Man in a box: Most disappointing hitters through early season
I'd like to take a moment to challenge one widely held belief in the fantasy world. Common wisdom has it that pitchers are the most inconsistent and unpredictable contributors in fantasy baseball.
The following players had the largest negative differential between what we expected and what they've actually earned. Also, just an FYI, we're ignoring the injury cases and focusing solely on inexplicably bad performances.
The low average was expected. The complete lack of power was not. Napoli's owners were horrified by the lack of playing time he was getting in the first few weeks of the season. It hasn't gotten much better even with the injury to Jeff Mathis giving Napoli full-time at-bats.
We touched on Mauer last week. It's not that he won't be the
After 126 at-bats, I'm officially worried. I could overlook the .158 BA as an early-season slump. It's the 23.5 percent strikeout rate (career 15.8 %) that tells me something is seriously wrong. Ramirez has always been a great RBI man because he had the ability to sustain his power while maintaining solid contact rates. That seems to have changed.
Much like Ramirez, Lee has seen a dramatic increase in his strikeout rate and a corresponding drop in batting average. Lee's .203 BA and pathetic .302 slugging percentage have weighted down his fantasy owners. Lee is an aging player who isn't getting much help from his supporting cast.
How the mighty have fallen. Sizemore was a Top Five pick as recently as last season. There's not much to like in 2010. He's striking out more than he ever has and is walking almost half as much as in previous seasons. His BABIP is .291, so it's not a case of bad luck. Supposedly, a five-category threat, Sizemore has zero HRs and two SBs to go along with his .224 BA.
Just like last season, the catcher position has been a turbulent mess. McCann has blamed his early struggles on recurring vision problems and switched back to glasses. McCann's owners were expecting a lot more than nine RBIs from their supposedly elite backstop.
• Time is running out to grab
• Just when we're getting ready to write of
• It's time to give some overdue fantasy love to
• His six RBI debut was a fluke, but it looks like
* All statistics current as of May 12.