Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
I had the pleasure of owning Carlos Beltran last year — in July and August. In April, May, and June, Beltran was a slugging machine. By the time July 1 had come rolling around, Beltran had a .310/.396/.576 slash line with 20 homers and 61 RBI. His strikeout rate had fallen every month, and he was simply clobbering the ball. It was around this time I decided my outfield needed a little more pop and that Adam Wainwright was expendable to attain it. Beltran promptly went into a tailspin, batting just .206 (40-for-194) in July and August with eight homers and 24 RBI. His strikeout rates jumped to over 20% from a season low of 13.9% in June, and his walk rate immediately fell to just 4.4% in July after hovering around 11% for the first three months. Of course, I stuck with Beltran for most of July and August, benching him in the latter part of the stretch before all-out dropping him at the very beginning of September. Well wouldn’t you know it, that’s exactly when Beltran got going again...
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