Just curious why Beltran, Pujols, A-ROD, et. al. get more media attention, fan attention, and most especially, fantasy attention, while Justin Morneau seems to be one of the best fantasy players to have this season.
Remember he went through an ICE ICE COLD 1.5 month stretch? Look at his overall numbers and imagine if (perhaps next year) that 1.5 month cold stretch disappeared and he was producing what he has been. He would be a top 5 player this year.
And, this is no fluke. The "experts" predicted Morneau to hit 40+ or so HR's - but then never expected the .300+ average.
I'd choose him over Tex in a keeper. But still, he is underappreciated today.
That's true, he did have some freak injuries last year. But he was beaned in the head which kinda made him trigger-shy all season, and the bone chips in his elbow has subsided. Also, 1B is an easier position to fill, I guess. But it's not like he is a seasoned veteran. This is his third season (2nd full year), and he was born in 1981.
His prime will be coming in 2 - 3 years from now. If he stays healthy, and bats cleanup, can you imagine the potential?
My Bad - this is his 4th season (in his second season, in 280 AB's, 19 HR's).
Pogotheostrich wrote:Morneau has been great but I wouldn't overlook that cold streak. He seems to be a very hot and cold hitter.
Well, this is one heck of a long hot streak. He's raised his batting average nearly 120 points since May 8th. He had a bad start to the season, same as the Twins, but yet another dong tonight taking him to 28 on the season plus his 86 RBIs firmly entrenches him in first round status for next year in a decent size league. Currently 13th in HRs and 5th in RBIs across the majors, and all this with a .320 BA.