George_Foreman wrote:tejada or (uh oh...) paul konerko for me. i actually think i'd go with konerko because no one outside of him has clearly stepped up for the chicago offense which has been missing one of its most productive bats in magglio ordonez all year. their success has been amazing, and while tejada pushing the orioles to the top of the AL east has been impressive, he's had the help of a crazy start from roberts.
whats more, konerko's numbers are hardly worse than tejada's: 19 hrs vs. 19 hrs. and 60 rbi vs. 53 for konerko. moreover, without konerko, chicago would have had a big bat in their lineup: maggs has been out, rowand has been disappointing (well, until recently), and the big hurt has been more hurt" than "big".
the white sox are running away with what many thought would be a hotly contested division, and paul konerko has a lot to do with that. he gets my vote.
and may i ask my friend, what is konerko's BA?
I'm going with tejada. he is just a flat out stud. he performs in the clutch, puts up big numbers, and is the undisputed leader of a surprise team in a very tough division.
i'm confused. tejada's numbers are only marginally better than konerko's this year (well, looking at OBP rather than BA, anyways), and no one even blinks when he's included. i would argue that konerko's contribution to the chicago lineup has been just as if not more essentially to the success of the chicago lineup than tejada's has to baltimore's. moreover, who else on chicago has been hitting? i can't think of a player on that team out side of konerko and iguchi who isn't underperforming. he's carrying that offense....
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