kcs261 wrote:Perhaps he doesn't have adequate protection in that lineup and he is trying to make things happen by swinging at pitches he shouldn't be swinging at? I don't know. I don't get Angels' games in St. Louis. That said, Tim Salmon hitting behind him doesn't seen intimidating. Anyway, that's why I started this thread: to find out why? The info about his cousins is something I didn't know about. Thanks you. Any other explanations would be appreciated. I don't buy it's only April talk just because it's April. I get that it's April, but 100 ABs is 100 ABs.
1. No WBC/unusual spring training...due to the death of his cousins among other things.
2. The death of his cousins.
3. Protection. Who besides Vlad, and Garrett "100-years-old" Anderson does a pitcher have to fear in that lineup? Maybe Figgins? Who fears a guy whose name sounds like a hobbit? But he is a good table setter. Eckstein gone. Davannon gone. Rally Monkey gone. Isn't Cotchman starting off slow too? They are sorta like the AL's version of the Cardinals. Subtracting offensive pieces and not adding anything significant. If they had gotten Manny...we would not be having this discussion.
I would be happy to have a guy with Vlad's stats despite these issues...
I owned Vlad last season. He provdes steady points. He might explode for only two weeks out of the season....but he is Vlad, not Pujols.