benjapage wrote:here's a selection from a piece i submitted to a local publication a couple days ago:
The Texas Rangers’ Alfonso Soriano is –after a very recent trade– my second baseman. He is currently batting a mere .279 average with 6 home runs and 5 stolen bases. At this pace, he will end up with 19 home runs and 16 stolen bases. These numbers are better than decent, but pale in comparison to his previous 2-year average production of .295, 39 home runs and 41 stolen bases. His currently low production allowed me to obtain him from another owner for less than his real value. The line-up that surrounds Soriano is providing little consistent help. Pitchers are not forced to offer good pitches, because if they walk him, they are confident that the next batter will not reach base. Typically “big bashers” like Mark Teixeira (.220 average with 5 home runs) and Brad Fullmer (.215 with 5 home runs) are slumping. Even Blalock has been pretty quiet, going 5 for his last 21. When they come around, Soriano’s chances will improve. Considering that he is batting .337 in his home park, and two of the next three weeks will put him there, I am fairly certain that his outbreak is just around the corner. It also helps that he’ll be visiting Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark, where he hit .357 last year. Alfonso also enjoys Reds pitchers.
Alfonso Soriano’s numbers against the only Reds’ pitchers he has faced:
vs. Corey Lidle (.357 average through 28 at-bats with 2 home runs)
vs. Todd Jones (.500 average)
vs. Todd Van Poppel (.500 average)
vs. Danny Graves (.500 average)
I hate to disagree with you after all the effort you went through, but I will anyways.
Soriano started seriously struggling the end of last year. He is not disciplined and until he is, pitchers are going to continue to pitch around him until he stops getting himself out. Need proof?
In the last month, he has 6 walks and 27 Ks. For the season, he has 11 walks and 45 Ks. That's a 0.24 BB/K ratio. This is not good. The yankees worked with him the last two years on making him be more disciplined at the plate and nothing worked. He ended the season as the easiest out in the Yankee's line-up. Unfortunately, this has carried over into this year.
As a comparison, look at Pujols and A-Rod. (I chose them to compare because in most leagues these guys were the top 3 taken)
Pujols has 33 walks and 14 Ks. This is a 2.35 BB/K ratio.
A-Rod has 27 walks and 44 Ks. This is a 0.66 BB/K ratio. Although not great, it's still enough to keep pitchers honest.
The point is, until Soriano learns to stop swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, he's going to be his own worst enemy.