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Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby Slow Pitch » Fri May 02, 2008 11:03 pm

The man is really struggling at the dish this year. .260 is not what we are used to from this guy.

Now is there cause for concern here w/ his age & nagging injuries catching up to him or just an 'off' month for Vlad?
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby Sea Dog Fan » Fri May 02, 2008 11:27 pm

Still too early to tell, which sucks, but it's the way it goes. If he's still hitting .260 in June/July, then it's probably a sign of regression rather than a slump.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby foeplay » Fri May 02, 2008 11:37 pm

He needs to go on a diet. :-/
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby bigh0rt » Fri May 02, 2008 11:56 pm

I think it's a slow month. He should bat .310 - .320, and drive in 110 - 120. May see more regression in HR, I'd say 23 - 25. He's definitely not stealing anymore.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby jfg » Sat May 03, 2008 1:54 am

Yeah, I think the average and the RBI's and runs will still be there at the end of the year. Everything else is going to regress though... he won't be a top 10 OF at the end of the year but he'll still be a must start.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby pangbones » Sat May 03, 2008 2:06 am

He's cold. He was at .293 after the Detroit series, and I believe he hasn't had a hit since that game Sunday night!! He'll get hot, and get that avg up. But I agree that his days of hitting 30 HR's may be gone.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby moochman » Sat May 03, 2008 11:56 am

Great buy low canidate if his owner is impatient.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby Grounded Polo » Sat May 03, 2008 11:58 am

He's striking out at the highest rate of his career, even more than his rookie season. When he gets that under control, he should return to normal.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat May 03, 2008 2:16 pm

Vlad's always been a happy-go-lucky swinger at the plate, but yet he's always managed to maintain a high contact rate. I'm not saying that the K's have finally caught up to him, but it seems to me Vlad's pressing some more than usual. Normally, he's an aggressive hitter that in recent times has had him swinging at jam shots for groundballs. Once Vlad sorts that out, I think he vaults his average to .300 and 25 HR as a floor. Vlad produces in bunches and likewise the slumps can be just as torrid, as they've been for the last 3 years, but a good surge will have Vladdy back as a 30-35 HR hitter again.
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Re: Big Bad Vlad, not so bad anymore??

Postby RJ24VC15 » Sat May 03, 2008 4:44 pm

He was hitting over .290 in the middle of April. He is just slumping.
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