Teix is going so high in drafts myself.
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