Baseball Professor’s Sunday Survey #2

Apr 12, 2010

1.  Entering Saturday’s games, Vernon Wells is 7-for-14 with four home runs and seven RBI. Clearly we don’t expect him to continue this torrid pace, but what AVG/HR/RBI line do you project from Wells at the end of 2010?

Actually I do expect him to continue on his pace. We’re talking .400-90-200 for Mr. Wells. Kidding aside, I expect around .280-25-85 from him the way he’s swinging the bat. Mix in 85 runs and 15 SBs and you have a pretty nice line.


2.  The Rangers’ C.J. Wilson made his first start since 2005 this week and it was a beauty: 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 9 K. In a standard 12-team league with ESPN format )nine pitchers, RP included), is Wilson anything more than a weekly free agent pickup and how many games will the converted closer win in this season?

Clearly he’s not the pitcher who broke in with a 1-7 record and a 6.94 ERA in his first shot at starting. I wouldn’t count on him in a regular role in my rotation. He should be used as a streamer when he has a favorable match-up or when he has two starts for the week.


3.  As we see every April, there are a lot of players getting out to surprising hot starts. Of these three, which do you think has the best chance at producing at a high level for the rest of the season: Edgar Renteria (.633, 1 HR, 5 RBI), Chris Young (.400, 2 HR, 7 RBI), or Placido Polanco (.579, 1 HR, 8 RBI)?

Personally I like Polanco of this group. Wedged in between Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley is about as good as it gets. If you do not have the expectations of anything more than 12 HRs for him, you should be rather satisfied. He’s a career .304 hitter (as of 4/10). All he has to do is get on base and Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and company will drive him in.


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