Going into last night Adam LaRoche was "hitting" .000. He had a walk so he didn't have the straight donut special but .000 / .071 / .000 had people worried. Shouldn't we have kept Morse!?!?!
Last night LaRoche hits two bombs crucial in winning a one-run game. His line goes up to .118 / .167 / .471. Not great obviously but let's say tonight he has a good night and goes 3-4 (3 singles) and a walk. Suddenly his line is .238 / .308 / .524. Not only is no one talking about how "bad" LaRoche is, he is suddenly the best hitter in the infield.
LaRoche went 4 games without a hit. That happens all the time. Everyone (except 30 game Ramos) had 3 game hit-less stretches last year. The few that didn't have 4 game stretches with no hits, had 4 game stretches with 1. The timing of this makes it worse that it actually is.
We want to try to make something of this but we can't. We can't make anything big of Soriano or Clippard's struggles. We can't worry yet about Zimm's lack of homers. But this works in reverse. Werth's 3 homers doesn't mean he's hitting 30 this year. Span's .480 OBP doesn't mean he's suddenly the world's best leadoff man. Ramos and Suzuki aren't going to be platooning in the All-Star game.
This all makes blogging tough but it should make enjoying the game easier. It's Opening Day every day. No worries. No player expectations. Not this early.