I obviously like the guy's average. But only having 6 HRs this late into the year is a little concerning. At this pace, the guy won't even hit 20 HR. That's really hard to believe, but he should have started launching some by now. Anybody have any info or any incite here?
He has been hitting a ton of line drive doubles. I don't know if he changed his swing or anything, but it's not like he isnt able to hit the ball. I think the power will come at some point this year and he will get to 20 hrs, but not much more than that.
I'm surprised no one has jumped in and claimed he was on steroids yet.
Anyway....With the exception of his 2005 season, he has never topped 32 HR. Settles in as more of a 20-25 HR guy.
This year he does have more than 25 doubles I think, so he is showing he still has gap to gap power...but I think we may have to come to accept Derrek Lee as the bulkiest singles hitter in baseball right now.
Explain to me why someone would accuse Lee, who missed pretty much a season due to a wrist injury, of taking steroids. Anyone who thought that he was going to bomb 45 again was out of their mind. Even Derrek has said that his lack of homers is frustrating him, and right now he probably is pressing a little bit trying to hit some, and as a lot of baseball players say, you hit home runs when you aren't really trying to hit one.
Also, no one pitches lee inside anymore...its all away away away.
I'm not sure that Mark Teixeira had many more than 6 at this point last year and he ended up turning it around and hitting 33. I'm not saying Lee will do that, but in light of his sick BA and high number of doubles, I'd say he's still a lock for 20 and I'm not counting out 30, something in the low to mid 20s ia my guess.
His ratios (GB%, IF/F, LD%) are right in line with his career numbers. In the broadcast the other night it was mentioned that teams have not been pitching to him and this is the key, I think. He does have a .384 BA with RISP but only 41 RBIs to show for it, meaning a lot of times bases are empty when he gets to the plate. A-Ram behind him has been good this season, yet also missed quite some games due to injury, but the 5-6-7-hitters have been atrocious all year. So teams are able to pitch around him quite a bit. Maybe the Cubs should try any combination of Fontenot/Pie/Pagan/Theriot at 1-2 and then Soriano - Lee - Ramirez at the heart of the order. Definitely would give the big guys a lot more protection