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bob123 wrote:as a met fan and someone who drafted wright this year, this gives me diarrhea. one of the stupidest things i've seen in a while. i don't see how this can last very long, but if it does, i'm gonna be real pissed.
from a new york newspaper: "The free-swinging Cameron wants no part of hitting in front of the pitcher, where he would be tempted by pitches out of the strike zone, and the only other choice is Doug Mientkiewicz, who hit seventh yesterday."
i like the way a guy on a mets message board phrased it: "This Cameron guy complains more than my wife."
This is obvious. Whoever hits 8th has only the pitcher as protection. Because of that, he will get NOTHING to hit. NOTHING. That means that a power hitter that can drive the ball over the wall isn't going to see any pitch that he can drive over the wall. All you will see are balls out of the strike zone.
Now, because of that, you would ideally love to put someone in the 8th spot in the order that is just as postent when they are NOT swinging than when they ARE swinging; someone whose stick is decent, but who has a great eye so as to lay off the many many many many many many many many many balls that will be out of the zone.
Unfortunately, we don't have someone like tha... WAIT! We Do! His name is Doug Mienkevitcz (sp?)! He's the kind of player that doesn't do much with the bat, but he can take a walk and he's veteran enough to milk the 8 hole for all it's worth.
So why the HECK do you not bat him 8th? If he gets nothing good to hit, so what? There's a good chance that if he does get something to hit, he'll ground it out anyway. So bat him 8th, and let Wright hit 6th or 7th. Wright is the kind of player that drive a pitch in the zone 450 feet over the wall. Menky can't.
So, what to do, what to do... Obviously, you bat Wright 8th and take the stick out of the BEST YOUNG HITTER IN BASEBALL'S hands...
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