sandman042 wrote:hopefully its ok but
i hate to say this but mauer is starting to develop as an injury prone player. he has got injured for a significant amount of time last 3 yrs.
Catchers usually play around 130 games per season. Since Mauer is in the AL, he can also DH for 10-15 games, then get another 20ish off if the team chooses. Mauer did not get hurt in 2006 or 2005. He hasn't battled injuries since 2004, when he was dealing with a surgically repaired left knee. I watch the NL so maybe Mauer was day to day a few times during those years but hardly anything significant enough to slap him with the unwarranted "injury prone" tag. Maybe I'm forgetting about something bigger but I can say that if you're basing your accusation on games played, that's extremely ignorant, and I'm satisfied with 130-140 games out of my starting catcher.
I own Mauer in a keeper myself and I found this encouraging:
Brad Evans' Weekly Rundown wrote:Reigning AL batting champ Joe Mauer pulled up lame Saturday night, suffering a significant hamstring injury – a 15-day DL stint appears likely. Prior to the injury, Mauer complained on Friday that he's dealt with "general fatigue" at the plate stemming from a previous quad injury. His confession obviously explains his lack of power at the plate this season (1 HR per 72 at-bats).
I was expecting something close to .320/20/100 this season because Mauer is such a gifted hitter and he's also too large not to hit at least 20 home runs per season. The RBIs may be generous because the Twins offense is useless and Mauer has a better chance at 100 runs with the hopeless revolving door at leadoff and second until Mauer started hitting there recently because they had no production from that slot when Mauer is clearly a #3 hitter. Alexi Castilla usually bats leadoff now and his OBP is a putrid .272.
My keeper team was rebuilding this season anyway so I can take the lumps during this season and be encouraged that his injury is causing his sudden zap of power and batting average, not he's the most overrated player ever like most people call him now. I'm just hoping that he can fully recover in the offseason and become a gifted hitter again. I also hope that the Twins sort out their mess at the top of the order so Mauer can get some RBIs.
Mauer is also killing my midseason team so this post isn't entirely bias, I entirely regret drafting him there.