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DRAFTAHOLIC wrote:Alfonso Soriano has made it clear that his legs are still not at 100%. Gone might be the days when he can steal you 40 bases but maybe that might be a good thing. If Lou P can get his head out of his, ah, well you know, he might realize that Alfonso is more valuable as a clean up hitter than the first bat in the lineup. The reason for his need to put Soriano first is because he feels Alfonso can get on base, steal 2nd and then be driven in by the bats behind him. But look at how many RBI Soriano lost last year because he was batting first? Alfonso had 39 HR's but only 85 RBI. Take away 39 from 85 and you get 46. Soriano only batted in 46 players (not named Alfonso). That stinks folks! Can you imagine what his RBI numbers would be if "SWEET" Lou woke the heck up and put Soriano where he needs to be?
So maybe, and you heard this first from me, maybe Soriano will bless us with his leg injury by having a few less stolen bases and a whole lot more RBI should he finally convince Lou that he would help the team by being moved down the the 3rd or 4th slot.
Only time will tell.
The problem with your logic here is that it doesn't account for Soriano getting a lot more AB's hitting leadoff than he would hitting cleanup. All those extra AB's result in extra HR's.
hwiggen wrote:Soriano has stated repeatedly that he does not feel comfortable batting in the middle of the order. And, without looking at the numbers right now, I believe the stats do show that. Pinella is smart enough to know that on paper Soriano should bat fifth or third but in reality it's just not going to work.
Alfonso really is a modern day Bobby Bonds.
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