A couple times now we've discussed the possibility of Todd Helton being traded to the Sox (here and here for example). The major knock on him was his serious power decline. But so far this year (yes, I know it's early), his slide hasn't seemed to continue. He's slugging the same as he was in 2005 - which was way below his 2004 numbers but nowhere near as low as one might reasonably expect given the trend (anyone have his "official" projections for 2007?). Plus he's hitting and walking more than ever - BA of .361, OBP of .480. The numbers (year/BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):
2002 .329 .429 .577 1.006
2003 .358 .458 .630 1.088
2004 .347 .469 .620 1.089
2005 .320 .445 .534 .979
2006 .302 .404 .476 .880
2007 .361 .480 .538 1.018
The other thing everyone points out is the massive offensive boost he gets by playing half his games in Coors Field: sure enough, in every year from 2002 to 2006, his OPS is consistently 200-250 points higher at home than on the road. But this year - again with the caveat of small sample sizes - that discrepancy is totally gone:
Home .361 .495 .528 1.023
Away .360 .466 .547 1.013
Likely just a fluke. But you have to assume he's not going be a Rockie by August...
P.S. Another change for 2007: he's adopted the same ginormous goatee that Kevin Youkilis has. Or, as I like to call it, the 'frotee.