The Jury wrote:
Teehee I was just browsing through some player profiles.. That 72 homerun year stands out as just sick. 72 HOMERUNS! That's like the RBI total of the average major leaguer in one season. That is SICK
Yeah, 2001 was absurd. He actually hit 73
. Anyway, sure he's got a shot. He is superhuman. Do I think it will happen?...No, I don't.
However, some things that may help him are:
- the NL west lost some aces during this offseason...no more Kevin Brown and Curt Schilling.
- he's off to a great start...if he was batting .280 right now, nobody would even bring up this topic...batting .515 is always a bonus...you can have a couple 1 for 3 days and still stay above .400.
- his walks will help by increasing his plate appearances, so he'll be able to qualify for the batting title while only getting around 450 AB's. Hitting .400 is more likely in a smaller sample of AB's.
The big question mark:
-how's Bonds going to fair against San Diego pitching, and hitting in the new park there. Typically Bonds destroys S.D. pitching, but their staff and park have been completely changed. Peavy and Eaton are still there, but they are better now. David Wells is a wild card...how's Barry going to do against him? Their pen has improved. Lawrence is still there. Ishmail Valdez is pretty average, but pitching in that S.D. park instead of Texas will surely improve his numbers. Will the new stadium decrease Barry's HR's and increase his BA? Decrease both? Have no effect? I think this will have a large impact on his ability to hit .400. Time will tell.