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Is Hunter Pence a Bust?

July 12, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Hunter Pence has stopped running with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hunter Pence hasn’t excelled like that last year, but he still gets the hotties.

We sure hope you listened to us before the season when we suggested that Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence would be a bust this year.

It’s not as if he’s been a disaster… after all, he is on pace for his first 30-homer season.

But we did predict that a repeat of his .361 BABIP – which led to a .314 BA – would not happen. We expected him to regress closer to his career BABIP mark of .328 and in fact Pence has sunk even lower, to .314. That’s reduced his BA to .285 at the break.

The other big issue we had with Pence was that his running game seemed to go AWOL once he was dealt to Philly. After regularly putting up mid-teen steals in Houston, Pence has managed just five swipes in 140 games with the Phillies.

He didn’t exactly enter the break hot, going just 3-for-14 over the final four games with two runs and one RBI. In fact, July has seen Pence go ice cold after solid months of May and June followed a sluggish start.

The good news is he’s stayed healthy and is on pace for a career high in at-bats and you have to like the fact that lots of his doubles have become homers. And while he hasn’t been quite as productive as last year when he set a career high in narrowly missing his first 100-RBI campaign, he’s been pretty darned close despite a weaker BA and a putrid .226 mark with runners in scoring position.

We also like the fact that Pence is striking out less often this season.

So by no means are we suggesting that Pence has been a stiff this year. He obviously remains a must-own Fantasy outfielder, but those of you that thought he had taken another step with his arrival in Philly have been sadly disappointing. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Now the question remains, what does the future hold for Pence?

With Philly’s free fall continuing – despite the return of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and the pending return of Roy Halladay – it is becoming clear the Phillies will be selling at the break.

That will likely spell the end of Pence’s short-lived career in the City of Brotherly Love.

Pence is signed through the end of next season, but whether Philly wants to retain him long-term is unclear, so don’t be shocked if he’s in a new uniform by next month.

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2012 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 10 Busts

March 27, 2012 | by Buck Davidson | Comments (3)
The Grandy Man handled southpaws like never before in 2011, smacking out an absurd 24.6 HR/FB rate. While he’s only a career .226 hitter against lefties (with an equally underwhelming 685 OPS), he somehow managed to post a .272/.347/.597 slash line against portsiders in 2011. Granderson obliterated his career highs in runs (136 – previous best 122), homers (41, up from 30) and RBIs (119, from his old high of 73) last year, and it’s tough to buy in on the sustainability of that kind of breakout. Granderson should be very good again, especially in the potent Yankee lineup, but be careful not to expect a repeat of his gaudy 2011 numbers.
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September 23, 2011 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (1)
At some point, there were going to have to be busts. Those players that just stink up the goodness of your Fantasy hockey team. You have seen the rest and below there will be… well… less. When this juncture hits, there are really two ways this can go: either bad or ugly. What we have below is not necessarily the literal lowest of the low. However, reality dictates that with a circumstance or two, these are players that it can turn really ugly for with an express train ride down to Fantasy Splitsville.
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2011 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 10 Flops

January 27, 2011 | by Daniel Olson | Comments (0)
And we’re off! Welcome to the 2011 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit. As you’ve noticed over the past couple of weeks, we’ve already started releasing team previews, but today we get into the real meat of the kit. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a bevy of goodies for your Fantasy baseball preparation, including complete cheat sheets and profiles for every position, lists of sleepers, fliers and rookies, our top 50 prospects and coverage of at least one expert mock draft with round-by-round commentary. We’ll kick things off with our top 10 flops — the players we’re advising you to either steer clear of, or at least not reach for, this season.
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2010-11 RotoRob NHL Draft Kit: Top 10 Busts

September 28, 2010 | by Chris Wassel | Comments (0)
It has been a long journey, but at long last the finish line is near. Now all you have to do is draft your team. No sweat, right? Now we dig deep into the busts.
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