Scooter1027 wrote:As someone mentioned, Damian's been hitting 6th, and well too. Branyan's hitting 7th with JJ behind him. So that does account for some of the walks. The 0-3 3K day against the Scrubbies is going to happen from time to time, especially against dominant pitching like Zambrano. Overall though, he does look better at the plate this year, and I believe (don't have the #s in front of me) he leads the team in p/pa.
Thanks Scooter. You always have great insights on your team.
SO what are your predictions for Branyan?
I'm optimistic for him, but I can understand the doubters. He doesn't exactly have a great career history. He won't stay where he is right now, he was in a zone there for awhile. He'll come back down, and it may have started last night against Zambrano and with this first K today against Dempster. I would peg him with a season average of about .255-.260 maybe. His HR numbers could be big, it really depends on how Yost plays him. For some reason, he has an infatuation with Jeff Cirillo, and Jeff's playing against every LHP that starts against us. It also depends on JJ Hardy's progress. Right now, JJ is hitting like a pitcher (.143 BA), so with essentially 2 pitchers hitting behind him, he's going to walk quite a bit.
I like Branyan right now for one reason in particular. He's hitting 7th, with Overbay (.359/.495/.654) hitting 5th and Damian Miller (.316/.388/.434) hitting 6th. He's got guys getting on base in front him, so he has the RBI opportunites, or he'll be walked to get to JJ. When/if JJ starts hitting, Russ should have some great opportunities. If you own him though, have someone else to play when the Brew plays lefties.