Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Giants Looking for a 3 or 5 Hole Hitter
Other stuff: Safeco has one of the biggest outfields of all Major League parks and particularly devastates right-handed power hitters (*). It is a terrible HR hitting park and a bad run scoring park in every way. Lastly, despite the large deal he fell into after having a breakout walk-season as a young Dodger, he is often condsidered an underrated player. His overrated status was due largely to the contract he received from Seattle. Adrian is still just 29 years old which makes him still within the prime years of most position players.
(*) - Beltre doesn't enjoy Safeco.
Year (OBP, SLG, OPS) HR
Home: 2007 (.319, .426, .745) 11
Away: 2007 (.320, .538, .858) 15
Home: 2008 ( .303, .400, .703) 10
Away: 2008 (.349, .512, .861) 15
Downside: I see two major drawbacks (or warts as Sabean would say). 1) He is coming off an injury plagued season and thus there is a risk of injury. 2) He deos accumulate quite a few strikeouts and has a track record as a free swinger. Seeing yet another player flail at down and away sliders (Rowand anyone?) might make Giants fans cringe.
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