Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Line of the Day: May 23rd, 2011

OF Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers homered three times and drove in seven runs in an 11-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. The three home runs and seven RBI each tied club records. Hart now has 101 career home runs.

Line: 4 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 7 RBI; 3 HR, BB, SB

My fantasy perspective: Hart had been homerless in his first 21 games of the season, a span of 76 at bats, before this outbreak of power. Most preseason projections (via RotoChamp.com) had him as a .270/80/22/80/12, so Hart has a lot of work to do to reach those levels. He's recovering from the "injury de jour", an oblique injury, that seems to have sapped the power of many of today's stars.

A deeper look into Hart's numbers (via FanGraphs.com) show that his LD% is down (14% 2011 vs 17.8% career), his GB% is up (50.9% 2011 vs 40.1% career) and he's hitting less fly balls (FB% 35.1% 2011 vs 42.1% career). Hopefully his injury problem is behind him and he can get back to being the slugger fantasy owners hoped he'd be when they drafted him using an ADP in the 90's.

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