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DbacksRback wrote:I understand what you are saying and this is very rare. He obviously is seeing the ball well and even his outs are very sharp. This could just be a very solid strech he is on and could cool down(hope he doesnt) and make his #'s look just above average. NL pitching with a lot of protection can also help. I watch him play everyday and his swing just looks there and he does not get fooled too often. Im just not going to put the idea of Ped's just because he is having a great first half. Im going to let the season play out and just go from there. Even his defense has been great this year, he has been all around solid
LostInTheBoom wrote:As Posnanski writes: (I edited to save space but check out the full article here: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/w ... nez/1.html)
Through 55 games, Ibanez was hitting .329/.386/.676 with 19 homers.
In 2006, he hit 18 homers and drove in 57 runs in a 52-game stretch.
Other examples of his previous hot streaks include:
2002. He had a 50-game streak -- June 7 to Aug. 2 -- when he hit .328/.385/.704 with 15 doubles, five triples, 15 homers, 54 RBI
2003. He had a 55-game stretch where he hit .326/.360/.514
2004. He hit .365 over a 54-game stretch.
2005. He started slowly and then hit .330/.400/.524 over his next 55 games.
2007. Over the last 52 games in the season, Ibanez hit .363/.425/.652 with 15 homers.
2008. In a 55-game stretch, July 12 to Sept. 14, he hit .374/.435/.648 with 17 doubles, two triples, 13 homers at Safeco.
If he does this over the course of the entire season, then I can understand the skepticism and the PED talk. But it's not like it's the first time this guy has hit for an OPS of over 1.000 for a 50-60 game stretch. If anything, his performance thus far just leads me to believe that he is heading for a fall. He has had a hot streak of 50 games or so in each of the last 7 seasons and if ever there were a sell high candidate, it's him, because he can't keep this kind of production up over the course of a full season. He has proven that point time and time again. SELL! SELL! SELL!
DbacksRback wrote:Nice post....hot streaks are not uncommon and this is not as for out of the ordinary as some say
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