Is it just me or does platooning seem to be detrimental to everyone involved: the player, their team and fantasy managers.
Most players who platoon put up worst stats than if they were simply left in the team to start full time. One of the reasons Brian Roberts has given for his early season success is the fact that he does not have to look over his shoulder anymore and can relax and play his game. In most sports, coaches seem to think the best things for players is to let them know they are going to start which builds their confidnece and allows them to go out and play without the uncertainty or fear of what one bad performance entails, (think quaterbacks in the NFL). Of course too many bad performances, like anyone in any job, and you are in trouble, but some certainty is good
With regards to baseball and two of the most high profile platoon situations of the year so far, surely the Phillies would benefit from simply making Utley their everyday starter and the same goes for Pena in Cincinatti. Both currently have better stats than their platoon comrades and both are younger. Both need to be given time to develop, but from what they have already shown, they will!
Ok Pena strikes out a lot, but how is he ever going to cut down his strikes when every at bat could be his last. Even with all the homers, good average, rbis he has this year he can't oust Kearns, so what does Pena have to do? He goes out there and swings for the fences and naturally he strikes out. Give the guy some certainty and he will relax and take some balls, but right now he sees every ball as a his way to becoming a starter. This whole he is better hitting off lefties than righties thing is also stupid, how is he ever really going to get better if he isn't given the chance in a game situation.
The same goes for Utley, except that he is already a more refined player albeit older and with less upside than Pena. Surely both Cinci and Philly would benefit by making a decision and going with it, even if it was just for the month of May, but daily changing, it's helping noone. Make one your starter, send the other down to AAA, that way both are playing daily ball!
Is this just my opinion or does anyone really see the merits in platooning?