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Saturday, May 29, 2004

Matsui of the Month! 

What a month Hideki is having! Just when everyone started writing him off for dead by the end of April, he is putting up a MONSTER of a May. 85 AB, 5 HR, 23 RS, 18 RBI, 17 BB, .341 BA, 1.076 OPS. His numbers for the year are .313 BA, and a wonderful .950 OPS. It's much better then people predicted for Matsui this year, after his mediocre 2003 season.

Take a look at Mideki's June from last year: 104 AB, 6 HR, 20 RS, 29 RBI, 15 BB, .394 BA, 1.157 OPS. DAMN! Even better than his 2004 May. Of course, the rest of 2003 was below average for Matsui.

So what can we make out of his May 2004 numbers? Well, nothing much. They could mean that he's found his stroke in the US and he's going to be closer to Matsui 2002 than Matsui 2003. But, of course, the sample size is small (just like June 2003), and it could mean that he's still mediocre but he's just having a great month. Only time will tell, but I'm sticking to my preseason prediction that Matsui is going to do significantly better in 2004 than he did in 2003. I don't think I actually put it in writing anywhere, but I predicted an OPS of around .850 - .900 for Matsui this year. I think I thought he was going to get better than most others thought, but I have faith in the guy. Cross your fingers!
# posted by shawn : 5/29/2004 08:36:00 AM -
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