I thought he had made a full recovery. But this is the 3rd straight day that Desi Relaford is getting the start over him. What is going on here, he was supposed to be my platoon partner wih Mike Lowell? Anyone have a scoop that hasn't been mentioned yet?
Thanks for the help.
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Ditto.... Anybody know what's going on? In a weekly league, I've got Barmes, Hawpe and Atkins going for this 7 game stretch at Coors, but Atkins has been almost a no-show. Why's he riding the pine? He wasn't hitting atrociously or anything in his first few games back.
RotoWorld from yesterday (I'm sure you've seen it....frustrating for us Atkins owners):
"Garrett Atkins is out of the lineup in favor of Desi Relaford for the second straight game today.
No injury has been reported. Atkins has struggled in 12 games since coming off the disabled list, but so what? The whole team is struggling, and Atkins, as much as any hitter on the roster, needs to play. If he had received 80 percent of his at-bats at Coors Field instead of on the road so far, his numbers would be fine and manager Clint Hurdle wouldn't be sitting him."
Part of the issue with Atkins is his lack of defensive prowess. He's a converted 1B, and he's WAY below average at 3B. So if he's not hitting, he's not playing. Fact is, he's little more than a decent gap hitter with no speed and less than adequate CI power. Plus, he's not likely to be part of this team's future unless they move him back across the diamond as Ian Stewart is going to eventually take over 3B.
Ian Stewart is 20 years old, is currently playing Single A ball where he has 15Ks in 37ABs which contributes to his .189 BA. He was great last year (.319 with 30HRs at Single A) but is at least 2 seasons away from the majors. Atkins shouldn't be dismissed that quickly. He hit .366 with 15HR, 88R, 94 RBI in 445 ABs at AAA last season. Yes, I know it was at altitude in Col Springs but so is Denver where he plays now. His fielding is weak but he's only made 1 error in the 10 games he's started. If Hurdle gives him a chance, he can be a real contributor. No way Relaford is a better choice til Stewart does finally arrive.
Sounds like manager of the year, Clint Hurdle, is messing with this kid. The kid knows how to hit, Hurdle should just leave him alone and let him play everyday. The Rockies aren't going anywhere this year and Desi Relaford is not the future. Get your head out of your butt Hurdle.
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