Ok guys, new topic to hopefully spark some good conversation and speculation. So Mark Teixeira is on pace for 15 homeruns when he hit 43 dingers last year and Michael Young is on pace for 10 homeruns after he hit a career high 24 last season. Both are still hitting for average, but the power is just not there.
Apparently,Teixeira can't even explain it, "I still would like to know why I'm not hitting home runs," he said. "I feel like I'm seeing the ball well. I feel strong. I feel like I'm hitting the ball hard." This was quoted from CBS. (I think he might know why, but can't really tell anyone why since what he was doing was illegal).
It's not that either of these hitters is slumping, which is apparent with their good averages, they simply haven't had the power this year. If they were both hitting .230 or something with this lack of power, it would be much easier to believe that they were just in a slump and were bound to bounce back, but this isn't the case. I'm not one to point fingers for steroids or any performance enhancing drugs, until proven guilty, but this might just be "proof." Granted, it's still fairly early in the season, but for both of those guys to reach their 2005 season total in HR's, they would need to nuts with the bats. Teixeira, for example, would need to hit a homerun in every 10 at bats from here on out to reach 43 assuming he gets the same number of at bats as 2005. In 2005, he hit a homerun every 15 at bats.
Anyways, I feel there's a good chance both of these hitters were taking some kind of performance enhancing drug. What sparked this analysis for me was that I was thinking about buying low on Teixeira, but once I remembered that Young's power was missing, too, I was a bit skeptical. When two guys on the same team lose a significant amount of power, I just don't think that's a coincidence anymore.
What do you guys think?