Well, ok. Pierre is clearly the worst out of the four but if/when the other guys are struggling while Pierre is going well, then what? You have to go with the hot hand. None of the other guys are exactly established (except Andruw) or are at superstar level.
Pierre is going to get his share of ABs whether you guys like it or not. To think otherwise is a huge mistake.
Agreed. If Pierre gets around 300 ABs and its split between Ethier or Kemp, then that would put those guys around 400-450 ABs. If he take more from one or the other, that could significantly hurt that guy. Since I think Kemp is going to rake, or at least play really well, those 450 quality ABs would still have value over someone like Ibanez or Blake.
I agree that there will be a three way ongoing battle for the starting job (not a real platoon) at the start of the season that could last a while. But I do think it should shake itself out over course of the season if players play well enough to lay claim to those slots. IMHO I expect Ethier and Kemp will play that much better then Pierre and get themselves to at least 500 ABs, but its up to them to earn those ABs, and it up to Pierre to grab those ABs back. Well see how it shakes out.
Me I think this is part of the fun of baseball, even if I have Kemp on a team, and was expecting him to be my 3rd OF.