Re: Gordon Edes says bat Crawford 2nd
posted at 3/1/2012 5:36 PM EST
1) We may lose by one game again this year. The experiment may help us do it again.
I wouldn't call it an experiment, but it’s a valid point. Every run helps.
2) What are you hoping will happen? CC have his best career year vs LHPs this year?
Better to expect his career norm or slightly better and be wise about it.
I'm hoping for better than career norm numbers. I don’t expect him to suddenly own LHP, but I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility for him to have his best year against LHP. He’s made a tweak to his stance, and as I’ve stated before, hitting with Ells in front of him and all those great hitters behind him should help. Part of a manager’s job is to put the players in a position where they can succeed.
3) With all due respect, the comfort argument is thin. To make CC feel comfy, we risk making Pedey, AGon, Youk, and Papi uncomfy by moving them to unfamilar slots, and wondering what they did to be demoted. What if they start "pressing too hard" to try and win back their deserved slot?
Fair point, but the only one of those 4 that I would be the least bit concerned about feeling uncomfortable would be Papi. IMO, we need Crawford to feel comfortable and confident, not just for this year, but for the long haul. He also needs to feel like he has a defined role or a spot in this line up. How many times has he heard that he wasn’t/isn’t a good fit for this team? That may be true, but he’s here on a long term contract, so the team should do what they can to make him feel otherwise as soon as possible.
4) CC is not that much of a better baserunner (if at all) than Pedey, and when we are talking LHPs, CC's speed in highly minimized by the fact that he won't be on base enough to make a difference.
While I like the idea of having speed at the top of the line up, I don’t believe I have ever given Crawford’s speed a reason for I like Crawford hitting 2nd. I actually feel there is a strong argument for putting a speedy guy in front of you singles hitters at the bottom of the line up versus putting him in front of the power guys. OTOH, you also don’t want your speedy guys hitting behind the likes of Gonzalez and Papi.
Vs RHPs an argument can be made, but vs LHPs the answer is clear: he barely even belongs in the line-up at all. I say that with all seriousness. DMac has a 100 point OPS advantage on CC vs LHPs. The only 3 hitters on the probable opening day roster who are close or worse than CC vs LHPs are Sweeney, Salty & Punto.
I understand your opinion there, but whether he belongs in the line up or not, the chances of him being a platoon player are nil. I understand that you want your best hitters at the top of the line up, getting the most at bats. Like I said, I won’t complain if Crawford is hitting 6th or lower, but IMO, he will be a better hitter if he bats 2nd.