Over 600 PA's the gap would be huge, 183 K's for Rizzo, 97 for Alonso. Think Byrnes did well making that switch. It's worth noting that Adrian Gonzalez got his strikeout rate into Alonso territory only in his last two years in San Diego.
Alonso very well could be viewed as the teams best hitter by years end and really seems like a better fit in the 3-spot than Headley based on the type's of hitter each is. Headley has a lot of fans in the 2-hole, but I think that is in large part to the teams shortcoming's at the top of lineup in years past then Headley being perfectly suited for the spot. The OBP would definitely work but the strikeout's and average at best speed seems like he's more a #6 hitter on a good team.
So is Volquez prime deadline bait or a piece to keep for next year and possibly beyond?
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... 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're right about "power". I'd be looking for guys who can get to the wall. For me the difference is that I'd be willing to trade some OBP to do it. I wouldn't overpay, but somebody like... more
Wouldn't bringing in the outfielders like that play well into the teams hands? Less reaction time to stop a ball down the lines and to the gaps. It's not like were talking about a bunch of Luis... 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
I don't think I follow on Cashner. He's striking out a decent amount of guys, which is the single most important metric. It's early to make any definitive judgment - but he's certainly not striking... 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