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Derrek Lee's lack of HRs? What to make of it?

Postby kcs261 » Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:40 pm

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?
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Re: Derrek Lee's lack of HRs? What to make of it?

Postby Shadow of the Sun* » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:09 pm

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.
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Postby Danger » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:35 pm

I would like to know as well. Spent a high draft pick on him expecting him to have a big comeback season but aside from his BA, his other numbers are far from anything special.
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Postby dclark0699 » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:42 pm

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.
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Postby Yoda » Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:14 am

Wrist injury... you do not want one of your hitters coming off a wrist injury... This year alone, look at Weeks, Delgado, Lee....
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Re: Derrek Lee's lack of HRs? What to make of it?

Postby BigZ38 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:36 am

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.
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Re: Derrek Lee's lack of HRs? What to make of it?

Postby kcs261 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:08 am

45 Hrs, hey, I didn't expect it. But 30? Sure...
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Postby CBMGreatOne » Wed Jul 04, 2007 2:20 am

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.
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Re: Derrek Lee's lack of HRs? What to make of it?

Postby tf77 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:26 am

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
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Postby dclark0699 » Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:36 pm

BigZ38 wrote:Explain to me why someone would accuse Lee, who missed pretty much a season due to a wrist injury, of taking steroids.


I only said that because of how quickly people have been to condemn other players for taking steroids after a big drop off.
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