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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:33 pm 
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Give it a season and see how he does. What's to lose? It is the perfect scenario for it. Who else has a lock on the 3 spot? 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Give it a season and see how he does. What's to lose? It is the perfect scenario for it. Who else has a lock on the 3 spot? 8-) 8-) 8-)

I understand that this team isn't ready to challenge for a playoff spot, but why piss away all the runs that McCutchen would score leading off? He's never going to bat third on a decent team, because teams with guys like him batting third aren't decent. Batting him third basically eliminates base stealing from his arsenal.

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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:08 am 
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sisyphus wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Give it a season and see how he does. What's to lose? It is the perfect scenario for it. Who else has a lock on the 3 spot? 8-) 8-) 8-)

I understand that this team isn't ready to challenge for a playoff spot, but why piss away all the runs that McCutchen would score leading off? He's never going to bat third on a decent team, because teams with guys like him batting third aren't decent. Batting him third basically eliminates base stealing from his arsenal.


It would be nice to see what Tabata can do in the leadoff spot and Walker 2nd...I think Walker fits well in the 2nd spot and both of them will give McCutchen to drive in some runs and still use his speed

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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:25 am 
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How about when two are out and he singles allowing him to steal second putting himself in scoring position for the 4 hole? 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:05 pm 
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nad69dan wrote:
sisyphus wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
Give it a season and see how he does. What's to lose? It is the perfect scenario for it. Who else has a lock on the 3 spot? 8-) 8-) 8-)

I understand that this team isn't ready to challenge for a playoff spot, but why piss away all the runs that McCutchen would score leading off? He's never going to bat third on a decent team, because teams with guys like him batting third aren't decent. Batting him third basically eliminates base stealing from his arsenal.


It would be nice to see what Tabata can do in the leadoff spot and Walker 2nd...I think Walker fits well in the 2nd spot and both of them will give McCutchen to drive in some runs and still use his speed

McCutchen will be on first with some combination of Alvarez, Jones and/or Overbay coming up. All lefties, and none of those guys is going to be taking strikes to give him a chance to steal, nor should they be. Walker has as much power as McCutchen (at least), but less speed. I like last year's top three just fine. McCutchen has a chance to develop into a great leadoff hitter. He's never going to be more than adequate batting third.

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 Post subject: Re: Saturday, February 26, 2011 Pirates vs Rays
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
How about when two are out and he singles allowing him to steal second putting himself in scoring position for the 4 hole? 8-) 8-) 8-)

He won't be stealing. He'll be glued to first, opening up the hole for whatever lefthander is batting cleanup.

Look at Andy Van Slyke's stolen base numbers. Switch him with Bonds in the lineup and Van Slyke steals 35-40 a year instead of 15-20, and Bonds runs way, way less.

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