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MLB Analysis: Bautista, Red Sox Sweep, Yankees Losing, Chipper Jones

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Bautista Making it Look Easy

Jose Bautista belted a Major League leading 54 HR’s last year and most people thought it was a fluke. After hitting 3 home runs yesterday in Minnesota, I don’t hear anyone calling him a fluke now. Bautista now leads the majors with 16 HR’s and is on pace for 64 round trippers.

In my Fantasy Baseball league Bautista went for $8 this year. After the draft, people were questioning if he was overpaid for! In his seven years in the majors previous to last year, the 30-year-old had hit 59 HR’s total, with a high of 16 in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The highest batting average he had ever hit for was .254. Last year, although the power and RBI numbers were there (54/124), he still only hit .260. This year Bautista is hitting a gaudy .358.

Right now the guy is locked in. He looks like he’s playing Wiffle Ball. He’s a right-handed Barry Bonds off steroids. I’m still skeptical and if I was a fantasy owner, I think I would sell high. That said, if I was an American League pitcher, I think I would just walk him…. Believe in him or not, he’s one of the best hitters in the game right now. 

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Red Sox Sweep Yankees in NY

The Boston Red Sox opened the year 0-6 and wining only 2 of their first 12 games. After Boston’s three game sweep of New York, Boston has now reached the .500 mark at 20-20. Doing the math, since their 2-10 start, Boston has now gone 18-8.

The Yankees are reeling. Now losers of five straight with headlines of injured and aging players on their roster seemingly daily basis, the Bombers have dropped to # 7 in the MLB Power Rankings. There are no pushover’s in the AL East this year as even the last place Baltimore Orioles are just one game under .500. This is going to be a grind all summer and the playoffs are no lock for NY in 2011.

Chipper Jones has Meniscus Tear in Right Knee

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has a small meniscus tear in his right knee. This is not the knee that he had surgically-repaired for a torn ligament last August.

Jones received an injection in his right knee and hopes to avoid surgery, but if the pain hasn’t subsided in a few days he could be facing arthroscopic surgery. Jones said he underwent a similar arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in 1996, which cost him a little more than two weeks.

“We’ll know in a couple days,” Jones said. “If the shot helps then I’ll play as long as I can. If the shot doesn’t help then they’ll go in and clean it up.”

For my money, Jones is the greatest switch hitter to have played the game not named Mickey Mantle. Better than Pete Rose, and I think, better then Eddie Murry. Like Mantle, I wonder what his stats would look like had he been able to remain healthy throughout his career.