Seriously, he has the uggliest bunt ever. Isn't it always a pop fly when he tries?! Regardless, he is your SB answer as he gets 3 or so a week as of late. But, he has to get on base to heed any help. If you have the depth in average and hits you can afford Willy on your team for SBs.
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i really don't get that. If you've got sick speed and are a leadoff hitter, shouldn't you be trying to pull an Ichiro and have an OBA of .500, even if that means walking, bunting, hitting grounders to third, and slapping singles in the gap, but never hitting something into the outfield? I just don't get it.
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CBMGreatOne wrote:Ok, only because this is clearly the worst confusion I've seen between two players in a long time, I will shed some light on this.
Astros CF = Willy TaVERAS
Cardinals RP = Julian TaVAREZ
Ta-vair-us and Ta-vahr-ez, see the difference?
Unfortunately just about everyone on television trying to talk about Willy gets the name wrong too, notably including Chip Caray and most everyone on baseball tonight/sportscenter. I am just trying to educate so us Cafe boys don't sound ignorant.
At this point, both are almost worthless. So I think the point is moot.
Except in dollar value right now he's ranked right near players such as Javy Lopez, Jose Reyes, Chase Utley, Hideki Matsui, and Corey Patterson. (He's above all in the place I frequent). And that's if you start him against lefties. As a platoon player he's more valuable per game than that.
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i am only holding on for the potential steals as my team is extremely weak in speed and there is nobody on the ww that has the potential that taveras does. i picked up counsell for pete's sake for more steals at ss. i hate to keep players on my team just on potential but at this point i don't have a choice. besides, the astros suck and they don't have any reason to not play taveras right now and get him the experience.
Just based on watching him in about 7-8 games, I like his approach. He isn't going good right now but he isn't catching any breaks either. Also, I think he leads the NL in infield hits so I think he does have a little bit of that small ball in him.
That said, not sure how long the leash is with him.