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Good move. The offense was sputtering, it was time to mix it up. Lets see how it works. I'm still skeptical about Amezaga leading off full time.

 

It was sputtering because we were without both Jacobs and Willingham..

 

 

Agreed. Hopefully, this is temporary since I like Hanley leading off.

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Looks good to me. I've been thinking that Hanley's ability is being wasted in the leadoff spot. He is perfect for the third slot.

 

I also like seeing Uggla finally out of the 2nd slot. He had WAYYY too many strikeouts to be hitting 2nd. Hermida is a better choice.

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The way I see it is like this:

 

Alfredo Amezaga is NOT a leadoff hitter, but he's the best possible option because we do not have a true leadoff guy.

 

I like Hermida hitting 2nd. Hanley is best suited for the #3 hole, and Uggla at # 6 is great.

 

It's about time Fredi wised up.

 

Too bad Willingham went on the DL though :confused

 

otherwise it would be Amezaga, Hermida, Hanley, Jake, Hammer, Uggla, Cantu, Rabelo.

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How is Amezaga the closest thing we have to a true lead off guy?

 

The team hasn't had a true leadoff guy since Juan Pierre.

 

I'm guessing when Beinfest made the Beckett trade, he had plans for Hanley to be our future leadoff hitter, but it turned out he had way more power than anyone expected...so that kinda leaves us without a true leadoff hitter.

 

But that's why we got Maybin :mischief

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I'm just trying to reiterate the point I've been making all season. For a lead off hitter, on base abilities are absolutely pivotal. Amezaga in small sampling size this season has a decent OBP but his career numbers are closer to .317. Likewise for Juan Pierre, but if you look at the paradigm for his 2005-2007 seasons, his numbers are around .330.

 

Typically you want to have a minimum of .360-.370 for your lead off and number two hitters. Amezaga is far from being the closest candidate in that respect. Having Hermida hitting before Ramirez is a start, but I am wondering why Gonzalez waited until Willingham went on the DL (one of our most disciplined at the plate) before he shuffled the lineup and finally moved Ramirez third.

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As you know, Hermida turned "Patient hitter(good BB-K ratio)" to "Agressive hitter(bad BB-K ratio)" after he took the 3rd spot in 2007.

 

so, could he go back to old hitting style as a minor leaguer?

 

I just doubt about it.

 

No.2 spot was very important part of run-scored, I think.

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I'm just trying to reiterate the point I've been making all season. For a lead off hitter, on base abilities are absolutely pivotal. Amezaga in small sampling size this season has a decent OBP but his career numbers are closer to .317. Likewise for Juan Pierre, but if you look at the paradigm for his 2005-2007 seasons, his numbers are around .330.

 

Typically you want to have a minimum of .360-.370 for your lead off and number two hitters. Amezaga is far from being the closest candidate in that respect. Having Hermida hitting before Ramirez is a start, but I am wondering why Gonzalez waited until Willingham went on the DL (one of our most disciplined at the plate) before he shuffled the lineup and finally moved Ramirez third.

 

We all know that Pierre has struggled recently. I think he is only suited for a bench role now. But before his production fell off, he WAS a prototypical lead off hitter. I don't think anyone wants Pierre back (I hope), but I do would be glad to have Pierre five or six years ago back. I understand your point and agree with you; however, other than Hanley and Hermida, no one on the team has a history of high OBP. I like the lineup change despite the fact that I don't think Amezaga is perfect, mainly because I appreciate seeing Uggla move down the order. I just don't see anyway the team can meet your demands with its current personnel.

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