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Will The Real Vladimir Guerrero Please Standup

Posted by Mike on October 1, 2008

Tonight starts the Boston Red Sox bid  to win back-to-back World Series since the 1915 and 1916 seasons. The one person standing in their way is former 2004 American League MVP, Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels right-fielder is one of the most dominant players in baseball, and is just about impossible to pitch around. He loves to swing at balls that are at his feet, or even over his head. Even with his lack of discipline at the plate, he continues year-after-year to put up big numbers as evidenced by this seasons .303 batting average, 27 HR’s, and 91 RBI’s. Now with the Angels acquisitions of Torii Hunter and Mark Teixeira, it just makes Vlad that more difficult to get out. But, the one flaw that Vlad has in his arsenal is his lack of production in the postseason. More accurately, Vlad has a worse postseason track record then Alex Rodgriuez.  In the 16 career playoff games that Guerrero has played in, he is a career .183 hitter with 1 HR, and 7 RBI’s. If you remember, four of those RBI’s came in the grand slam he hit off of Mike Timlin in Game 3 of the 2004 Divisional Series to tie up the score. So, to date Vlad isn’t exactly the feared hitter in the postseason that many people fear during the regular season. But, in the past years he has little, to no protection in the lineup, but this is by far and away the best lineup in which he has played. With hitters like Hunter and Teixeira around him, pitchers can no longer pitch around Guerrero. He wasn’t a member of the Angels 2002 World Series victory, and this being the last year of his contract with the Angels, Vlad may not ever have a better chance of finally taking home a World Series Championship.

Prediction: Red Sox in 4

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