.318 .425 .470 .895
Guess whose numbers those are?
I don't want to start another Choo discussion. At least not to any great degree. But simply stated - this FO somehow "deluded" themselves, for what ever reason(s)... and some fans too ... in thinking (rationalizing) that losing Choo (production) wouldn't be so bad to this team in 2014, could be offset to a certain degree (not as disastrous), IF Hamilton, due to his exceptional speed on the base paths, could match just a fraction of Choo's numbers.
Subjectively - the loss of Choo, especially at lead-off, is going to weaken this offense this year. Unless some other players step up.
And that doesn't mean we can't contend, aren't going to be a competitive team... but, at least in my mind, it puts a huge question mark on this team that will only be answered as the season progresses.
Last .... we all understand it's April (and early). A lot of hitters, even established ones, struggle during this month. That's pretty much a given. And it very well could be that, as time (season) progresses, Hamilton will start to show some improvement. I'm not discounting that.
But he better.
.214 .254 .286 .540
If he is still putting up numbers similar to these, or even just a very slight improvement, say by the end of June, then this FO needs to do some "rethinking" IMO. Because at some point it's gonna start getting in that kid's head.