Thursday, April 28, 2011

Line of the Day: April 28th, 2011

1B/2B/OF Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays was a combined 7-for-10 with two home runs and 10 RBI in a doubleheader sweep of the lifeless Minnesota Twins. He also added three doubles, five runs, a stolen base and totaled 16 bases for the day. His eight RBI in game one of the doubleheader were a new, single-game record for the Rays.

Game 1 Line: 6 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 8 RBI; 2 2B, HR, SB
Game 2 Line: 4 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 2 RBI; 2B, HR

My fantasy perspective: Zobrist, affectionately known as "Zorilla", now has seven home runs and a major league-leading 25 RBI through 25 games. At his current pace, he'd finish the season with a ridiculous 5x5 line of .258/117/45/162/26 with 45 doubles and 13 triples. Now let's not get crazy here. He's a career .250 hitter in over 1600 at-bats, averaging 20 HR/162 games, so we should temper our expectations of him. If he keeps his average going north, a 30/100 season could be attainable. And all this comes from a player with 2B-eligibility.

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