YardBirds wrote:Being moved in the lineup also took some of the protection that he was getting last year. Pitchers last year were more inclined to throw to him, then ARod and Co behind him, but now batting so low, they aren't throwing him nice fat pitches down the pipes anymore.
I think he was batting very low in the lineup for most, if not all, of last year. There is some truth to that though, I believe he was hitting 9th for much of the year and had protection from Damon behind him. This year he has Doug M .