Scenery change will help Mark Reynolds
Updated: December 8, 2010, 1:16 PM ETBy Eric Karabell
Repeat after me: Strikeouts don't matter in (most) fantasy leagues. Yes, I realize there are rare exceptions, including one league I participate in, but generally we want the home runs, RBIs and other good stuff, and we ignore the whiffs. Therefore, if the Mark Reynolds that hit 44 home runs and knocked in 102 runs with a palatable .260 batting average in 2009 can be reproduced now that he has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles, nobody in the fantasy world will care if he again tops 200 whiffs (which he likely will). If Reynolds hits an unsightly and unfathomable .198 again, like he did for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, well, that's all people will focus on. The strikeouts bother people only when the other numbers aren't flashy.
I generally get a good laugh from how the public views a strikeout from a hitter. Reynolds was one of fantasy's top hitters in 2009, when he not only supplied power but stole 24 bases as well. What strikeouts? Ryan Howard strikes out, too, doesn't he? Reynolds has serious contact problems, registering the three highest strikeout seasons in big league history, but he also has hit 104 home runs since the start of 2008. Even last season, while hitting below the Mendoza line, Reynolds slugged 32 home runs. It might have been a far cry from 44, or what Jose Bautista miraculously produced, but 32 home runs was eclipsed in a pitcher's season by only nine major league hitters in 2010.
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