TheGuruu wrote:I think this hurts Utlley in the cats most ppl drafted him for.
He's suppose to be a power middle infielder - which is rare.
Now he'll put up less RBI's but more Runs. SB will probably go down since Abreu bats behind him. Since Abreu is a lefty it makes more sense to keep Utley on 1st since then the 1st basenmen is covering the runner on 1st leaving the entire left side open for Abreu.
Well, the main thing people will be concerned about is the HR, and they'll still be there. Also, with Rollins in front instead of Burrell (who doesn't exactly have a fantastic OBP), he'll probably get a similar number of RBIs. Sure, the R/RBI numbers will invert a bit, but I think it will overall improve his value. You may have a point regarding the stolen bases, however. We'll just have to wait and see.
mak1277 wrote:I'm going to differ with the other Rowand owners that don't like the move down to 6th for him. I actually am happy about it for a couple reasons.
1) Yes, it's true that he won't score as many runs hitting 6th, but he should have more RBIs. I'd prefer 80 runs and 85 RBIs to 100 rund and 60 RBIs, personally.
Yeah, 'cause David Bell and Mike Lieberthal are RBI machines and will knock him in ~80 times. He'll do well to score 70 with those two hitting behind him. And no matter which way you put it, Rollins is a better table-setter than Howard. Frankly, I would have looked for more than 60 RBIs from him in the 2-hole, but if you drafted him just expecting 60, you will probably see an improvement with him moving down.
2) I think he'll have more SB opportunities hitting 6th. Think about it this way, if he's hitting 2nd and Rollins gets on in front of him, then he likely won't steal. If Rollins doesn't get on, he's still less likely to steal w/ Abreu up because of the hole created on the right side of the infield.
This is true. And they might want to send him to avoid DPs and the like, as well.
Now hitting 6th, with Bell behind him, there is no reason at all for him not to steal if he's the only guy on-base. Particularly because you want him in scoring position for both the 7th and 8th hitters, ahead of the pitcher.
Agreed. But at the same time, I still don't think he'll be a prolific base stealer. 20+, but more than 30 is unlikely.