So, if it was mid June and he was still struggling vs righties and was providing next to nothing on offense, you guys think it would have been a poor idea to cut him at that time?
His OPS for the month of May was under 600. His OPS, overall, entering June was 676.
And here is what I said in my article from late May:
The conventional wisdom is that he will start to hit righties and all will be well with him. After all, his worst OPS vs. righties since 2012 is 770. You figure that he will be fine, hit them at a solid enough level for a platoon and give you a lot of power at the bottom of the lineup. But what if he doesn’t? Currently, his OPS vs. righties is 678. He has 2 homers, 6 doubles and has walked 13 times. The walks are nice but the rest isn’t going to cut it. He can’t help you vs. lefties, he’s slow and his defense isn’t good. In other words, if he isn’t hitting righties, especially with power, he is worthless to the team. He has 6 hits this month. SIX! The question is what would you replace him with? Well, Christian Walker and Trey Mancini are currently struggling a bit in AAA. Still, they could potentially be options for you. Also, this team does need to make a move for a legit corner OFer IMO. That is also something that could happen, as a way to replace him. I don’t think Alvarez should be cut tomorrow but I am only willing to give another few weeks before I start to think he needs to be DFA.
That's the big number. If that had continued and he didn't hit, you guys (the same schizos who cry every day for this guy or that guy to be traded or released because he goes 0-4) would have said to keep putting him out there?