Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Line of the Day: Asdrubal Cabrera: August 1st, 2011

Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI and led the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox. It was the second multi-homer game of his career.  (video recap)

Line: 5 AB | 3 R | 3 H | 4 RBI; 2 HR

My fantasy perspective: Prior to the 2011 season, Cabrera had 18 career home runs in 1610 plate appearances (1 HR/89.4 PA). He has now has 19 home runs in 465 plate appearances this season (1 HR/24.5 PA). He leads the team in home runs, RBI (65) and batting average (.293).

His 6.0 BB%, 16.8 K% and .320 BABIP are all close enough to his career averages, as well as his LD%, GB% and FB%. Simply put, more fly balls are being hit for home runs than they were at any point prior to this season (14.8% HR/FB in 2011 compared to a previous career-high of 6.7% in 2008).

Question: Is this the kind of production we should expect from Cabrera going forward or is this season simply an anomaly ?

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