WittyC wrote:How quickly we forget the past...
Blalock actually hit lefties better than righties for average in '04 (.282 to .273), so he has done it in the past.
I would bet the farm that he'll be practicing against a lot of southpaws in the offseason to eliminate whatever hole he developed against them this year.
Expecting him in the same class as A-Rod, M-Cab, A-Ram or Wright would be silly, but I think he'll be back in the top-10 easy in '06.
Maybe he is a "fraud" for playing at Ameriquest, but for fantasy purposes, what is better than a guy who has predictable splits? Grab Blalock in the fourth round and Atkins much later and rotate for home field.
And, if you had read Baseball Prospectus, you would have known that one year fluctuations in BA splits happen all the time and are a remarkably unreliable guide.
I'd be far more worried about his road splits than I would about his lefty splits. Outside of Coors Southwestern branch, he's not very good.
I have to argue that a sample size of 1,985 at bats, 624 of which had a miniscule L/R disparity, is far too small to infer a trend with fluctuations.
Even if he does turn out to be a righty-hitting specialist, he'll still have a spot on the roster. He'll lose AB's, but just like Trot Nixon, he's a great matchup player for fantasy purposes.
And I have to reiterate, that ballpark advantage is irrelavant for a fantasy discussion unless Blalock gets dealt. I mean, Teixiera hit 64 points better this year at home, but I don't see anyone pointing a finger at him.