Now that his streak is over, how can Ethier be even better?
May, 9, 2011
Kathy Willens/APThe Dodgers are 4-0 when Andre Ethier homers.
Over the past 24 hours, I've seen speculation that the end of the hitting streak will make Ethier a more productive hitter, on the theory that he won't afraid to swing for the fences and give the Dodgers the power they desperately need. (Ethier's home run was his fourth of the season in 34 games.) I don't want to dismiss the theory out of hand, but it strikes me as a bit hard to believe. Let's just say that if Ethier becomes even more productive, that'll be something.
During the streak, Ethier had a .462 on-base percentage and .560 slugging percentage (1.022 OPS). Those 30 games were not cheap ones and shouldn't be dismissed. If he can do better than that, more power to him (figuratively and literally).