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I dont see how pushing him up to the lead off spot would help in the long run, and either way your hurting the team cuz you cant forget that JP is battin' .340 ish.

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Castillo is only a career .300 hitter. And he sees more pitches. They're so similar it really doesn't matter.

 

But I would have JP lead-off for the simple fact that he can steal bases better than Louie now.

 

Let's say Louie is leading-off and he get's a hit. Then JP get's a hit. JP can't steal. Before, with him leading-off, you know he was a threat to steal. And he can steal third too. It takes pressure off the pitcher because Louie is not as fast anymore.

 

SUMMARY: JP = Lead-off.

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Luiy can't steal? I remember him stealing a lot with a healthy hip.

 

Anyways if JP gets to a single to the outfield Luiy will be on third and JP can steal second all he wants.

Exactly. With a healthy hip. Since the hip surgery he hasn't been as great.

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I liked Loui leading off. Pierre knows hwo to execute that hit and run to perfection. The second baseman has to keep loui honest and go for the bag to cover in case of a steal which almost always leaves JP that whole between second and first which he CAN hit pretty consistently as we saw yesterday. It's almost guarnteed to have men on first and third with no outs in that situation. JP can still steal the bag and put 2 runners in scoring position. I like it! =)

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Theres arguments for both of them, pierre is the better base stealer now, but castillo can still run. The thing is pierre puts the ball in play more, so if castillo is on base, you can execute hit and runs and know that the ball will come into play. Plus is luis gets to second base, pierre who has been swinging a hot bat has an rbi chance with a hit. So they should alternate and see whats working better.

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Theres arguments for both of them, pierre is the better base stealer now, but castillo can still run. The thing is pierre puts the ball in play more, so if castillo is on base, you can execute hit and runs and know that the ball will come into play. Plus is luis gets to second base, pierre who has been swinging a hot bat has an rbi chance with a hit. So they should alternate and see whats working better.

We saw a perfect example of that last night in the first inning when Pierre executed the hit and run perfectly.

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I think you leave Castillo at the 1st spot after last nights performance, you want to try to continue with the spark we got last night.

 

Castillo and JP are practically equal except that JP can steal a little better right now than Castillo and Castillo has more power from the right side when facing a lefty.

 

I say leave him at the 1st spot of the order until we face a lefty which will probably be Randy.

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I would like to continue to see Castillo on the leadoff spot for now. Castillo has been producing a lot of DPs. JP usualy pulls the balls to Right, making the DP a bit more dificult. He also has more chances to produce infield hits when bunting.

 

Lowell should be kept at the 3rd hole, and leave Choi at the 7th spot for now.

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McKeon also plans to stick with Luis Castillo leading off and Juan Pierre batting second. For the second time this year, Castillo was ahead of Pierre.

 

"Luis takes a lot more walks," McKeon said. "Nothing wrong with not walking, but Luis takes them deep into counts. Every once in a while, I switch them around. They both can hit-and-run. We're going to try something different. Everybody can hit and run."

 

http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/...s_fla&fext=.jsp

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I've always thought leading off with Luis makes more sense. The only concern is that JP is a little more of a spark plug, and it's nice to start off games with him hitting.

 

But beyond that...

 

1. Luis gets on base more (over his career, not this season)

 

2. JP strikes out less, tends to make better contact.

 

3. I still think JP is faster, but Luis seems to be running a little better this season that last.

 

4. JP drives the ball more and is probably better at advancing runners and knocking them in.

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I was thinking today there's another good reason to bat Luiy ahead of Pierre. Outfielders fear JP. They know he can beat out their throws, but they think they have a decent chance at Luiy (yea right, maybe last year, not this year) so they'll more likely try to throw Luiy out and the lead runner has a good chance of moving up a base as well.

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