Collette Calls: I-70 Revival?
Collette Calls: I-70 Revival?

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Last season, Dexter Fowler and Alex Gordon were simply unrosterable in standard mixed leagues. Gordon at least hit 13 home runs and stole 12 bases, but was mostly a compiler of stats down in the bottom of the lineup. Fowler did neither, and hit a career-low .180 seemingly out of nowhere after years of consistent production.

This season, both are off to surprisingly hot starts at the plate, albeit in different manners. Have they changed something to get better results or is a hot streak just magnified this time of year because of the reset button  that comes with the start of the season? We will begin with Fowler.

Entering play May 1, Fowler is hitting a surprising .313/.415/.425 on the heels of his .180/.278/.298 line from 2018. The lazy way to look at this would be to say that Fowler's success is from his .407 batting average on balls in play and just write it off as pending regression and move on. After all, his walk rate and strikeout rates are nearly identical to where he was last year. That said, maybe there is something else besides luck that has caused Fowler's BABIP to nearly double from the .210 number it was last year?

StatCast says that Fowler is overachieving out of the gate as his actual results are outpacing the quality of his contact. If we look at his hard-hit rate at StatCast, he had a 28 percent hard-hit rate last season, and that rate is at 31

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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