Re: Is It Time To Move Mike Napoli Down in Order?
posted at 8/6/2013 1:03 AM EDT
In response to ADG's comment:
Moon - He is .060 below his career OPS, he has already surpassed his career K's. This thread isn't about removing him from the lineup, it's from keeping him in the 5th hole.
In his last 11 games, he has 0 home runs, and 1 RBI. Enough said.
Cherry-picking sample sizes is easy, so saying "enough said" is not helping the debate. He has 1 HR and 2 RBI in the last 12 games, 4 Hrs and 8 RBI in his last 19 games.
And, follow your same argument (not mine) through. The guy (Carp) everyone wants up instead of Napoli has 0 HR and 3 RBI his last 10 games.
I was at the game tonight. Napoli hit the ball hard 3 times, but everyone will only remember the big K.
Besides, I said I was OK moving him down vs RHPs, but I doubt Carp will instill any more fear than Naps when a pitcher is facing Papi.
One reason I wanted us to push hard for J Upton (career .900+ vs RHPs and .800+ vs RHPs) or Wil Myers (over .820 vs RHPs and LHPs in a small sample thus far) was our big weakness vs LHPs.
I suggested we pick up a platoon bat at the deadline (3B).
My point has been that just because Napoli has been put in a slot he is not good enough at this moment to thrive does not mean he is the weakness. The weakness is that we have too few choices when we face a lefty and no true #5 hitter when we face a righty.
At the start of this year, I suggested batting Papi 3rd and Pedey 4th. Pedey has had great success up 4th in a somewhat limited sample size. He's our best bet at protecting Papi, especially vs LHPs, and except for this year, has hit RHPs pretty well. Papi up 3rd also gets him a few more PAs over a season and gets him up in the first inning everytime. Just a thought.
(Note: some posters are calling for his benching, but they need to look at what some other hitters are doing this year and over the last 2-4 weeks, before they throw stones.)