Sandy Alderson has been CEO of the San Diego Padres for a little over three years now. We pretty much knew what Sandy's philosphy concerning baseball was when he was hired...and it hasn't changed since. Love it or hate it, Sandy had great success with it during his tenure up in Oakland. From an offensive standpoint, his philosphy seems pretty basic and fairly easy to understand. Correct me if I'm wrong...but from what I've read and heard from him, Sandy looks for four simple tasks from his team offensively:
- Take some pitches...make pitchers work.
- Draw walks.
- Avoid bad strikeouts.
- If you're going to make an out, make it a productive out.
So, if we can all agree that's pretty close to what Sandy wants and preaches...let's take a look back at the embarrassment that happened at Coors Field last night.
1. Take some pitches...make pitchers work.
Aaron Cook threw a complete game, shutout...throwing just 79 pitches at Coors Field. No one was taking pitches last night. One batter (Giles in the 1st inning) got to a count with 3 balls...ONE. In a team total of 30 at-bats...batters swung at the first pitch 10 times. Of the 30 at-bats last night...23 of them were 3 pitches or less. Not to single anybody out, but E-Gon saw only eleven pitches total in his 4 at-bats. As Cook pointed out after the game "I know this team,” he said of the Padres. “I’ve seen this team a lot. I know they are going to be aggressive. I know they are looking early.”
2. Draw walks.
We didn't draw a single walk last night. As previously stated, one batter reached a three-ball count. Enough said.
3. Avoid bad strikeouts.
We only had four strikeouts last night, which is actually pretty good for us this season. But two of them (Edgar) were of the three pitch variety. And the other two were 4 pitches and 5 pitches.
4. If you're going to make an out, make it a productive out.
We hit into two double-plays last night (Kouz & Giles)...both inning enders. We had five hits last night (all singles) and after each hit the next batter made an out that failed to advance the runner.
On all four points we failed miserably in every aspect. You can say it's just one game we're looking at here...but it's been like this all season. Especially with the strikeouts. Sandy is the boss and the organization is supposed to be following his lead; his philosphy. But what about last night's game...or even this entire season, reflects Sandy Alderson?
One of two things is happening here...and neither one of them is any good.
1. Bud and the rest of the coaching staff are ignoring what Sandy wants and either using their own philosphy...or allowing the players to do whatever the hell they want when they get to the plate.
2. Bud and his coaching staff are pounding the philosphy into the players and the players are tuning them out and doing whatever the hell they want when they get to the plate. And if this is the case, why aren't there reprecussions? This reminds me of the situation last season with Marcus Giles. The things that got Marcus ripped, benched and eventually let go are the EXACT same things that almost this entire team is doing on a regular basis.
Either way, Buddy, Wally and some others on that coaching staff have to be held accountable. Sandy has a plan. Somewhere along the line that plan is being ignored.