Andre Ethier, Matt Holliday and the 10 Luckiest Hitters in Baseball in 2011

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Andre Ethier, Matt Holliday and the 10 Luckiest Hitters in Baseball in 2011
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Who are the best hitters in baseball this year?

Seems like a relatively straightforward question. Most fans could probably name a few candidates off the tops of their heads. If you were seeking a more complete list, you might look at a leader board for average, OPS, wOBA—whatever your metric of choice is.

Of course, players aren't always who they seem to be. Any statistic—especially this early in the season—can be tainted by fluctuations of cold, heartless luck.

In this slideshow are the 10 MLB hitters for whom the winds of fortune have been blowing most strongly at their backs, as well as my calculations for how far they'll fall when their luck runs out.  

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