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Looking at Trends

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As we look to the excitement of the coming season I am taking a look back at the last several seasons and seeing what trends win shares can tell us. Here is a breakdown of the (rather interesting) numbers.

Player
Year . . . Win Shares

Tim Hudson
2004 . . . 16
2005 . . . 13
2006 . . . 7
 . . . he must, must turn this around.

Chuck James
2006 . . . 8
 . . . better than Hudson last year in half the time.

Andruw Jones
2004 . . . 19
2005 . . . 23
2006 . . . 25
 . . . and 05 was his almost-MVP season. How important has he become to the Braves.

Chipper Jones
2004 . . . 19
2005 . . . 20
2006 . . . 21
 . . . injuries aside he's as steady as it gets, but I'd like to see what he can do if he's heathly for a season.

Edgar Renteria
2004 . . . 16
2005 . . . 14
2006 . . . 19
 . . . he did more than rebound last year.

Adam LaRoche
2004 . . . 8
2005 . . . 12
2006 . . . 17
 . . . going in the right direction, but still not that high. He may add 10 to this number in the middle of the Pirates order.

Jeff Francoeur
2005 . . . 13
2006 . . . 16
 . . . about like LaRoche, but 05 was done in half the games as 06.

Brian McCann
2005 . . . 6
2006 . . . 24
 . . . he has become invaluable to this team. With LaRoche gone he will have to repeat his 06 performance.

Rafael Furcal
2004 . . . 21
2005 . . . 27
2006 . . . 27
 . . . that's how valuable he was/is. It's no wonder we didn't win the division without him.

Marcus Giles
2004 . . . 18
2005 . . . 25
2006 . . . 16
 . . . further proof that leadoff was a huge problem, especially compared against what Furcal did the last two years. This year can Johnson replace even Giles' production last year?

Kelly Johnson
2005 . . . 9
 . . . in less than half the games he was halfway to Giles' production in 05, but can he repeat or improve upon his performance after a year on the shelf?

Willy Aybar
2004 . . . 6
2005 . . . 4
2006 . . . 2
 . . . perhaps not as good as we've been led to believe.