Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Week 15 Hitters Power Poll: Paul Konerko Begins His Pursuit Of Alex Rios

Paul Konerko hit his first July home run last night, and hopefully broke out of a slump that he's been mired in for quite a while. Aside from seeing his average drop over the last month and a half, we've also seen his power disappear.

With last night's home run, his first of the season to right field at that, it's possible we'll see Paulie start lacing doubles and homers all over the park again. And he's going to need to if he wants to have a shot at catching Alex Rios.

Poor Paulie, after hitting a three-run homer in the first last night and thinking to himself "I'm going to run you down, Rios!" he had to sit there and watch Alex respond with yet another home run of his own in the third.

Here are the latest rankings.

1Alex Rios 369 1 29
2Paul Konerko 323 3 30
3Adam Dunn 313 2 15
4Alejandro De Aza 308 5 25
5A.J. Pierzynski 290 4 1
6Alexei Ramirez 246 69
7Gordon Beckham 240 65
8Dayan Viciedo224 8 7
9Kevin Youkilis 103 9 19
10Orlando Hudson 53 10 -1
11Eduardo Escobar 38 11 -2
12Brent Morel33 12 0
13Kosuke Fukudome  18 13 0
13Brent Lillibridge 18 13 0
13Tyler Flowers 18 15 1
16Jordan Danks 10 16 -2

It was a pretty good week for the top four overall, but the majority of the damage came in three of the seven games the Sox played. Still, this offense is a lot better when Alejandro De Aza and Konerko are hitting, and seeing the two of them combine for 55 points this week is a good sign.

What isn't is seeing A.J. Pierzysnki manage only a point. He's having a career season and doing it at a very good time for himself, but he's struggled since the All Star break. You have to wonder whether this is just a funk or if his "luck" is starting to run out.

I know I wouldn't mind seeing him start going to left field again. Hopefully his double to center field last night is a sign that he's starting to look the other way and up the middle instead of trying to pull everything.

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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