We all know how Vlad has struggled this year. ESPN has made sure the world knows of the weakness of David Ortiz. Did you know Alphonso Soriano is having the same precipitous drop in average and power statistics? These are his current numbers: BA is .224, SLG is .430, OBP is .291, and OPS is .721. These are all well below is career averages. He has hit 14 HR's, but has only 30 RBI's. This seems odd to have 3 prominent power hitters from the Dominican Republic all experiencing the exact same thing in the same year. All three are within a year or so in age. Vlad and Soriano are free-swingers, while Ortiz is a more patient hitter. Of the 3, Ortiz is the only one that seems to be breaking out of a season long slump. Is it the WBC? I believe both Soriano and Ortiz participated, but Vlad didn't participate. Are they just getting older? I don't believe it's steroids, but there sure could be speculation on that direction. Was kryptonite added to the Dominican water supply this past winter? Give your thoughts and comments. Let the speculation continue.
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