Should You Buy Low on Carlos Santana?

May 27, 2011


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Carlos Santana enters today’s game hitting .203 with 21 runs, six home runs, 21 RBI, and a .706 OPS. In April, you could live with the poor average (.198) because he provided five home runs and 17 RBI in 24 games. This month, however, is a different story.
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Through 19 games Santana’s average is up to .210, which doesn’t exactly excite you, but he only has one home run and four RBI.
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He has a ton of potential, but the results haven’t been there. It’s tough to look at the past to see if a turnaround is in sight because he has played in just 89 games and has just 298 at bats.
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Fantasy owners haven’t given up on him yet as he is still owned in virtually every mixed fantasy league, but if there is ever a time for the taking, it is now.
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Given his struggles and small sample size it will take a bit of a leap of faith. He has delivered in the minor leagues, but there is a chance that he’s the catcher version of Chris Davis, who kills it in the minors, but struggles with major league pitching.
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Part of Santana’s struggles can be attributed to bad luck. His BABIP is a mere .216. In about the same amount of at bats last year for the Tribe Carlos had a BABIP of .216. Like his average that improved slightly yet remains below par, his BABIP has improved to .245 for the month, which is up from .194 in April.
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There is no guaranteeing that he’ll turn this thing around. If he can at least provide the home runs and RBI he is capable of, Santana will at least have some value. If you’re a gambler, it’s worth at least trying to pin down his asking price. If you find a realistic owner, you could possibly work something out. If that owner is holding out hope that Santana will perform like everybody expected him to, the bounty will likely be too high.
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  1. Nodin
    July 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    What a great resuocre this text is.

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