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The Power Hitting Justin Smoak

Former Texas Rangers first-round pick Justin Smoak is finally producing near his projected ceiling.  The question is, how seriously do we take a 30-game stretch?

Over his last 124 plate appearances for the Mariners, Smoak has posted a triple slash of .300/.379/.545.  Contrast this to his first 141 PA’s of 2013 where Smoak was a .235/.355/.311 hitter.

His full season (67 games) 37% OBP leads the team.  The team is the Mariners but this is still a solid on-base skill-set.

The real difference in Smoak’s half-season has been his power splits:

  • 1 HR in first 127 AB’s
  • 7 HR in last 150 AB’s

Which is the real Justin Smoak?  Based on scouting and perceive skill-set I would go with the power hitting version of Smoak.

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Ted Williams, Barry Bonds and…Raul Ibanez?

Seattle Mariners leftfielder Raul Ibanez has become one of 11 payers ever to hit 20 home-runs in a season after age 40.  Being just over halfway though 2013, Ibanez is on pace to match his age in dingers this year (41).

What is really shocking is that he is slugging greater than Barry Bonds did in any of his two awesome 40+ seasons.  Of all the 20+ HR seasons at age 40+ Ibanez ranks 2nd all-time in SLG% to Ted Williams crazy good final season.

Here is the full list sorted of old guy power seasons:

Rk

Player

SLG

HR

Year

Age

Tm

G

1

Ted Williams

.645

29

1960

41

BOS

113

2

Raul Ibanez

.576

24

2013

41

SEA

71

3

Barry Bonds

.565

28

2007

42

SFG

126

4

Barry Bonds

.545

26

2006

41

SFG

130

5

Harold Baines

.533

25

1999

40

TOT

135

6

Hank Sauer

.508

26

1957

40

NYG

127

7

Darrell Evans

.501

34

1987

40

DET

150

8

Dave Winfield

.491

26

1992

40

TOR

156

9

Hank Aaron

.491

20

1974

40

ATL

112

10

Edgar Martinez

.489

24

2003

40

SEA

145

11

Dave Winfield

.442

21

1993

41

MIN

143

12

Craig Biggio

.422

21

2006

40

HOU

145

13

Eddie Murray

.417

22

1996

40

TOT

152

14

Darrell Evans

.380

22

1988

41

DET

144

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/13/2013.

The King is back #Felix

The early season struggles of Felix Hernandez are clearly behind him.  Here are his runs allowed/start over his last 19 outings:

0 runs – 5 starts

1 run – 6

2 runs – 3

3+ runs – 5

That’s fewer than 3 runs allowed in three-quarter of his starts since the middle-of June.  With a perfect game to boot, King Felix secures a slot on the AL 2nd Half All-Stars and the shutout crown for the first time in his career (5 shutouts).