Re: Gordon Edes says bat Crawford 2nd
posted at 2/26/2012 1:15 AM EST
I would use CC in the #1 slot in the line up as the table setter against RHP leave him there against LHP unless he proves he can't hit LHP this year. If he can't put him in the 9th hole, but don't flip him around the line up like a rag doll if he gets off to a slow start.
How many seasons and PAs will it take to convince you that CC can not hit LHPs well. Every hitter will have spikes and valleys.
He's played over 8 full seasons, and suddenly will learn how to hit lefties consistently?
Career: .262/.308/.375/.684 in almost 1,800 PAs.
02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
.764 .776 .704 .696
I guess he could pull a Papi, but I don't see why we want to experiment putting him up 2nd vs LHPs, when we have many players that have performed vs LHPs for several recent years. Should Papi and Youk be demoted to 5th and 6th, so we can pray CC has a season like 2007 with a .350 OBP?
Isn't it much more likely he will be around a .310 OBP & .390 Slg% vs LHPs?
CC should bat 6th vs RHPs and 9th vs LHPs at best. Batting him 2nd has some merit vs RHPs only, since Youk vs RHPs batting 6th is not unwarranted.
(Or we could flip Pedey and AGon, but I am from the school of batting your best overall hitter 3rd... that would be AGon vs RHPs, and Youk or Pedey vs LHPs)
I still think CC's numbers vs LHPs looks like a platoon waiting to happen, so batting him 9th vs most LHPs is the right thing to do.
It won't happen though. Money talks....even to Bobby V.