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CT Smash wrote:A switch to 2nd normally would hurt someone's value, but I don't think such is the case with Wright. Batting 2nd means doing things that help your real team that don't translate into helping one's fantasy team. Things such as taking an extra strike or two in order to allow the lead-off guy (Reyes) to steal, giving yourself up by grounding one to second in order to allow Reyes to move to third. But because Wright is a good 2-strike hitter, that shouldn't bother him. And for everytime he is asked to ground one to the right side, he's likely to get as many more fastballs to tee-off on. Plus he will be protected by Beltran and Delgado opposed to being protected by Cliff Floyd this year. And should he walk when Reyes is on base, get ready for some double steals.
NewYorkMets7 wrote:I have not heard much about him hitting second this year...but I dont understand how it could possibly "hurt" his fantasy value...
1. His average wont change while batting 2nd, 5th, 6th w/e
2. He decreases in RBIs (slightly), but wont be a huge change because he can still hit in reyes
3. Homeruns will stay the same
4. He will get !!!ALOT!!! more runs...think about all of those doubles that will now turn into runs by beltran, delgado, or alou dirving him in
I think that his value will either stay the same or maybe go up in the dramatic increase of runs
Amazinz wrote:I think those stats are somewhat misleading due to the difference between the prototypical 2-hole hitter and the prototypical 5-hole hitter. It would be interesting to look at the average opportunities afforded a 2-hole hitter compared to a 5-hole hitter. Maybe it would lead us to the same conclusion. I'm not sure but my hunch is that it would be a substantial factor.
As for the original question, I have no idea. This question is buzzing around the various Internet Mets haunts as well. Randolph hasn't really spoke of it at all. Wright just started showing up in the 2-hole. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
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