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Postby kentx12 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:03 am

Will he continue his success or have a sophmore slump "hinske"
And what does everyone think his numbers will be for next year?
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Postby Area51's » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:24 am

I like to hope that he got a lot of the slump out of him in 2002 when he was jerked around. I felt that he started to tail a bit right after the break (and at the time I traded him for Santana), but then he finished strong.

So....I think he'll be fine. Its early, and who knows what the Texas line-up will look like, but a guess would be:


310/360/520 32 HR 100 RBI 3 SB

The kid is definitely talented, and he could bat in front of A-rod, if he stays.
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Postby Madison » Wed Dec 10, 2003 12:28 pm

I think he will be good again next year. He does need to learn to hit leftys a little better though. I'd say somewhere around .290-30-100. Now if Arod leaves, that could change a little. Hitting in front of Arod has some advantages. ;-)
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:08 pm

Hopefully instead of a sophomore slump, he had a "rookie" slump, based on his rookie year numbers. That Rangers lineup could look a little different next year. Which could have an effect on Blalock's performance.

I expect improvement from Blalock, and Teixeira as well. they could be quite a duo for some years to come.
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Postby yeyo44 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:46 pm

He will be ok, but the problem is not really with him...its with arod. Its always nice to have arod hit behind you. But I guess if Manny comes, it helps a bit. The key is keeping him in that # 2 hole.
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Postby shortsavage » Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:26 pm

Although A-Rod may not be in the Texas lineup next season, the aquisition of Ramirez will probably be like a 75% compensation, and I think Michael Young's lead-off skills will span a decent portion of the remaining gap (in the case that A-Rod leaves), giving Blalock more RBI chances and catalyzing steady progression in his MLB career.

Michael Young (2002)
Age: 25
Average: .262
Runs: 77
SB: 6
OBP: .308

Michael Young (2003)
Age: 26 +1 :-D
Average: .306 +.044
Runs: 106 +29
SB: 13 +7 *he stole 30 in the minors in 1999
OBP: .339 +.031

Maybe Young and Blalock are having mutualistic affects on eachother. And, perhaps they will show more strength as they continue to grow at the major league level.
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Postby LCBOY » Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:30 pm

BLaock is a potential batting champion. If he improves against lefties he will hit .340-.350. In view of his age he ceiling is high. As a hitter he could be George Brett.
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Postby Erboes » Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:16 pm

George Brett?

Going by historical norms, Blalock has a 67% chance of either bettering his production from last season by at least $5 or doing worse by at least $5. My money is on the -$5 or worse.
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Postby LCBOY » Wed Dec 10, 2003 5:02 pm

Erboes wrote:George Brett?

Going by historical norms, Blalock has a 67% chance of either bettering his production from last season by at least $5 or doing worse by at least $5. My money is on the -$5 or worse.


So, in effect, you are saying that Blalock will either be better or be worse in 2004. Thanks you for that insight. I'm sure we will all benefit from it. :-°
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Postby Erboes » Wed Dec 10, 2003 5:19 pm

Look, LCBoy, most people rely heavily on last season's numbers and that is usually a mistake. If that is obvious to you I'm proud of you, but it may not be for everyone. Of those who wagered a guess only you didn't have him about the same as last season, and since you wanted to usher him into the hall of fame already I thought that I should counter it with some reason. If you want to get smart with me that is fine, Boy, but don't expect me to take it with a smile.
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