LBJackal wrote:He's had a long, bad career as a hitter. Doesn't hit for average, doesn't hit for power, doesn't have any speed, and there is always the chance Utley will return to the starting lineup in which case him or Polanco would be on the bench.
Jackal, you omitted the fact that Bell has always been a clutch hitter. He could really help Philly stay atop the NL Central (as he helped the Giants on their road to the World Series in 2002) because he gets big hits.
Barring a horrible slump, I would be very surprised to see Bell or Polanco get benched in favor of Utley this season. Even when Utley was hitting and Bell and Polanco were not earlier this season, Utley still got a ticket to the minors.
Due to the facts that Bell plays in a stacked lineup, offensive park and gets big hits, I feel that he is a worthy starter if you are desperate in deep mixed leagues as well. However this week has been a fluke for David, he will not have a hot streak that compares to the tear that he has put upon the Expos pitching staff these last few days for the remainder of the season.