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Mauer's disappointing season, not his fault

Joe Mauer has reverted to his old long ball production numbers.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer is having a "typical" Mauer season - batting .328 with 67 runs, seven home runs and 63 RBIs through August 14th. Yet to most fantasy owners, who drafted him as the 14th overall selection, Mauer has not lived up to their expectations. The fault, however, lies with those expectations, not Mauer's on-field performance.

That's because fantasy owners saw last year's remarkable season as just the first of many similar years. In 2009, Mauer didn't play his first game until May 1st (due to a bad back), yet posted career highs in HR, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS and batting average. He was selected as the 2009 AL MVP.

It's the home run total that is frustrating fantasy owners in 2010. They saw the 28 home runs he bashed last year and expected that it was his new production level. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case.

Mauer, who even with the 28 HR explosion last season only averages 11-per-year, has reverted to his old long ball production numbers. There are currently 14 catchers who have hit more homers than Mauer. But again, that's not Joe's fault.

But Mauer isn't the only catcher who has disappointed fantasy owners. The man I selected as the No.1 catcher heading into the season, Victor Martinez (ADP 32), has also struggled. He's played in just 85 games after spending time on the disabled list and is batting .281 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. That's a pace well below his last year's numbers of .303, 23 HR, 108 RBI.

Other catchers who are putting up less-than-desirable numbers include: Matt Wieters, Ryan Doumit and Bengie Molina.

But Mauer, as the first catcher off the board, has garnered the most complaints among fantasy owners.

Joe Mauer Career Statistics
YearABR.HHRRBISB.AVE.OPS
2004107183361710.3080.939
200548961144955130.2940.783
200652186181138480.3470.936
20074066211976070.2930.808
20085369817698510.3280.864
200952394191289640.3651.031
20103906712876310.3280.885


Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.