Dr. Raul and Mr. Ibanez


Raul has seemed to have a split personality offensively the last 2 seasons.

Even with Utley expected to be healthy, a good year from Raul Ibanez was thought to be crucial. And now with the likelihood of Utley missing significant time, Raul's bat will be needed even more, as he will likely bat 3rd in the order without Chase. But his two seasons here have been tales of two halves with great disparities.

He had a great 1st half of 2009 and was probably the team MVP of the 1st half of that season. And then he went on the DL with a groin injury in mid-June and played through the injury for the most part after that, but his production suffered the rest of the season.  

After his 70th game on July 20, 2009, Raul was batting .315 with 25HRs and 68 RBIs.

And then in his final 66 games he batted .223 with 9 HRs and 25 RBIs.

And in 2010, it was a switcheroo with him having a bad first half and a good 2nd half.

After his 76th game on July 1, 2010 he was batting .236 with 6 HRs and 36 RBIs.

And then after that in his final 79 games he batted .307 with 10 HRs and 47 RBI.

So at age 39, the question is which Raul will they get in 2011? And can their offense survive if he is unproductive for half of the season again? If having a quality beard was any indicator, I'd say he is in for a good season.


6 Responses

  1. I would be happy with a good first half from him. So by the time he starts to wear down hopefully Utley will already have been back with team for a while and Dominic Brown will have been lighting up triple AAA and ready to come up and help out the big club.

  2. But what happens if he stinks on wheat (kinda like that picture, heh!) from Opening Day on? He’s 39 and age is the one opponent NO athlete can best. Those schizo stats worry me because there is absolutely no way to know which Ibanez is going to show up, and even more uncertainty in the Phils’ lineup is the dead last thing we need right now.

  3. I know it doesn’t count, but he’s looking pretty good now, late in spring training. That’s not a bad thing, if he can keep from killing himself running over Shane-o.

  4. it’s been reported that he’s apparently in better shape now than he has been throughout most of his career. It stands to reason that if he can stay on top of his mental game, that he may have an oustanding season. Right now, he’s looking to be one of our best regular position players at the plate — and while I hope everyone else picks up, I’d like him to have a stellar last season. Who knows, maybe they’d re-sign him for a year.

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