It’s been a week since the first installment of “Tracking Wilkerson’s K’s,” so it’s time for the first update.

Brad Wilkerson continued his torrid strikeout pace this week as he racked up 8 more to stay atop the major league leader board. He’s up to 31 Ks on the young season, but Adam Dunn managed to cut the lead this week from 5 to 4. One bright side is that, while Wilkerson continues to strike out way too much, he is now on pace for just 264 strikeouts this year, down from his 287 pace last week.

Richie Sexson also gained a lot of ground on Wilkerson this week. He’s up to 26 Ks.

While setting himself down on 8 strikeouts this week, Wilkerson went just 3-for-16 (.188) with one homerun, two RBIs and four runs. He also walked 4 times to maintain a disappointing 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio and managed to get just 6 total bases. His performance this past week included one hat trick on Thursday on an 0-for-4 outing against Seattle.

Wilkerson’s batting average got at high as .200 this week before settling back down to .186, up just one point from last week. One bright spot is his one-base percentage. His OBP improved to from .214 to .260 this week. Hopefully that’s a sign of better things to come, as that’s the one thing on offense the Rangers could really use from him.


Sun 04/23/06, 3:55 pm EST



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