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Jason Smith: 2005 Brian Roberts or 2001 Mark Grudzielanek?

Last year, Brian Roberts seemingly came out of nowhere with a scorching April for Baltimore and ended up being one of the surprises of the season as a breakthrough player. Flashback to 2001, when Mark Grudzielanek had a .537 SLG in April for the Dodgers, but then went back to being Mark Grudzielanek the rest of the year. Now Jason Smith is here, with three jacks already, is he an April fluke or is he a 2006 spook? Both Smith and Roberts are closer to typical peaks, but remember that Roberts had hit fifty doubles the year before he started launching them over the fence at a regular rate, no such history for Smith or Grudz.

2001 Mark Grudzielanek

Month G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF XI ROE GDP SB CS AVG OBP SLG

April 21 82 14 25 2 1 5 12 2 0 15 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 .305 .337 .537
May 27 99 15 32 5 0 2 12 10 0 15 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 .323 .396 .434
June 14 60 8 17 2 0 1 9 5 0 11 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 .283 .338 .367
July 25 104 16 23 3 2 1 12 3 0 14 4 1 4 0 2 3 1 0 .221 .261 .317
August 24 99 17 27 5 0 1 2 4 0 16 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 .273 .314 .354
September 20 86 12 20 4 0 3 8 3 0 10 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .233 .264 .384
October 2 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .300 .222

Brian Roberts 2005

Month AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG

April 95 21 36 3 3 8 26 14 16 0 10 1 .379 .459 .726

click here for the rest of Roberts' 2005 splits