you can have a great season, sure... but alex isn't having a great season (as you suggest). great may be used by some due to how horrible he was prior to this year (relative to his past failures, this seems great for alex). but yes... agreed... good to very good... not great. great should have you in the all star game -- without even the need for a fan vote on the last player in.
anyhow... i'm super happy for alex. it's good to see him doing what we all thought he would do. i'm hopeful that 2011 is the basement of his potential moving forward.