Is It Time To Sell High On Andre Ethier?

May 6, 2011

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It’s safe to say Andre Ethier is in the zone. As of May 6th, Andre is hitting .370 and has a 29-game hitting streak. His streak is beginning to garner ESPN updates on his every at bat, so even the casual fan is noticing. If you own Ethier, now is the best time to sell high.
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Virtually all baseball players are streaky. However, Ethier is streakier than most. Year after year he has been on fire one moth and ice cold the next. In 2010, Andre hit .453 in May and .305 in August. Surrounding it was .229 in June and .213 in September. In 2009, he hit .307 in April followed by .211 in May. He hit .333 in August followed by .212 in September. Every year follows a similar pattern.
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An interesting note about Ethier this year is that the power has not come as of yet. Currently, he has three HRs in a year where he was projected to approach 30. His ten doubles thus far are in the top ten of MLB, but unless some of those start going over the fence, his value is limited. He has also been pretty lucky this year. His BABIP is .436 suggests that his batted balls are finding more holes in the defense than normal and a course correction is due.
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Based on past performance Ethier is due for a prolonged slump. The time is now to get value for him and he can be used to address concerns for the rest of your team.
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