Bottom line. Blalock is way too young to be written off when he has put together more good years than bad. One bad season should not label him as anything.
An OPS of 1.00 at home and .8 on the road is very different from an OPS of .900 at home and .700 on the road. That's equivalent to the difference between Paul Konerko and Shea Hillenbrand.
I don't think anybody is writing him off, but there's no doubt that his value is limited by his inability to hit lefties and his home/road splits.
acutally blalocks ops on the road this year was .611, and .895 at home.
I know. But lifetime, Blalock's splits are .927/.692, while tex's are .788 and 1.019.
And what is also forgotten in this comparison is that Tex has no lefty/righty split, while blalock has a huge lefty/righty split. So, Tx is a 1.00 hitter vs lefty and righty at home and .800 versus both on the road. He's certainly not going to kill your numbers on the road.
Blalock is .7 versus lefties at home and 1.1 versus righties.
He's .5 versus lefties on the road and .7 versus righties
So, about the only time you want to play him is versus righties at home. That's about 250 of his plate appearances.