J_Cuz wrote:This is nothing new for the invisible man in Philly.
His second half swoon last season is attributed by many to the acquisition of Ugueth Urbina his late-night partner in crime.
But with his former cohort now actually stuck in Venezuela for comitting a crime, maybe the invisible man puts up the kind of numbers that make him the stat-padding fantasy stud he is not on the baseball field.
Half-truths and bias. If by "many," you mean "Eskin," then yes.
In reality, his decline in September is attributed to lingering leg and shoulder injuries, which kept him from playing winter ball for the first time since he was 15. The sustained OBP but decline in SLG in September is evidence of that. He had a strong August, but his performance in July was a mess.
Team Venezuela in general struggled with hitting during the WBC. The total at-bats from the WBC for each player ended up being less than a week's worth of games. Anyone can have a bad week, and Team Venezuela unfortunately all had one at the same time.