Music2004Man wrote:wrveres wrote:Music2004Man wrote:People were asking why the Phils would want to trade Abreu so I'm going to try to help out. I'm a Phils fan so I've been hearing a lot of talk about it for the last year or so.
Abreu is the best "player" on the team (if you look solely at the stats). As such he has the highest trade value on the team right now and he also has the highest salary. What the Phils see right now is that their team isn't constructed correctly. They have way too many SO's in the lineup, not enough left/right and a lot of holes to fill (SP, C, 3b, MR, CL). Abreu has always been a numbers guy with a big ego (he once had someone mow 30/30 into his yard). He gets all of his HR's early in the game when it doesn't matter as much. If you look at his average from the 7th inning on he hits about 230. This is the type of player who is steady and puts up numbers but doesn't always contribute to the well-being of the team. By dropping his salary the Phils will also be
IMO, those are horrible reasons ... sry
I am sure those homeruns in the first few innings are just as important the homeruns late in the game. And I have never heard anything negative about him from the clubhouse, and I read the Philly paper almost daily.
As for his late inning BA, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out that opposing managers avoid his bat late and he gets a steady diet of picthes off the plate
Two things to say.....
1. First, I disagree that homers hit early in the game are as important as homers hit late in the game. A homer that puts you up 1-0 in the bottom of the first and a solo homer that is hit in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3 both untie the score. Therefore they serve the same function but because one was hit in the ninth it wins the game for you.
They both "win" the game for you. Without that run, they'd be tied.
Music2004Man wrote:By hitting a homer in the first there are still many chances for the other team to change the outcome of the game.
There are just as many chances in both circumstances; they have 27 outs to decide the outcome.
This is like saying a win late in the season is worth more than a win early. Its simply a bad misconception.