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Somebody explain why Burnitz is not hitting cleanup in LA?

Postby kcs261 » Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:14 pm

I really don't get it. The point of the Dodgers' trade was to give Shawn Green protection. But all they've done is give LoDuca protection by batting Burnitz 5th. I really don't get it. To me, this is a bit of a buzz kill as a Green owner. It also negates some of the expectations I had about Green having a big second-half. Nobody fears the singles hitter, LoDuca, so you really can't expect Green to get better pitches to hit.
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Postby chinch sacs » Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:18 pm

I agree, it should be: Roberts, LoDuca, Green, Burnitz...so on...
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Postby Leiter Fan » Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:28 pm

A possible reason is to keep from lumping two lefthanded power hitters (Green and Burnitz) together. By having the right-handed LoDuca in the middle (who doesn't have power, but can get on base), you can go left-right-left, thus making things more difficult for opposing pitchers, especially when you get into the bullpen.
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Postby kcs261 » Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:39 pm

I suspect the lefty-right issue is it. But as a Green owner, I don't like it one bit. :-t
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Postby Madison » Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:06 am

I agree. It's the lefty-righty thing. You don't want them batting back to back toward the end of the game. The opposing manager can bring in a lefty specialist and shut both of them down. Stinks, but that's the way it looks to me.
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Postby thehat » Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:53 am

What's the difference? There's nothing to clean up.
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Postby Ousmagic » Sun Jul 27, 2003 11:50 am

burnitz stinks i wudnt want him in my cleanup spot
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Postby Super GM » Sun Jul 27, 2003 12:42 pm

thehat wrote:What's the difference? There's nothing to clean up.
:-D Haha! He's got a point, the Dodgers have scored a total of 361 runs this year! That's an impressive 29th place in the majors! Just so you can compare: The Yankees have scored 638 runs that's almost double! Ugh!
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Postby JamesBond007 » Sun Jul 27, 2003 1:04 pm

I just traded for Green in my keeper league. Got him for brad Wilkerson/rollins....and i realize he isnt gonna do much this year. for god's sake, he usually has alex cora and jolbert cabrera batting 1-2 in front of him. he has noone on base for him and no protection. my only hope is that he gets traded this offseason or the dodgers get him some help in that lineup. if not, what a waste of 40 Hr 100 rbi talent. curiously though, i think the hr potential is still there. he leads the ML in doubles so maybe its just a case of bad luck with some of them not flying out. either way, theres no way i can't keep him, but more production would sure be nice!
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Postby kcs261 » Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:21 pm

Green MAY pick it up a little bit in the second-half. But at this point, I think that people looking for a big Green explosion are dreaming of day's past. As far as I'm concerned, Green has a spot on my bench in favor of Hidalgo and Lee until I see something definitive that he is breaking out. :-C
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