Daily Graphing – Matt Lawton

Matt Lawton tested positive for steroids today and will serve a 10 game suspension since it's his first offense. Let's see if the steroids worked.


The first thing that comes to mind with steroid users is power. Over the course of his 10 year career Matt Lawton has shown very average power. There's not a thing here that makes me want to yell steroids user. Perhaps if we look at his rolling game by game Isolated Power (ISO) we'll get see some substantial power spikes.


Nope, nothing really eye popping here. He showed some power towards the middle of the season this year, but I was hoping for something more visible, like Brady Anderson's out of the blue 50 home run season.


I think Matt Lawton used some defective steroids. He's been pretty consistent through out his major and minor league career so I doubt he's been a long term user. If he was tricked into taking steroids (like all steroid using baseball players are), then it's quite possible it was only for a short amount of time and had no major impact on his stats. Unlike the Rafael Palmeiro suspension, this story has no legs.

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