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 against the Marlins, loom awfully large. Even if he has adjusted, he's more than 2 years older than Rizzo, he should adapt more quickly.
I'd be a lot more comfortable with Alonso's Joyner-esque offensive profile if he had a Joyner-esque glove. He needs to swap out his roller skates for cleats.
The larger issue, from the standpoint of the team's future, is why Byrnes felt the need to move Rizzo when he did. For Cashner? Rizzo is a good bet to hit 35-40 HR in the minors.
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 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
Not if the hitters don't have the power to do it. I'm not talking about playing on the rover line, but when the air holds those balls up, and the Padres are running a bunch of underpowered players to ... 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
He's allowed runs in only 4 of his 16 outings, with his outing on Saturday being the only one in which he gave up more then 1 run. Opponents hit .175/.313/.325 off him in April. He has an era of 1.94 ... 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