He is a rook and a lot of people had unrealistic expectations. He didn't look that good to me today against Burnett. It's too early to call him a bust for sure but most rooks have up/down type seasons. Give him some time.
Mugrila wrote:First and foremost, we're a week into the season. He's seen one weeks worth of major league pitching. To add to that, he's seen Schilling, Beckett, DiceK, Verlander, Bonderman, and AJ Burnett. He's a rookie facing some really solid MLB pitchers. 1 week.
I'll attribute some of his struggles to that, but also some to what davidmarver said (he's just not ready).
He shouldn't have been a lock starter in most leagues anyways, he's a bench guy unless your in a deeper league. Anyways though, as it's been said the season is young, and he's going through a combination of changes, don't lose faith just yet.
Wharton93 wrote:His BABIP is .076; typical for a hitter is closer .290. He is, in additional to facing some very tough pitchers, experiencing a bit of bad luck. AJ Burnett gave up 3 hits last night--lots of oh-fers.
That's a bit misleading--Burnett was having some serious control issues early in that game, the Royals loaded the bases in both the 2nd and 3rd innings, just couldn't get a clutch hit. In fact, Gordon was the guy who ended the 3rd inning, I'm sure everyone in the park was delighted he was the guy at bat. If Gordon gets a hit there then the entire game is probably different; instead it was really over at that point, and Burnett started getting into a groove after that.
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Inukchuk wrote:It's strange how the Royals rushed Gordon up, but seem to be coddling Butler in the minors. If Alex continues to struggle, I think a trip to AAA would do him a ton of good.
And it would also give me a chance to cash in on post hype sleeper potential.
Butler is a better hitter although most people will disagree with me. Gordon is a better overall player and Butler is average at best on defense, the reason why he is being held back.
If Gordon continues to struggle in the next couple of weeks, then I can't imagine they will keep him up. It took him a bit to adjust at AA last season so I do think he will turn it around at some point. But a lot of people did have unrealistic expectations for him.