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  1. So Walker’s not suffering from any injurys, but what about injuries? Maybe that’s the cause.

    Sorry, bitter Walker owner here. My league’s too deep to just drop him. Jerk.

    Comment by Johnny Come Lately — May 2, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  2. What’s the likely hood that Jemile’s older brother, Ricky, will follow suit?

    Comment by Greg — May 2, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  3. For Walker, the average flyball distance may not really tell us much other than that he hasn’t hit any homeruns, which we already knew. If he hit a homerun or two, the average distance would be longer… is the lower flyball distance cause or effect? I’m guessing effect.

    Comment by mcbrown — May 2, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  4. Umm… if he hit his flyballs farther, it would *cause* them to go over the wall. He isn’t doing that. I already dropped Walker in my league, I’m sure his production will pick up, but he was just a backup to provide me more options with Howie Kendrick’s positional flexibility anyway. I’ll keep my eye on him as the season progresses, but for now I can just pick up some hot hands on the wire (specifically, Aaron Hill) and let him find his way without taking up a roster spot.

    Comment by Jason — May 3, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  5. Put a slightly different way…
    I suspect Pujols flyball/hr average distance is down a bit at the start of this year. Based on that information, and your assertion about Walker based on this stat alone we have to assume you think Pujols is going to hit FAR fewer home runs than normal this year, right?
    Or another way…
    Mike Minor had a much lower strand rate last year, so he is a going to have a significantly worse year. I mean, it’s not like his strand rate could return to a more normal level and he suddenly looks like a better pitcher.
    I think mcbrown offers an thoughtful ‘grain of salt’ perspective.

    Comment by KDL — May 8, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

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