Other than following the adjustment made by promoted players, the past week was on the whole one relatively lacking in newsworthy highlights. But we’re almost three weeks into May which means the monthly end points can serve as a starting point for looking for trends in performance.
Look no further than Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. He literally peaked (so far of course) on the last day of April and hasn’t had a multi-hit game even once in May. His OPS was a ridiculous 1.178 in 12 April games, it’s been .506 in 15 May games. Has anyone told these guys the calendar end-point is completely arbitrary? And then there’s Anthony Alford. He almost perfectly nailed the calendar split. His BA bottomed out at .131 on April 27. He went 1 for 4 on the next day, his last game in April, and has so far hit .250 for the month of May. His May OPS is .762, up from an embarrassing .499 in April. Reportedly he’s put a good bit of work into fixing flaws that crept into his swing but he’s not up to Top Prospect production levels yet so it’s a work in progress still. But at least that 12 game 1/37 slump is …
Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation