13 MLB Players Whose Production Will Drop
The Pumpkin List:
Has the clock struck midnight on any of your players? Let's hope not.
Thirteen Players Whose Production Will Drop. Who is a Cinderella? Who should you trade? Who should you keep? Will the shoe fit? None of these players are on my fantasy team, as I do not allow pumpkins on my squad.
All kidding aside, these players are playing way in front of their skis or spikes, however you want to put it.
No. 13 Nelson Cruz
My man Nelson Cruz was in the minor leagues since 1998 and this year he is on pace for 48 HR, 126 RBI, and 174 hits. He’s making the hardest sport to play look easy. Not for long Nelson, you may want to drop an ounce in your bat when your hands get tired in August.
No. 12 Brandon Inge
Inge came out smoking like Snoop on stage and has cooled off but not enough to take him off the Pumpkin List. He is still on pace for career highs in hits, HR, RBI, BB, AVG, OBP and SLUG. He will not hit his projected total of 38 HR, he may not hit 20 HR (he has 12).
He will not reach 106 RBI as his projections say, he may not reach his career high of 75. And he will not hit over .240, as he is a career .238 hitter. Brandon Inge will not be a viable option come July.
No. 11 Randy Wolf
Wolf is not a very good pitcher and he has been pitching like he is. Two out of his last three starts have been rough but he is still on pace for 227 IP, an inordinate amount of Ks, a ridiculous ERA, and a phenomenal WHIP. Randy Wolf will be a spot starter come August.
No. 10 Miguel Tejada
The clock struck midnight on Miguel's career a few times. He added two years to his age last season and he was involved in a steroids scandal during his MVP season in Oakland. He leads the NL in average and is on pace for 238 hits, which would break Craig Biggio’s team record of 210 hits.
Miguel is in a contract year, which will motivate him, but he will hit around .290 with 15 HR. The clock has struck midnight for the third time in Miguel’s career.
No. 9 Ben Zobrist
Zobrist will not hit his projected 27 HR, but he may reach his other projections.
No. 8 Orlando Hudson
Hudson is on pace for 213 hits, nearly 50 more than his career high. He is a career .285 hitter and he is hitting 50 points higher. He is also on pace for 96 RBI while his career high is 67. Orlando’s numbers are cute and make me smile but please do not be fooled by this Cinderella story, for it is 11:30 PM.
No. 7 Wandy Rodriguez
Rodriguez has talent, but not this much. He is on pace for career highs in IP, GS, W, K, ERA, and WHIP. His last two starts have been dreadful, oh, look at the clock, it’s 12:01.
No. 6 Torii Hunter
Hunter is making his $18 million contract look justified, as he is on pace for career highs in hits, HR, RBI, BB, SB, AVG, OBP, SLUG, and HGH, er, excuse that last one.
I do not think he is juicing and I do not think a 34 year old can set career highs without PEDs. His numbers are going to take a drastic fall as the clock has struck midnight.
No. 5 Jason Varitek
Varitek is a fantasy bum. The only reason he is on the Red Sox is because he can handle a pitching staff. You do not get points in fantasy baseball for handling a pitching staff. He will not hit 15 HR. Repeat: He will not hit 15 HR.
No. 4 Raul Ibanez
Ibanez is turning into either everyone’s favorite or least favorite fantasy baseball player. He is MASHING. He is on pace for career highs in runs, hits, HR, RBI, BB, BA, OBP, and SLUG, which is ridiculous or absurd, you pick.
Lets go deeper into these numbers ☺ …
He is on pace for 142 runs, career high is 103. He is on pace for 221 hits, career high is 186. He is on pace to break Roger Maris’ HR record, no comment. He is on pace for 168 RBI, no comment.
Raul Ibanez is 37 years old and will put up great numbers, but let’s be real, .300, 30, 100, a great year.
No. 3 Russell Branyan
Branyan’s year is an absolute joke. The guy is a career .230 hitter and he is hitting .323. He has never cracked triple digits in hits and is on pace for 165 nearly doubling his career high. He is on pace for 37 HR and 77 RBI, both career highs.
If you are starting Branyan, find a replacement ASAP.
No. 2 Aaron Hill
Hill leads MLB in hits with 77 and is on pace for a Blue Jays record 231 hits. He is also on pace for 36 HR and 111 RBI. If he keeps this up he will be the 2009 AL MVP.
I will bet my house he will not win that award and I will bet my house if he does put up those numbers he will win the AL MVP.
Hill will finish with 200 hits, 20 HR, and 80 RBI, by far the best season in his career.
No. 1 Jason Bartlett
Bartlett is leading the AL in average at .373. He is a career .285 hitter. He has already set a career high in HR this season with 7 and he only had 11 total HR in his five seasons combined. His numbers are very cute, cute as his wife, but it is 11:30 Jason, time to come home.