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One-Upping Himself
Jeff Pearlman
August 06, 2001
The addition of Jermaine Dye (above) to the A's lineup might help Jason Giambi (assuming he was not traded before Tuesday's deadline) maintain an enviable streak. As the chart illustrates, beginning in 1997 (his second full season) and continuing through 2000, Giambi (below) equaled or surpassed his numbers from the previous season in each of five major offensive categories. Projections of his numbers so far this season suggest the streak will end. But there are two other considerations: 1) With Dye batting behind him, Giambi will be pitched around less often (though that would also lead to fewer walks); and 2) traditionally, the final month has been Giambi's most productive (last September and October he batted .396, with 13 homers and 32 RBIs).—David Sabino
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August 06, 2001

One-upping Himself

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The addition of Jermaine Dye (above) to the A's lineup might help Jason Giambi (assuming he was not traded before Tuesday's deadline) maintain an enviable streak. As the chart illustrates, beginning in 1997 (his second full season) and continuing through 2000, Giambi (below) equaled or surpassed his numbers from the previous season in each of five major offensive categories. Projections of his numbers so far this season suggest the streak will end. But there are two other considerations: 1) With Dye batting behind him, Giambi will be pitched around less often (though that would also lead to fewer walks); and 2) traditionally, the final month has been Giambi's most productive (last September and October he batted .396, with 13 homers and 32 RBIs).
—David Sabino

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