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Despite all the statistics bandied about, baseball is relatively simple. If you hit the ball hard more often than most players, you usually get hits more often than most players.
This hasn't been the case with Konerko's 2008 season. When your line drive rate is a respectable 20.3 percent (via
That's not to say that everything is fine and good with Konerko. The 32 year old is definitely in decline. His strikeout rate is up ever so slightly, and his once-robust isolated power (between .230 and .260 each of the past four seasons) has dropped to .146, indicating his 40-home run power has fallen to 20-home run power. It could have something to do with the oblique injury that knocked him out of action for three weeks, but certainly that drop can't be ignored.
The good news is that Konerko has a couple of on-base percentage guys hitting in front of him in
Granted, there probably weren't a lot of owners eyeing Wolf. But with 105 strikeouts in 119.2 innings, there's some value. If you can get anything for him, literally anything of value, do it. Because he takes a major hit leaving Petco Park.
The obvious indicator is his home-road splits this season. In 11 starts at pitcher-friendly Petco this season, Wolf is 5-4 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. In 10 starts on the road, he's 1-6 with a 6.63 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. But wait, it gets worse. The left-handed Wolf will see plenty of right-handed bats in Minute Maid Park. And few parks a friendlier when it comes to home runs for righties thanks to the Crawford Boxes. If Wolf does anything but hurt fantasy owners from here on in, consider it a miracle.
As an aside (the result of an angry loser who thinks he should be running a major league franchise), the fact that the Astros would give up anything of value for Wolf is a testament to how poorly this franchise is being run. Why deal a prospect (any prospect!) for a free agent to be when you're 11 games out of first place because of your preseason batch of ill-advised moves? Not only a free-agent-to-be, but one who has given every indication his preference is to sign with a California team this winter to be near his recently-purchased Los Angeles home. Unless prospect