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New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby duckbillgates » Wed May 28, 2008 8:50 pm

The following players are on pace for 40-homer seasons (or really close):

Chase Utley
Dan Uggla
Lance Berkman
Adrian Gonzalez
Adam Dunn
Carlos Quentin
Ryan Howard
Ryan Braun
Pat Burrell
Josh Hamilton
Ryan Ludwick

Clearly, this is evidence that it is still early, but which of the above who have never done it will join the club?
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby bigh0rt » Wed May 28, 2008 8:53 pm

duckbillgates wrote:The following players are on pace for 40-homer seasons (or really close):

Chase Utley
Dan Uggla
Lance Berkman
Adrian Gonzalez
Adam Dunn
Carlos Quentin
Ryan Howard
Ryan Braun
Pat Burrell
Josh Hamilton
Ryan Ludwick

Clearly, this is evidence that it is still early, but which of the above who have never done it will join the club?

Utley is the only possibility, and I don't think he does it. Everyone else already has or isn't going to.
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby jfg » Wed May 28, 2008 8:53 pm

Quentin will come close
Braun
Hamilton will be close, I think he might do it.
Maybe Burrell.
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby duckbillgates » Wed May 28, 2008 8:59 pm

Adrian Gonzalez already has 6 HR at Petco (compared to 10 in all of 2007). I think he's actually got a shot ...
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby chase_utley26 » Wed May 28, 2008 8:59 pm

duckbillgates wrote:The following players are on pace for 40-homer seasons (or really close):

Chase Utley- Yes
Dan Uggla- No
Lance Berkman- Yes
Adrian Gonzalez- Maybe
Adam Dunn- Yes
Carlos Quentin- Maybe
Ryan Howard- Yes
Ryan Braun- Maybe
Pat Burrell- No
Josh Hamilton- Yes
Ryan Ludwick- No

Clearly, this is evidence that it is still early, but which of the above who have never done it will join the club?
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby NWSoxaholic » Wed May 28, 2008 10:50 pm

I agree with Adrian Gonzalez- I think he does it. The guy doesn't get the love he deserves because there's so many good 1B's ahead of him.
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby Another Blown Save » Wed May 28, 2008 11:02 pm

Out of the guys who haven't hit 40 HRs in a season I'd rank them

1. Hamilton
2. Braun
3. Adrian Gonzalez

I'd don't see anybody else joining the club.
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby BJSFAN123 » Wed May 28, 2008 11:13 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if Hamilton hits 40

Gonzalez maybe, he would for sure if he didn't play in petco
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Re: New members of the 40-HR club?

Postby The Artful Dodger » Thu May 29, 2008 12:05 am

I'll say Utley, Berkman, Braun, Hamilton, Dunn, and Gonzalez.

Had Utley not been sidelined with injury, he would've come close to 40 HR last year and will at least come close this season.

I think Berkman can do it on a good surge yet, but the odd thing is his groundball rate hasn't changed much.

Braun obviously hasn't had the sample size, but June was a blistering one for him and even if that 8 HR week had proven, he can hit them in bunches and has the potential to come around with a couple of 10 HR months.

Hamilton should keep pushing his HR total up to 35 or more, given that he's benefited greatly in hitting in Texas, and should continue as he rolls into the summer months.

Dunn can usually be counted in for 40 HR anyway.

Adrian Gonzalez has been a surprise in that the splits haven't been that lopsided as expected between his home/road power production. I've always thought he could generate 40 HR power if he didn't hit half of the year at Petco, but he doesn't seem deterred by Petco's spacious dimensions and sea breezes thus far. It will be interesting to see if he can still churn out some power at home.
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