Man... another rough one. Agreed on Alsonso. He just doesn't look like much of an athlete. He does seem to have a pretty good approach at the plate.
The problem with dealing Headley is that he's never going to get full credit for his offense playing at Petco. The guy's a pretty good ballplayer. I wouldn't trade him unless I was dealing him to a team that valued him at park-adjusted stats. And that's going to be hard to find. The Red Sox always seemed like a reasonable fit though. And obviously the Cubs.
Has anybody throwing as hard as Andrew Cashner ever been easier to hit? My goodness. It's like watching Marc Kroon. I can see why the Cubs were so frustrated with him. I think I'd give him a chance to start to see what happens when he tires out a little bit. At least on the first impression, he's just not going to throw it past everybody.
Alonso's defense has a ways to go. Rizzo to me looked close to Adrian's equal in actions with more athleticism (pretty optimal combo). I am liking Alonso's approach at the plate. Shooting balls the... more
Comparing Alonso this year to Rizzo last year and boy, it really shows the value of simply putting the bat on the ball and having the ability to smack a lot of singles and doubles. Alonso - 111 PA,... more
Alonso's going to have to hit a lot more singles and doubles to make up for his lack of HRs. It's far from clear that his ability to put the ball in play makes him a better 1b, especially given the... more
It's not like Alonso hasn't made adjustments, he has, something Rizzo wasn't able to do at all last year. Clearly he didn't look ready, but when a guy hits as well as he did at AAA and then struggles ... more
I don't know if this is Mark's point or not, but it's hard for me to pin a 14 game hot streak on Alonso making adjustments. In 14 games a couple of bloop doubles, like the one he dinked into RF... more
I don't know if you are watching more games now then you were in years past, but he's getting some pretty nice hits. There will never be another Tony Gwynn, but Alonso's approach at the plate seems... more
I see an ISO of .101 for Alonso. He'd sure as heck better have a Gwynn-ish batting average for that to be tolerable. I expect he's got better (than he has been, not than Gwynn) in him, but a 115 OPS+ ... more
Ive got very little to support it, but yonder reminds me of hal Morris. So, that's not quite as flattering as Wally Joyner. As you suggest now - and I think many of us felt at the time - moving rizzo ... more
Speaking of former Reds, we could go Sean Casey, except not so much batting average. The 99-2000 versions, that's good. The fallen-and-I-can't-get-up model that followed for several seasons, not so... more
I think you nailed it about players that put the ball in play being more valuable at Petco then any other park. Guys who can put the ball in play at a high frequency, take a walk at a league average... more
Chase-While I agree that those last 14 games look awfully nice, I wonder how sustainable that .340BA happens to be. I mean, those OBP and SLUG numbers are also really BA driven. It'll be interesting... more
Alonso's approach, both in contact and limited amount of strikeout's seems to bode well in the average department. Wouldn't bet on him surpassing a .450 slg% playing for the Padres. Could see his obp ... more
I'm not sure finding a team that see's him for what he is would be that daunting of a task, it's not like were talking about an arbitration panel held up soley on batting average, homerun's and... more