You should be sold on Giambi. He is now tied with A-Rod for the best OPS in the AL at .998. Since his OBP is better than A-Rod's (and SLG obviously worse) and OBP is more important than SLG, it can be argued that he has been the best hitter. He certainly has been the best hitter in the league in the last 2 months. His July numbers are just mind boggling. He hit .355/.524/.974/1.498!!!!
Bonds has rarely had a month with a 1.498. That is literally off the charts!
I also was dead wrong on him. In ST, I though he would be OK, but not a big factoor in the power game. More like low 20's in HR's, tops. But a decent average, and a fair number of RBIs.
In April/May, I was begging for a buyout.
He is way better then I thought. I think he has a fair shot at 30 HRs, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 RBIs, which would be a major accomplishment from where he was on Memorial Day. He should hit in the .280 - .300 area. His OBP should be north of .425.
You gotta tip your hat to him. He also is being tested for blood every month, from his thyroid isse, and I gotta believe he is well watched for steroids. And still he has woken up.
Torre was right. The "upside" with Giambi is hugh.