Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Week 3 Hitters Power Poll: Paulie Wheels Is Running Away With This Thing

Not a whole lot of shakeups in the rankings this week, as the top six players in last week's poll all remain in the same spot this week. The only difference is that Paul Konerko is widening the gap between himself and the rest of the team.

And while that has a bit to do with how well Paulie is hitting this first month of the season, sadly, it has just as much to do with how poorly the rest of his team is hitting.

Here are how things stand now, after the first month of the season.

1Paul Konerko 101 1 25
2A.J. Pierzynski 78 2 8
3Alejandro De Aza  77 3 10
4Adam Dunn 70 4 12
5Alex Rios 51 5 10
6Alexei Ramirez 37 612
7Dayan Viciedo 23 910
8Brent Morel22 7 2
9Gordon Beckham 13 8 -2
10Brent Lillibridge 10 10 0
11Kosuke Fukudome  9 12 4
12Tyler Flowers  6 11 -2
13Eduardo Escobar 1 13 0

Now, what you might not notice just by looking at this chart without seeing last week's is the dip in production from everybody. In the Week 2 poll, five players scored 25 points or more in the previous week: Paulie, A.J, De Aza, Dunn and Alex Rios.

This week Konerko was the only player to reach 25 points. Nobody else accumulated more than half that.

Which goes a long way to explaining how the Sox went 1-5 since last week's poll.

Last week's poll can be found here.

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