I ask this question becuase I own both, and I am wondering which one I should look to trade. Most would agree with me that Blalock will put better #'s, but Ensberg will be a very solid starting @ 3B. Is one of them particuraly overrated or underrated? Who should I keep, and who should I trade?
I'd keep both for now and see how they start off. Both will be prone to slumps because they want to be power hitters. Blalock struggles against lefties and Ensberg doesn't have the confidence of Jimmi Williams. Watch them both closely then trade whoever you like the least.
I project Blalock for .290/32 HRs/101 RBI
And for Ensberg .280/29 HRs/ 90 RBI
I think Blalock is still underrated after his performanace last year. He is no fluke according to several respectable sources, and the Texas park can't hurt
Agreed, most casual fantasy players will rate guys like Lowell and Glaus over Blalock, but in my opinion, he has a chance to be every bit as good as Rolen and Chavez.
To that end, I think he's still pretty drastically underrated.
In fact, aside from SBs I'd be surprised if there was a significant difference between the production of Chavez and Blalock, Blalock may even end up with better numbers (Neither can hit lefties though).
Ensberg is underrated by the casual fan, but overrated by many around these parts. I'd wait to see if Ensberg started hot, unless you can find someone who thinks he's already a top 6 3B (some here in the Cafe). I'd keep Blalock for sure.
I had Blalock pretty early last year...when he was BENCHED against lefties. Perhaps the practice did him well but he's .209 vs lefties (only 3 HR!!) and .329 vs. righties!! There's a few guys I noted that sort of imbalance on (Chavez, Nomar on the road last year...) and kind of steered clear of or downgraded. I have Dmitri Young and Ensberg.
Everything I've read in the big sort of sources (ESPN/ Yahoo/ Sportsline) suggests that Ensberg will be fine but there seems to be a sizeable consensus here that he's doomed by the wierd conflict w/ Williams.
It seems though that when the Astros were in the hunt last year, he faded in July and then did better at the end of the year. 'Only' 127 games though. That is kind of odd.
He hit BETTER when he played spottier, 72 G, 199 AB, .312 and 17 HR Pre Allstar and almost identical AB-186- in only 55 games after the break, posting .269 w/ 8 HR. His OPS, FWIW, was 1.019 pre break and dropped to .771 afterwards. Odd that he kind of fizzled playing more 'complete games'. I am glad to have him on my bench though, there's a few teams weak at 3B if he takes off a bit!
I'd trade Ensberg. Just not big on him for this year.
Blalock is the better keeper of the two.
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