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Why isn't Soriano BATTING LEADOFF for the Rangers?!

Postby HolyCow101 » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:31 pm

Sure he is having a great year....but Soriano would really be a better player if he was batting leadoff. Being in the #3 spot has really cut off his SB numbers by a LANDSLIDE.


Not to mention he'd be a 5-tool player while we are at it. :~(
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Postby Mr Last Place » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:35 pm

His OBP would be low for a leadoff hitter
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Postby matmat » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:36 pm

errr...

i believe the rangers feel that Soriano is more productive for THEM in the 3 slot... they don't really care that he is not stealing bases as all his fantasy owners would love to see.
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Postby thehat » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:40 pm

Soriano is right where he should be in the Texas lineup. Michael Young has been just fine leading off. If you're suggesting the two players shift positions in the Ranger batting order, think again. That would make little sense.

You're basically debating against Buck Showalter on this one. Considering where Texas is in the standings, you have no argument.
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Postby ajgnydc722 » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:45 pm

matmat wrote:errr...

i believe the rangers feel that Soriano is more productive for THEM in the 3 slot... they don't really care that he is not stealing bases as all his fantasy owners would love to see.


Exactly. Texas doesn't care how many fantasy points he's putting up.
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Postby Althalius » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:50 pm

i agree with everyone else. Soriano has more pop, although I could see him batting in front of Blalock. Either way, I don't think showalter cares much about the fantasy community. :)
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Postby John Bonzo » Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:55 pm

Exactly...even if Soriano was leading off for Texas, his SBs would still be down because stealing bases is not a big part of the Ranger's strategy.
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Postby ilsa » Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:14 pm

If anything it might work better to have Blalock in the 3 and Soriano in the 2. I wouldn't be surprised to see this next year.
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Postby John Bonzo » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:00 am

ilsa wrote:If anything it might work better to have Blalock in the 3 and Soriano in the 2. I wouldn't be surprised to see this next year.


The problem is that Blalock hits down in the order against lefties (usually goes E Young, M Young, Soriano with Blalock hitting 5 or 6 against lefties, or he sits in favor of Perry). He may improve, but the fact remains that Blalock is not a very good hitter against lefty pitching. Youre right...next year it could change, but i cant see Blalock hitting 3rd against lefties for a couple years at least.
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Postby LBJackal » Sat Jul 17, 2004 1:12 am

Soriano would be a bad leadoff hitter. He has a bad OBA, and he has the power that makes him more valuable with men on base, rather than bases-empty.

Young and Blalock are 10x better at leadoff than Soriano is. SB's are a fantasy stat, they're not very important at all in real life.
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