Putz status uncertain, Vidro will bat third
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Baker in a pretty amazingly information-packed blog entry:
Seems that manager Mike Hargrove was a tad premature in declaring an “all clear” scenario for pitcher J.J. Putz. That’s because the team’s medical director, Dr. Edward Khalfayan, hadn’t even seen Putz’s MRI results when Hargrove spoke to us just before 9 a.m.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. As long as we’re talking about Hargrove statements that don’t turn out so well… Baker quotes Hargrove as saying “There’s a pretty good bet he’ll hit third”.
The team’s batting him #3 for his high average (.350+) and high OBP (.400+), which normally, if you thought he was going to hit that well all season, you’d put him even higher, except that Ichiro’s the leadoff hitter and Beltre, for whatever reason, does seem to hit better pushed up into the order, and they’re not going to mess with that.
So Vidro as #3.
AL #3 hitters last year hit .281/.356/.467
If the team gets 2004 Vidro, and he hits .294/.367/.454, he’ll be fine. Yeaaaaaaaaaah.
If they get the projected Vidro, will, they’re conceding some on-base and a ton of power.
Now, I don’t think lineups matter all that much, though that’s a whole other super-long post. But it seems strange, given that the team’s got a set of hitters who are consistent, good, and not injured, that you’d totally gamble like this by putting a potential out machine in the middle of the lineup. If he does an Everett, well, we know what that looks like, but if he’s awesome and you started him out at #6 or 7, then he’d still be hitting with men on base and contributing.
I don’t get it.