flloyd wrote:Don't know what you're talking about. He's 3/14 with 5Ks since June, 6th when he hit two homer runs. And on top of that he just hit another HR today.
You left out Stewart's 0/5 on Jun 10. After getting 2 hits early in the game on Jun 7, he had a 1-for-16 stretch before the big game yesterday. I agree Stewart is a vital part of the Rockies future... so making sure he has the best chance to develop is a high priority. I think he'll basically put a line like Bobby Crosby did in 2004 but with better power numbers due to Coors.
If the Rockies are in rebuilding mode (and going at it by giving future talent time to develop on the field) as they appear, then they really should have traded Atkins in the offseason since they have no place to play him now. By letting this play out, they're really just wasting Atkins on the bench and his trade value has got to be at an all-time low. While I don't think Atkins was ever truly as good as his 2006 numbers, his .201 BABIP and history of rapidly emerging from prolonged slumps indicate he's probably still a very capable major league hitter. But it will be hard to convince potential suitors that Atkins has any value if he's relegated to the bench.
flloyd wrote:Also having a 3-4 record against a pitcher means next to nothing.
A 3-for-4 record against a pitcher doesn't mean much, but it at least shows that the hitter doesn't have trouble picking the ball up out of the pitcher's hand. The pitcher might not have had his best stuff or command that day, but the hitter still had to be able to pick up the ball off him, which a even a minuscule sample of 4 AB's can show.