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Postby The Big Train » Mon May 22, 2006 5:12 pm

The free weekly sample of The Baseball Injury Report that arrived in my e-mail box yesterday had the following comments on Floyd:

Cliff Floyd (OF, NYM) Floyd has 136 at-bats so far this
season. Yet he has posted some of the most anemic numbers of
his career. A .206 BA, .299 OBP and .346 SLG. Passable
numbers for a utility player in the National League but not
a middle of the order power hitter. Forget the ribcage
strain of April. Mets sources state this isn’t the problem.
Making contact isn’t an issue either. He’s striking out once
in every 8.6 at-bats, the best rate of his career. Could it
be, and yes this is speculation, the kidney ailment Floyd
struggled with this spring? It’s not out of the question,
his overall strength is down and this has led to his 2006
struggles. In the past four seasons, Floyd has never had
this long of a bad streak. He’s too good of a hitter to
blame it on some minor hitting mechanics problem or just a
slow start. All signs point to some sort of physical/health
problem as the cause. Now we have to wait and see if it’s
revealed or discovered in the near term. If his production
doesn’t improve, 2006 will go down as one of his most
disappointing seasons.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Jun 04, 2006 1:00 pm

Floyd has heated up a little but he's sitting today. :-C
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Postby beezer » Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:53 pm

He will be fine. He has heated up lately and he is hitting the ball the other way. Even when he was "in" his slump, he had a lot of bad luck too, lining out to people or getting robbed by a good play. Now those hits are finding holes. Barring injury, he should put up good numbers the rest of the way.
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