Alfonzo: Getting it together

Historically, Alfonzo has performed notably better during the second-half of the season, and his 2003 numbers are showing to be no different. He does the job that's expected of him, and most of his struggles come with no one else on-base. He hits amazingly well with RISP, and that's just what the Giants need him to do.

Edgardo Alfonzo didn't start off well, and there is no denying this. He was hitting .167 coming into May. By the all-star break, he had brought his average up to .234, but he still hadn't made the recovery people were hoping for. But now, he finally seems to be locked in.

Pre All-Star

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
318
30
75
14
2
5
33
33
24
.234
.311
.340
.351

Post ALl-Star

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
106
10
33
5
0
2
23
9
6
.311
.362
.415
.777

He has improved quite a bit since the All-Star break. He has driven in 23 RBIs in his lat 106 at-bats, compared to 33 in his first 318. That is a great example of his improved production. There is a 126-point discrepancy between his two OPS numbers. He is a different player when one looks at the Post All-Star numbers. Of course, how are his overall numbers? That is an important question as well. While his recent performance has been very pleasing, it would be more enjoyable to notice the results in how they have increased his overall stats, not just the difference between the old numbers and the new ones.

Full Season (As of Aug 24.):

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
4243
40
32
19
2
7
56
42
30
.255
.324
.358
.682

There are noticeable effects of his recent performance. His batting average has jumped up 21 points since the all-star break, and his OPS has gone up an impressive 31. While this is still an off-year for Alfonzo compared to his numbers over his previous season, that is no reason to conclude it has been a bad season.

Alfonzo has mainly been in the 5-7 spots of the Giants batting order. The job of that area of the batting order is to drive in runners and perform well with runners in scoring position. Let's see how Alfonzo fits into his job descrpition.

*None On:

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
230
1
50
8
2
1
1
18
19
.217
.277
.283
.560

Runners On:

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
190
39
57
11
0
6
55
24
11
.301
.376
.451
.827

RISP:

AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
110
34
33
9
0
4
50
16
8
.300
.370
.487
.857

*The reason that Alfonzo only has one run with none on is because the only way he can score a run with no one on is by driving himself in.

Clearly, Alfonzo thrives with runners on. And that is a very good thing. No, he's not very good at leading off an inning. But that's really not his job. His job is to drive others in, and he does that quite well. Overall statistics are important, yes, but what is more important is how well they do what's expected of them. If Alfonzo was expected to get things going and be a "table-setter" he would be doing very poorly. But since he's the guy who clears the table off, his amazing abilities to hit with RISP overshadow the fact that he struggles with no one else on.

And this is a career thing. He's always done much better with runners on than with no one on. Alfonzo will have success in his years as a Giant. His clutch hitting is good evidence of that.


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