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And now, another edition of small sample size theater

Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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I have already had multiple people ask me if I was prepared to eat crow over Jeff Francoeur‘s fast start. My response has been “It’s early. Don’t worry. The real Jeff Francoeur will show up soon.”

Thankfully, Ted Berg has a great list of early-season statistical anomalies up over at his blog this morning, all of which are interesting, but one of which is more interesting than the others:

Jeff Francoeur has a .352 on-base percentage and a .508 slugging, exactly the same marks he had after 16 games last season.

Just like the Mets aren’t going to have a .294 winning percentage all year, Jeff Francoeur is not going to have an OPS+ of 141 all year either. It’s early, folks. Early, early, early.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Frenchie will be the AL MVP, Chen will be the AL Cy Young winner, and the Royals will win the Series. You heard it here first (and last).

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Ol’ Frenchie, cleaning himself up for the new gal’s parents. By July he’ll have moved into their living room sofa bed, sitting around in 3 day old BVDs and yellin’ for another beer.
    But he’ll park his ’69 Nova SS behind the convenience store, freshen up in the restroom, and impress the hell out of you for the interview.

  3. bigxrob - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    I read that during spring training Frenchy was working on his plate discipline, looks like its paying off.

    • Lukehart80 - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      This is tongue-in-cheek, right?

    • Joe - Apr 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      He’s on pace for neary 40 walks, which would be one of his best seasons in that category.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    He looks like he’s

    In The Best Shape Of His Life.
    Working On A New Pitch.
    Found A Flaw In His Mechanics
    Gonna Be More Aggressive On The Basepaths, But Smart
    Gritty, Gutty, Athletic, A Natural Athlete
    Finally Over All Of The Nagging Injuries
    Poised For A Breakout Season

    did I miss any?

    • xnumberoneson - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      In 6 weeks, he’ll be a “great clubhouse guy” whose “contributions don’t show up in the boxscore.”

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM

        Ah yes! the ‘Intangibles.’ If only sliders out of the zone were not Intangible to Frenchy

      • cur68 - Apr 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        Paradigm change approves.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      Is he scrappy?

    • trevorb06 - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      He’s swinging a really big bat.

    • Panda Claus - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      I hear he likes Cake.

      • Utley's Hair - Apr 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      • cur68 - Apr 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM

        This is like the theme song for misplaced effort and futility. Ironically, its one of the few songs I know all the words to. Frenchy should just tattoo the lyrics on his back or something.

  5. jwbiii - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    A.J. Burnett has led the league in WPs twice, so his leading the league ain’t much of a surprise.
    Juan Pierre has looked lousy in the field, too. If speed is your only tool, losing a step is pretty critical.

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