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Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby Zito is God » Sat May 30, 2009 4:15 pm

Kemp has been disrespected by Torre all year long. This guy can hit 3-5 or leadoff Sizemore-style but today he is batting behind Mark Lorretta of all people, and 8th before the pitcher. What gives?
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby mweir145 » Sat May 30, 2009 4:24 pm

I couldn't say, but that reminds me of another Torre move that didn't make any sense: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore ... =261007106
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby hett2333 » Sat May 30, 2009 4:36 pm

Zito is God wrote:Kemp has been disrespected by Torre all year long. This guy can hit 3-5 or leadoff Sizemore-style but today he is batting behind Mark Lorretta of all people, and 8th before the pitcher. What gives?


He probably should be hitting somewhere around 5 or 6, but at this point in his career he couldn't bat leadoff. K's way to much...
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby Neato Torpedo » Sat May 30, 2009 4:48 pm

I have no friggin clue, I thought with Manny out he'd have a shot at the middle of the order. This is absolutely ridiculous.
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby dark2025 » Sat May 30, 2009 5:10 pm

Maybe he likes it there...

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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby Bloody Sox » Sat May 30, 2009 5:12 pm

mweir145 wrote:I couldn't say, but that reminds me of another Torre move that didn't make any sense: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore ... =261007106

Yeah, good point... Arod was so bad at that point he shouldn't have been in the lineup.
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby mweir145 » Sat May 30, 2009 6:41 pm

Bloody Sox wrote:
mweir145 wrote:I couldn't say, but that reminds me of another Torre move that didn't make any sense: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore ... =261007106

Yeah, good point... Arod was so bad at that point he shouldn't have been in the lineup.

What!? :-o

ARod had a .914 OPS in 2006, which ranked 3rd on the team behind Giambi and Abreu. Sure he was 1 for 11 in the first 3 games of that series, but you can't honestly believe that was a legitimate reason to move one of the greatest hitters of all time to 8th in the order? Right?
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby Bloody Sox » Sat May 30, 2009 9:00 pm

mweir145 wrote:
Bloody Sox wrote:
mweir145 wrote:I couldn't say, but that reminds me of another Torre move that didn't make any sense: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore ... =261007106

Yeah, good point... Arod was so bad at that point he shouldn't have been in the lineup.

What!? :-o

ARod had a .914 OPS in 2006, which ranked 3rd on the team behind Giambi and Abreu. Sure he was 1 for 11 in the first 3 games of that series, but you can't honestly believe that was a legitimate reason to move one of the greatest hitters of all time to 8th in the order? Right?

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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby auclairkeithbc » Sat May 30, 2009 9:27 pm

probably just to mess with you.
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Re: Can someone explain why Kemp is batting 8th?

Postby Ender » Sat May 30, 2009 10:35 pm

hett2333 wrote:
He probably should be hitting somewhere around 5 or 6, but at this point in his career he couldn't bat leadoff. K's way to much...



I will never understand this argument. Out of every player in your lineup a K in the leadoff spot hurts the least. I know in the long run it hurts your AVG which hurts your OBP but the bottom line is mostly you want a high OBP, K rate isn't even a minor concern in the equation.
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