Does anyone find something suspicious about Raul Ibanez' stats this year? I guess this is my punishment for reading Game of Shadows right before the baseball season. But seriously, This guy has a lifetime 162 game average of 22 home runs and 95 RBIs, yet this season he's projected to triple the home run number and nearly double the RBI number and on top of that, his OPS is over 300 points higher than his career average.. all from a guy who's turning 37 next week! I know some of this can be attributed to the fact that Citizens Bank Park is possibly the friendliest stadium to lefties in the major leagues and Safeco is absolutely huge, but can that really be the full explanation? I know this sounds really crappy coming from a Mets fan but I get tons of exposure to the Phillies because I live in Philly. How can a guy who was a middle of the range power hitter presumably on the downside of his career all the sudden have a resurgence and become the best slugger in the major leagues, practically overnight. I hate to say it, because I'd rather the Phillies be winning on talent alone rather than using synthetic means.. but something about this is awfully fishy. I've waited a long time to voice it, but i've been having suspicions for about the last two weeks. It just seems amazing because this guy is only getting better. Maybe the guy is a freak of nature, but as each day goes on it is starting to look far more fishy.. this has Barry Bonds written all over it.
Here's his stats for his career.. no sabermetrics or anything so i haven't done a fully detailed statistical analysis.
If you think i'm full of Sh*t.. please rebut me, I'd love to hear the opinions of other Met fans.