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Friday, February 10, 2006


Sore Thumbs

In thinking about fantasy baseball this morning, my mind turned to Pirates' SS Jack Wilson and his stand-out 2004 season. Fantasy players and other followers of baseball stat lines really notice those stand out seasons because they come back to burn you the next year, as a gamer or even as a fan. Look at Wilson's 2004: .308/.335/.459, 201 H, 41 2B, 12 3B, 11 HR, 26 BB, 71 K Not too bad, huh? Now let's look at his 2003 and 2005. 2003: .256/.303/.353, 143 H, 21 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 36 BB, 74 K 2005: .257/.299/.363, 151 H, 24 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 31 BB, 58 K Jack Wilson had an odd-ball season in 2004, that really sticks out when you look at the rest of his lines versus ML pitching. Now, Wilson's only 28 this season, so he probably doesn't need to retire. It did get me thinking about other players with those big season that stick out like sore thumbs among their major league totals. The one that came to mind immediately from 2005 was the Brewers' Brady Clark. I found a similar perspective over at Rotisserie Baseball Musings. Clark isn't as flukish seeming as Wilson, as his numbers, other than batting average, aren't wildly disparate in every category. Someone else whose 2005 numbers look a little fishy is none other than our own Juan Encarnacion. His 2005 line was: .287/.349/.447, somewhat out of place with the rest of his career, not this subject hasn't gotten its fair share of attention in the land of Cardinal bloggers. How concerned are you if you're a Derrek Lee fan?
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