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Postby squirtle » Sun Mar 13, 2005 8:09 am

the guy is doing well this spring and had a good year last year...what do you all think of him? is he a good fifth of? would you take him over someone like trot nixon?
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Postby JTWood » Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:29 am

I picked him up off of the WW at the end of last season, and I noticed that he's pretty streaky. Take a look at his month-by-month numbers:

Mth - Avg - OPS
Apr - .250 - .719
May - .224 - .773
Jun - .330 - .972
Jul - .257 - .770
Aug - .291 - .975
Sep - .267 - .834

He had an 9-game hitting streak in April where he had only one home run. He had a two-week period on June where he went 21-for-62 with 5 HRs, but he still struck out 18 times in there, too. Then there was July where he had 7 and 6-game hitting streaks but still only batted .257 for the month, due in large part to the fact that he struck 24 more times.

I think most people are drafting him based on his August and September numbers. But if you look at those numbers, his power dropped off in September when he only had 4 HRs (compared to 7 in Aug and Jul). Four homers don't make 22 Ks worth it for me. He needs to have a year of Augusts to make him a better fantasy player. Of course, a year of Junes would be gravy, but let's be more realistic.

I like the guy and his forthcoming dual eligibility, but the streakiness and Ks make him either boom or bust. If you see him get a couple of good hits, throw him in your lineup because you could get a few more hits out of the guy. Watch out for the Ks, though, particularly if you're in a league where they matter a lot.

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Postby raiders_umpire » Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:04 am

i like blake as a later round option for backup 3b and backup OF... he is real streaky and if u play him then, he will give u some great numbers......
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:17 am

I also like him as a backup UTIL guy. He'll play 3rd and OF for you, he has some nice power, but he is a bit streaky. Hes young on an improving team, so he should get better though.
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Postby dave4ster » Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:14 pm

Is Blake a upgrade over Cuddyer at 3B if I have to trade one of my OF/BN players to get him?
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:17 pm

I'd take Nixon over him but he does make a nice backup/bench player.
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Postby dave4ster » Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:25 pm

What Nixon plays 3B?

If you are talking about Trot Nixon RF for the Sox, I am hearing he is going to split time with Payton.
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Postby stumpak » Sun Mar 13, 2005 5:36 pm

To me it is a toss-up between Blake and Cuddyer at 3B.
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